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Last year, when we told you about the Global Festival happening in Central Park, hopefully you were inspired to take action on social issues like women’s equality and extreme poverty whether or not you got to see Neil Young, Foo Fighters and more perform in Central Park or via the webstream. The Global Poverty Project is organizing another Festival this September in New York, with artists like Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon and John Mayer slated to appear.


Wonder has been making news recently following his boycott of touring Florida until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is repealed. He understands the need for action and he shows his support for the Global Citizen endeavor with the statement, “It’s a great thing that we have people that do care, and those who do care are the ones who are going to make a difference in the world. Those of us who do care are the ones who have made a commitment - not just our mouths but with our hearts - that we will make a difference in the world. We must make a difference in the world. Talk is cheap but actions speak loud.”


Global Citizen Festival

You can make a difference by visiting festival.globalcitizen.org and earning points. As society is becoming more gamified already, why not earn recognition for doing something good? By viewing videos on Child Mortality, writing letters to your Senators, posting content on your blogs and Twitter and more, you’ll show that you are conscious of the social issues and help make a difference.


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From the press release: “The Global Poverty Project, in proud partnership with the Cotton On Foundation, today announced the 2013 Global Citizen Festival – a free ticketed concert on the Great Lawn of New York’s iconic Central Park – will take place on September 28, 2013 with Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, and John Mayer.


Starting today, free tickets to the 2013 Festival can be earned at www.globalfestival.com where fans can take online “action” to earn their admission. By watching videos, signing petitions, sending emails to world leaders, etc. participants become active and learn about the four main themes behind this year’s Festival: education, women’s equality, global health, and global partnerships. Fans will be notified throughout the summer when they have been selected to receive tickets via Ticketmaster.com.


The Global Citizen Festival is once again timed to put pressure on world leaders as they gather at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This year, the Global Citizen Festival will celebrate the achievements made toward ending extreme poverty, and provide world leaders with a clear and compelling mandate to accelerate progress on the issues of education, women’s equality, global health, and global partnerships to help end extreme poverty by 2030.


“Since 1990, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been halved. We are working to see the end of extreme poverty in our lifetime,” said Hugh Evans, CEO, The Global Poverty Project. “We must continue to push our leaders to step up and commit to action in the areas we know are fundamental to ending extreme poverty. This is not just a concert – we are building a movement of yearlong action by thousands of citizens. World leaders respond when citizens call for change. The Global Citizen Festival is that call.”“


Sachyn Mital can be reached at mital () popmatters dot com. He is based in New York where he serves as a Contributing Editor and an events photographer for PopMatters. If you prefer to communicate in 140 characters or less, you can try @sachynsuch. Visit his site sachynmital.com while you're at it.


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