Community New & Politics - Events

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.


The Special Olympics New York Junior Committee is at it again on August7th. Join them for another rousing cocktail benefit downtown, at Hotel Chantelle, to support the 56,000 athletes of Special Olympics New York. Drinks will be flowing and music will be pumping! Celebrate summer with us on the roof deck -- see you there!

Join a dedicated group of volunteers to knit and crochet housewarming gifts for Habitat for Humanity on August 17th! All 2012 yarn crafts will be donated to 12 new Habitat families who will be moving into a new complex in the Brownsville-Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn. We provide yarn and advanced instruction; you bring the tools and skill

Join QUEEROCRACY and Visual AIDS on Thursday, July 19th, as they facilitate a process of what it takes to create an action.  An emphasis will be placed on the communicative and community aspect of activism. The goal is to ensure that all those who want to participate in current AIDS activism can begin to find their place of empowerment within the ever-growing and multifaceted movement. 

Annmarie Cantrell will separate fact from fiction this Wednesday, July 11th. She’ll debunk diet myths and will present studies that support the health benefits of including nutrient-dense, healing foods in the diet, like a mix of cooked, raw, and fermented vegetables. 

Sal Polisi owns a wood carving shop at the foot of Pier 15.  Last year, Sal was told by the City (NYC Economic Development Corp.) that his shop would be relocated underneath the FDR Drive, in close proximity to its current location. Apparently this offer has been rescinded, and he is now facing eviction. The Seaport Committee of Community Board 1 will meet tonight, Tuesday, June 19th, and Sal’s plight will be on the agenda. Please come down and speak on Sal’s behalf, or just show your support by being present.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center is holding an electronic waste ("e-waste") recycling event in Chelsea on June 16th to responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics from New York City residents.

‘Shop Your Values Week’ is a campaign to encourage New Yorkers to support local business that offer ethical and green products and services. It is a time to come together as a community, and take advantage of the over 200 discounts and incentives, as well as free activities like yoga and bike tours.

The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is a fun-filled community fundraiser to support your local Best Buddies programs of inclusion. Our friendship, integrated employment and leadership programs educate people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to be advocates for social inclusion in your community.