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“[...] Where use of resources and emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants are going down, not up; where the air and waterways are accessible and clean; where land is used efficiently and shared parks and public spaces are plentiful and easily visited; where people of different ages, income levels and cultural backgrounds share equally in environmental, social and cultural benefits; where many needs of daily life can be met within a 20-minute walk and all may be met within a 20-minute transit ride; where industry and economic opportunity emphasize healthy, environmentally sound practices.”


The New York Public Library needs your help to stop a proposed $43 million city budget cut. It takes just seconds to make a donation or sign a letter urging elected officials to reverse the harshest cut in NYPL's history and help preserve vital Library services.  Speak up for Jefferson Market Library NOW!


Last week, faith leaders took their voices and congregations to New York City Hall in Albany, requesting the state's minimum raised by $1.25, coming to $8.50/hour. Yesterday, they received insult atop injury. New York State lawmakers are now moving to raise their own base salaries— over $20,000! Faith leaders will gather on the steps of NYC's City Hall, Wednesday at 3pm to call out this hypocritical position.


Scientists have calculated that humans have between 70 and 100 trillion cells in our bodies. Although we often aren't mindful of what's going on inside us, we are becoming increasingly aware that something must be done to keep those cells clean and nourished... or else!


Sad to say, Americans, both adults as well as children, are the most drugged people in the world, with the average adult taking 11 prescription drugs! And, are we learning about them from educated, caring doctors? No, we're not! Hardly a half-hour on TV passes without at least one drug touted as the answer to everything from indigestion to impotence! To make it even more disgusting, they candidly reveal up to 70 different potential side effects that even include DEATH! If that's not weird and despicable, I don't know what is.


The Hunger Action Network of New York State, has made a public statement disagreeing with the assertion of Governor Cuomo’s office that state Labor Law does not give them broad powers to raise the minimum wage. In the past, Cuomo’s office has stated they are limited to raising the wage administratively only in a few industries.

The Gulf of Mexico may be open for business and eager to attract tourists, but it’s still unclear whether or not marine and coastal ecosystems there are healthy two years after BP’s offshore drilling rig exploded 40 miles off the Louisiana coast, eventually releasing 205.8 million gallons of oil into the water column.


I've often warned that if a company has enough money to advertise on TV, it's claims are probably false at best— and disastrous at worst. In the case of Kashi GoLean, it's the latter!


State Senator Daniel Squadron honored Beastie Boys founder Adam "MCA" Yauch with a resolution on the Senate floor. The resolution, which recognizes Yauch's and the Beastie Boys' major contributions to music, as well as Yauch's political activism, passed the Senate yesterday afternoon.


A project of the non-profit Green America, the “Fair Trade Your Supermarket” campaign aims to empower consumers to advocate for more “Fair Trade” products on store shelves at their local supermarkets. Fair trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities and the environment by ensuring that farmers and artisans throughout the developing world are paid fair prices for their work and have direct involvement in the marketplace.