San Francisco Freedom Forum

“To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.”- Elie Wiesel

Last week a few of us from Manhattan Portage were lucky enough to attend the freedom forum supported by the Human Rights Foundation in San Francisco. This truly was an amazing event. We originally were involved with this event by working with the directors to supply our customized DJ bags to the forum, but we wanted to be more involved so we decided instead of just sending the bags to the staff and attendees we were going to actually fly from New York to San Francisco and attend this event. We’re definitely glad we did.

When we entered the doors of the forum in the Bently Reserve Building we were right away greeted with friendly faces and given a name tag and our collaboration MP bags loaded with goodies. The staff was kind enough to give everyone a handful of books written by the speakers, a notepad, pen, granola bars, chocolates and even tic tacs! We were happy to see our bags put to good use. Everyone was very appreciative of not just the bags- but the kind gifts that were inside them as well.

Above is the entrance to the Bently Reserve- where the forum was held

There were three sessions of speeches- all which were amazing. The speaker’s included: Manal al Sharif, Justine Hardy, Marina Nemat, William Dobson, Ethan Nadelmann, Naomi Natale, Mona Eltahawy, Marcel Granier, George Ayittey, Pyoty Verzilov, and Aung San Suu Kyi. All of these speakers/activists were truly inspirational and it was a pleasure to hear them speak about their lives, concerns, wants and dreams.

Although all of the speeches were amazing, one really stood out to us the most. Naomi Natale is an artist and the founder of “One Million Bones.” Naomi uses art to raise awareness of horrible actions that are going on in the world in hopes for people to realize and spread the word and then to take a stand and make a change. During her speech she showed us a video that sums up what she does,  please watch the video below:


As you can see from the video Naomi does an amazing job with using art to create awareness  We were so very touched by her speech and this above video and hope you are too.

We also took many photos at the events and of course wanted to share those with you too. So here you are..

Arriving to San Franciso we saw this trolley, this is a very typical thing to see in San Fran and it was a nice welcome for us as well.

 

An attendee, Marlon with our Collaboration bag

Another attendee, Fereed-  with our collaboration bag

Lining up for lunch. We had a wonderful lunch at Le Meridien Hotel.

Aung San Suu Kyi giving her amazing speech.

Aung San Suu Kyi receiving the “Vaclav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent.”

Please view Aung San Suu Kyi’s motivational speech here:

 

 

Thank you everyone for reading this post and we hope that you are now inspired to stand up for what you believe in and to always have a voice.

Best wishes,

Manhattan Portage

Thanks for coming!

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at ING Cafe for an afternoon of bike trivia and bingo. We hope all the winners are enjoying their new MP bags!

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May 22: Celebrate Bike Month and Win an MP Bag!

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Join us in celebrating Bike Month at the ING Direct Cafe this Saturday, May 22 from 1-3 pm! Enjoy an afternoon of delicious coffee and treats while you learn to make bike repairs and play games to win Manhattan Portage bags (among other things!).  If you’re not the competitive type, don’t worry. All attendees will receive a whistle/lanyard (perfect for combating taxis on your morning ride) and a flier worth 10% off any purchase made at the Manhattan Portage/Token Store May 22-23.

ING Direct Cafe: 968 3rd Ave (at E 58th Street)

MP/Token Store: 258 Elizabeth Street

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HK Flagship Store!

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What’s that photo?  It’s our new flagship store in Hong Kong!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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It’s been pretty dreary here in New York for a couple of days, but now the weather is beautiful.  But since I didn’t see any rainbow after the sky cleared up, there’s probably no pot of gold either.  But there is the fantastic St. Patrick’s Day parade going down 5th Avenue as we speak!

I’d go join in, instead I’m updating our blog to tell all of you that we will be sharing the celebration by offering a free pouch (this one) with an order of any green or olive colored bag on manhattanportage.com today or tomorrow!  Just write “SHAMROCK” in the notes/comments section when you check out!

Which Irish pub are you going to tonight?

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URB 2008 Holiday Party with KeysNKrates

KeysNKrates, what more can we say other than brilliant, super, excellent, fantastic, superb!!! We HIGHLY recommend checking this electronic/hip hop situation out courtesy of Ontario. Promises you won’t be disappointed!

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Bike Month NYC May 2008

Bike Month 2008

It’s bike month here in NYC, and there are biking events going on all throughout the city all month long!

This is the 17th annual bike month.  Bike month celebrates alternative transportation through New York City, both as a way to decrease congestion and make people healthier in the process.

Today there is both the Central Park moonlight bike ride (which begins at Columbus Circle at 10 pm).  Beforehand, riders can meet up in Astoria, Queens to wet their whistle at the  Bohemian Beer Garden (24th Ave. at 29th St., Astoria).

There are a ton of biking events going on throughout the city.  I have my eyes on the Cycle Punk opening show, which features Team Spider at the East Sixth St. Community Center in Manhattan, starts at 7PM all ages.  Sliding scale donation of $5 – 10 at the door.

Check out the Bike Month NYC website for tons more events!

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NY Comic Con

NY ComicCon

Attention all comic nerds, the NY Comic Con is coming up this weekend. I purchased tickets for Saturday myself, but I still still haven’t decided if I am going to dress up or not.

It seems a bit unfair that 3 day tickets are $45 and a one day ticket is $35, but what can you do? Saturday is when the majority of things seems to be going on anyway.

I am most excited about the Venture brothers panel, but we shall see. Full update on the show after the weekend.

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