In his first press conference since being exonerated after serving 18 years for a crime he did not commit, Fernando Bermudez will join State Senator Eric T. Scheniderman, civil rights advocates and elected officials TOMORROW to endorse the “Actual innocence Act" (S.6234). This legislation establishes “actual innocence” as a lawful basis for vacating a prior conviction, giving the wrongfully convicted an opportunity to directly prove their innocence.
NYC Rescue Mission’s Monthly Food Pantry provides food assistance to poor/hungry families in Lower Manhattan, especially Chinatown. These families belong to the poorest population in NYC--ie. those who live below the poverty line; they seek food help from NYCRM’s 3rd-Saturday-of-the-month pantry to help make ends meet. Chinese-language-proficiency volunteers, such as recently elected Margaret Chin, are helpful during the 9:45am-11:45pm distribution of grocery bags, each of which contains 7 meals’ worth of food (including a balance of meat, vegetable, and starch). 50 preselected families.
Enjoy a rare evening of wine tasting with one of America's most prolific and popular comedian/writer/actors Lewis Black at the release of his wine, “Black Red Wine”. Black’s wine is said to be “a compelling high-end, spicy, upfront and robust mix of premium California Napa and Lake Country Cabernet Sauvignon.” Sounds hilarious. Or eh, at least his live performance will be. 100% of the sales will benefit the 52nd Street Project, a not-for-profit organization that matches the kids of Hell's Kitchen with professional theater artists to create original theatre.
“On Dasher, On Design, on Greene!” …Come and take a stroll down Greene Street in Soho, to enjoy Italian food, drinks, and the best and most beautiful in Italian design. Participating retailers include world famous firms; Alessi, Artemide, FontanaArte, LucePlan, and SICIS. Guests will have the opportunity to enter raffles to win prizes and sample traditional Italian holiday fare such as panettone and Asti Spumante. Buon Natale!
St. Luke's School's annual holiday fair, One World Christmas, features a children's carnival, a maze, karaoke, arts and crafts, an elf dress-up photo room, songs, stories, a silent auction, raffles, a gift bazaar, home baked sweets, and more.
In conjunction with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Sex Ed Advocacy Group will be hosting a performing arts event commemorating World AIDS Day while continuing to raise awareness about the current state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York and showcase PPNYC's Project Streetbeat Program, which works with at-risk populations.
Home to many of the political, creative, and intellectual movements in New York’s history, Washington Square with its amazing female population accounts for much of that vitality. Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Roebling, Bella Abzug, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Ida Tarbell, Emily Post, Edna St Vincent Millay are among the fascinating women that all shared this New York neighborhood.
“[The Audobon Society’s] recently-released Birds and Climate report clearly shows that climate change is affecting birds – and our world – now. For the past 40 years, as our climate has warmed, birds have shifted their winter ranges further and further north. This ecological disruption is yet another wake up call that we must act quickly to solve the climate crisis. The birds' northward movement is another signal that climate change is here and action is needed now.
Business and development interests in Chinatown will meet on Monday with local preservationists to figure out how to keep the economic investment engine that has long driven Chinatown from now bulldozing Chinatown. The future of the Chinatown Working Group process and of Chinatown itself depend on whether divergent needs of economy and of community and culture can be resolved.