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Can you recall a time when there was a bigger backlash against women’s reproductive and workplace rights? Birth control, equal pay—even rape victims—are under attack. What do women stand to lose, and how can we get back on track? Join the discussion with NOW-NYC and leading advocates for women, tonight at 6pm. Panelists include Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Shelby Knox, and Tamika Mallory.

Join the fight against hydrofracking! Stand alongside Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Lennon, Josh Fox, Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto, and the Artists Against Fracking for a special screening of “Gasland.” Proceeds will benefit the Water Defense International WOW Company.  Thursday, October 18th, at 7pm.

As part of it’s 30th anniversary celebration the Hunger Action Network has been holding events around the state, honoring the work of the many who have dedicated themselves to eliminating hunger and poverty. On World Food Day, Tuesday, October 16th, they will hold one such gathering in New York City. “Cream of the Crop” will include light refreshments from local purveyors and chefs including Mary Cleaver, Liz Neumark, Hawthorne Valley and many others, as well as Brooklyn Brewery, with DJ Shomi Noise to get you on your feet! 

StraightTalk is a three day annual event that begins on October 12th, bringing together LGBT influencers for a weekend of discussion and debate, where politicians, business professionals, celebrities, and educators explore issues important to the LGBT community.

Who ever heard of a 'Spy Conference'? Aren't those meetings supposed to happen on darkened, rainy street corners? Aren’t the participants forbidden to use their real names, and make contacts which last only long enough to pass along secret, coded messages? No Film Noir has a moment where participants 'break character,' the film stops, and actors mingle to discuss fantastic escapes, stolen documents, or lost they? What would a visitor to a 'Spy Conference' expect to find there, anyway? More intriguing, who would go to such a conference?

AFA and Sloan Fine Art are pleased to present “Awakened,” a ten day exhibition and fundraising event, inspired by, and benefiting the pet companions that brighten all of our lives.  For this special exhibition, curator Alix Sloan has challenged over sixty artists to create works inspired by the powerful impact of animals in our lives and homes.  The cocktail reception for “Awakened” is Saturday, September 22nd from 5 to 8pm

"Ruptures: Forms of Public Address", on exhibition through October 13th,explores politically vital issues surrounding the struggle for democracy and public space. Situated within the context of the upcoming U.S. elections and the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, the exhibition explores the urgency, promise, and fragility of public and fearless speech within the aftermath of the 2010-11 demonstrations that have erupted across the world in city streets, university campuses and urban centers.

Today at 11am, the newly formed National Council of Elders (NCOE) will release the Greensboro Declaration, the first statement of the organization since its founding a month ago. The NCOE founding conference was held in Greensboro, NC, site of the historic Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, which represented a major advance in the civil rights struggle.

On Thursday, September 13, Tariq Ramadan, one of the world's leading Islamic thinkers, will speak in The Great Hall on "Islam and the Arab Awakening."  One of the most important developments in the modern history of the Middle East, the so-called Arab Spring began in Tunisia in December 2010, bringing down dictators, sparking a civil war in Libya, and igniting a bloody uprising in Syria. Its long-term repercussions in Egypt and elsewhere remain unclear. Prof. Ramadan will discuss his searching and provocative new book on the Arab awakening.

On August 18th, FringeNYC presents I’m Sorry, a one-woman play, written and performed by Katy Lidsky, about how a people-pleasing apologist became an animal-loving activist. Funny and poignant, this hour-long dramedy, focuses on one woman's journey to finding her voice.