Pretty much anything goes at Comic Con. The more elaborate the better, as people stopped to pose with one another, making friends along the way. Some have been going for years. For others, the 2013 New York Comic Con was a first. Parents brought their kids, and students played hooky from school. An estimated 130,000 people are expected to walk through the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City throughout the weekend. That’s a jump from last year’s 116,000 convention-goers. People traveled as far as Hawaii to take it all in. Many celebrities will be sitting on panels and meeting with devoted fans, including William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Seth Green, Sylvester Stallone, David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Sigourney Weaver, actors from “Game of Thrones” and the cast of TV’s “The Walking Dead.” Approximately 700 exhibitors from the publishing, TV, film and comic worlds are on site to get the word out about their projects. Though not as big as San Diego’s Comic Con , the New York convention is definitely growing. Stallone was out and about signing autographs. Saturday will see “The Walking Dead” panel, which will screen new footage from the upcoming season.
And the newly minted Christian abolitionists believe they have something to offer the fight against modern slavery. Barnard sophomore Esther Kitavire thinks its about time Christians started dealing with the issue of trafficking. Kyle VanEtten Danielle Rae Douglass, a survivor of sex slavery, speaks to a group of students at Columbia Universitys St. Paul Chapel. The mother of two is working on Tricked, a documentary about her story. The Bible is always talking about helping the widows and the poor and weve got that down, the 19-year-old told The News. Helping sex slaves? Thats not something Christians usually talk about. RELATED: EX-VICTORIAS SECRET MODEL LAUNCHES CHRISTIAN CLOTHING LINE Price of Life spokesperson, Jonathan Walton, said that the hesitancy to engage in these issues arises because Christians are afraid to put their faith into practice. Vulnerability is not a part of the culture in the church, Walton said. So these issues get pushed outside the church. But the need is still there. Kyle VanEtten Helen Sworn is the founder of Chab Dai, an anti-trafficking organization located in Cambodia. New York City is a hub for traffickers and a hell on earth for victims. Its hard to estimate how many victims are living in New York, since much of the trafficking happens under the radar. They can be funneled into the city to either work as sex slaves or as unpaid laborers. The United States is the second most popular destination in the world for trafficked women, according to Restore NYC .
New York’s WBAI (99.5 FM) seeks leasing deal to save station
10 to order that the request be published. There is a Nov. 6 deadline for responses. WBAI, which has been financially precarious for almost the whole six decades it has broadcast in New York, has recently slid to the edge of insolvency, laying off staffers and warning that it cannot pay its bills. Some members of the PNB have reportedly advocated selling WBAI, which would relieve Pacifica of that ongoing debt crisis and provide capital for the other Pacifica stations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Washington. WBAI supporters in New York, on the station board and off, have largely resisted that idea. WBAI 99.5 FM New York via Facebook The station’s listenership has also dwindled the last few years. But none of the long-contentious and faction-ridden supporters have been able to implement a plan that would put WBAI on firm financial footing. The station’s listenership has also dwindled the last few years. Despite having a 50,000-watt signal in the middle of the FM dial, WBAI draws an audience closer to that of college stations. The most prominent show on the station is Amy Goodman’s “Democracy Now.” That big signal and dial position could make WBAI attractive to potential buyers, or leasers. The LMA is often used in radio to transfer programming control while a station is going through the sometimes-lengthy process of getting approval for a sale.