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No doubt, marketers are hard at work targeting our children with their messages and creating young demand for their products. Companies in the U.S. today spend some $17 billion yearly advertising to children, a 150-fold increase from just a few decades ago. Some cash-strapped school districts have even started selling ads on and sometimes in their school buses as a way to bolster sagging education budgets.

Honoring Chef Todd English, the American Cancer Society Presents “The 7th Annual Taste of Hope,” its signature culinary, wine and spirits event. Featuring some of New York’s most popular chefs, restaurants and beverage vendors, guests enjoy a walk around tasting format where they can sample signature dishes, premier wines and spirits and inventive cocktails. Hosted annually by the American Cancer Society, all proceeds from Taste of Hope go toward our goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

The Museum of Natural History celbrates "Cherry Blossoms: Japan Fest" for the 100th anniversary of the gift of Japanese cherry blossoms to New York City with four days of family-friendly activities.

Poverty in America officially has a new face: women. More than half of the 46.2 million Americans living in poverty are women, and 29 percent of adult women are more likely to be poor than adult men. In celebration of Women’s History Month, join broadcaster Tavis Smiley and an panel of forward-thinking experts for a thought-provoking conversation outlining the root causes of poverty among women and children—and developing real solutions.

The Zeitgeist Movement is a global sustainability advocacy organization with a focus on using modern technologies to install a new socioeconomic model that would improve our current food, transportation, environment and lives! It’s an ambitious organization with a cardinal cause. Join the do-gooders on their annual event, ZDay, to celebrate not only the ideas of the The Zeitgeist Movement but also the creativity of socially conscious artists in our community. This year's line up of events includes talented musicians, performers and speakers. All are welcome!

Seven faith leaders led a total of 15 people arrested outside Governor Cuomo’s New York office (633 3rd Ave) at noon. The faith leaders kneeled in prayer before five beds to symbolize the real impact his proposed cuts to human services budget will have on the homeless and other communities in need. Declaring the budget a moral document, leaders demanded that the loopholes letting the wealthiest corporations off the hook over a billion dollars from the treasury must be closed.

Yesterday, more than 5,000 people formed the world's largest unemployment line stretching 3 miles along Broadway from the bull on Wall Street to Union Square. Holding pink slips above our heads, they stood for 14 minutes in solidarity with the 14 million currently unemployed. It was a stunning visual evocation of the need for policies that encourage job creation versus tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest one percent. 

The “Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair” celebrates its 33rd anniversary this February, at P.S. 3 in the West Village. "The Hippie School" as it’s alternative education pioneers fondly nicknamed it in 1971 (and by which it is still known today) sponsors this event yearly to raise funds for the school's inspired enrichment programs.

The state attorneys general just announced a major settlement on foreclosure fraud, or "robosigning." For over a year, banks have been fighting tooth and nail for a deal that would have given them a "Get Out of Jail Free" card for their actions that caused the economic crisis. They didn't get it, thanks to the efforts of MoveOn members and other progressives, who helped a brave group of state attorneys general stand up to the banks.

Please join NYU for a panel discussion on the importance of government funding for the arts. The panel will include Director of Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Sergio Bessa; Executive Director at American Theatre Wing, Heather Hitchens; and Executive Director of the Cultural Strategies Initiative, Paul Nagle. The conversation will be moderated by Director of the NYU Fales Library, Marvin Taylor.