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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.

For four years I’ve kept quiet, publishing nary a word regarding my experience as a victim of mortgage fraud and the resulting wrongful foreclosures of not one of my properties, but two.


Join the Harlem Educational Activities Fund on May 3rd for an evening of dancing and refreshments as we raise funds to help high potential, under-resourced public school students achieve college success! HEAF is a comprehensive, non-profit supplemental education and youth development organization that helps motivated students develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values, and personal resiliency they need to ensure success in school, career, and life.


One of the most haunting fears of both young and older women is that aging will take away their sexual desire... and desirability. For years I was desperately afraid that growing older would turn me into a sexless, incapacitated old woman. This fear, rather than paralyzing me, set me on a path to counter that fearful scenario. Having reached the age of 75, I am thrilled that my vow to transform aging from a dreaded inevitability into a vital adventure, has been successful.


Indeed, LED (light emitting diode) lighting does seem to be the wave of the future right now, given the mercury content and light quality issues with the current king-of-the-hill of green bulbs, the compact fluorescent (CFL).  But LEDs do have a dark side. A study published in late 2010 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that LEDs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially dangerous substances.

The Administration PR Fail on the Securitization Task Force
Remember that mortgage securitization task force that would supposedly satisfy the public’s deep yearning for some basic law enforcement by prosecuting the banks for securities fraud? Well, lately people have been pointing out that the task force isn’t showing many signs of life, and is showing every indication of being slow walked by the Feds. For starters, more than two monthsafter the task force’s creation, it hasn’t been staffed with the 55 people its budget calls for. How’s that for serious commitment from the Feds? continue reading...


In lieu of the “well-dressed groper,” targeting women on the Upper East Side and Lower Manhattan, and because April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Speaker Christine Quinn has organized a series of meetings. The events are to discuss the recent attacks and teach residents how they can protect themselves against assault.


What are GMO's anyway? Genetically Modified Organisms are created when genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses or human, are forced into the DNA of another crop, or even into animals to produce new traits. This relatively new technology is becoming more and more widespread as chemical companies keep creating new strains of DNA altered seeds, and forcing farmers to use them.


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.


Check out the latest from our friends at the Home Preservation Network:

Alternative to Foreclosure Tested - WSJ.com
Bank of America Corp. is launching a pilot program that will allow homeowners at risk of foreclosure to hand over deeds to their houses and sign leases that will let them rent the houses back from the bank at a market rate. continue reading...