NY Artist Wins MacArthur Award; Nonprofit Says U.S. Teens Trade Sex for Food

 

Here’s what’s happening Today in the 914, according to Westchester Woman: NY Artists Wins MacArthur Award; Nonprofit Says U.S. Teens Trade Sex for Food; MORE.

1.) New York Artist Mary Reid Kelley, 37, was recently awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation 2016 fellowship grant which comes along with a giant chunk of no-strings attached cash for her to pursue her life’s work.

The organization funds projects that aim to create a “more just, verdant, and peaceful world.” Kelley’s videos explore the role of women throughout history:

Read more about her in Westchester Magazine:

Olivebridge Artist Awarded MacArthur Foundation Grant

Mary Reid Kelley has a head for confrontational art. Photo Courtesy of The John D. Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation And you thought the Walking Dead crew’s been keeping a weighty secret under its hat.

 

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3.) While our tax dollars still fund war and subsidies for oil companies, they don’t ensure that our teen girls won’t go hungry.

A recent report from Feeding America says American girls are so desperate for a meal that they are trading sex with wealthier men for food. The report suggests that the stigma and the logistical challenges of going to a food bank or somewhere else for help is what is driving them to “date” wealthy men for food, cash and other goods.

“We don’t know how prevalent this is,” Emily Engelhard, managing director of research and evaluation at Feeding America, told The Huffington Post. “If there are two or three teens that are engaging in this behavior, or if there are 1,000 or more, that’s still too many. It’s really important for us to understand the extremes that teens are going to so that we can try and do a better job of helping them.”

Read more in former Westchester reporter Eleanor Goldberg’s story in the Huffington Post:

Some Poor U.S. Teens Trade Sex For Food Because They’re So Desperate For A Meal

It’s a familiar and heartbreaking narrative. But it’s one you’ve likely only heard about developing countries, not the United States. Some low-income U.S. teens who are desperate for food are engaging in transactional sex with older, wealthy adults in order to get something to eat, according to a report released Monday by Feeding America, a nonprofit food bank network, and the Urban Institute research group.

4.) Today’s headlines:

New Yorkers No Longer On Hook For Utility Company Fees Of Dead Relatives

New Yorkers who have passed away will no longer be responsible for paying their utility company fees thanks to new legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The legislation prevents telecommunications companies and utility providers from charging a contract termination or early cancellation fee in the event of a customer’s death.

Not Registered To Vote? Registration Drives Held In White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — With the presidential election quickly approaching, the League of Women Voters of White Plains recruited nearly 50 volunteers to register new voters on Tuesday, Sept. 27 which was National Voter Registration Day. Oct. 19 is the deadline to register or update your registration in New York state.

Star Chefs Whip Up Support for Clearwater and Hudson River

Clearwater alongside an NYC water taxi. Photo by Dorice Arden When Eli Schloss saw a “fish grow on trees” bumper sticker, the message stuck with him. He uses it in his educational workshops and tours for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a grassroots organization created to preserve and protect the Hudson River.