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In all likelihood, someone you know is fighting cancer. Rock out, support them and fight back! On Sunday, August 18th, Highline Ballroom will host the first annual Milk and Honey Music Festival to benefit the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Onili, Y-Love, Shira Gavrielov, Max Jared, Arlene Gould, Mikey Pauker and more will play.  Listen to some good tunes for a good cause.  It's win-win.


The Center for Health and Environmental Justice needs your help to test school supplies to find out if they contain hidden toxic chemicals this summer.  Watch to learn more!


Let’s start with the strong points. Scott Stringer has been a hands on guy downtown and made the round of the clubs and, as Borough President, has had the ability to pick and choose members of the Community Boards.


Through oral history, photography, archival footage, and submitted pieces, "Queers in Exile: The Unforgotten Legacies of LGBTQ Homeless Youth" running through July 28th, engages the voices of Sylvia Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, San Francisco's Vanguard youth, and more in an intergenerational conversation that reflects the incredible resilience and important contributions of LGBTQ homeless and transitional young people in spite of society's desire to keep them at the margins.


 
Downtown is Democratic. And, SoHo has nearly always been a Democratic Arts Village. From guerilla art to condo decorations, from Frosty Myers to Bob Bolles, SoHo has nearly always followed the left of center, piggy-backing on its more liberal and progressive neighbor, Greenwich Village.

On Wednesday, July 17 more than 76 organizations and groups are convening to host a Mayoral candidate forum and to discuss the future of food in New York City. The forum will be moderated by Marion Nestle, award-winning author and Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. The forum will offer our city’s and our region’s food communities — that’s you! – the opportunity to come together and engage mayoral candidates, learn their positions on food issues, and inspire them with a vision for a better food system.


The Children's Magical Garden at Norfolk and Stanton streets on the lower east side are being dug up by developer Serge Hoyda. Hoyda has a construction crew in the community garden and has begun digging giant holes for a new plywood fence within the space he is claiming. The garden is sacred to the children in the community and they are shocked and saddened.

The community asks for their representatives to find a solution, just as they have before with another two lots.

For more information go to moregardens.org and nyccgc.org


In all truth, I have to admit that I too experienced aging as a dreadful punishment. A former dancer, I had been super-fit with an appealing body for most of my adult life. Initially I resented and cursed the varicose and spider veins that were showing up on my legs.  What did I finally come to learn from this body image hatred? I realized that without even being aware of what was happening, I had become a victim of the omnipresent negative brainwashing we are fed by the media daily.


East Village alliances, businesses, neighbors, friends and concerned citizens have already begun to donate to an emergency fundraiser to help cover the medical costs of 62-year-old flower shop operator Akkas Ali who suffered severe injuries after being plowed down by a drunk driver.

To donate click here.

While it is true that habitat loss as a result of human encroachment is a primary threat to birds and wildlife of all kinds, outdoor cats are no doubt exacerbating the loss of biodiversity as their numbers swell and they carry on their instinctual business of hunting.


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