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> 24 hours of Stand Up and Speak Out Kicks Off with New York Event

> With music, speeches, a guided meditation and a magician walking over glass, the 24 hours of Stand Up and Speak Out kicked off on the ever-bustling Union Square, in the heart of New York City.

> From the stage, presenter Jeffrey Fracé asked passers-by to participate in the event, organized by the Art of Living Foundation New York. He told these New Yorkers that they could take part in the global movement, simply by standing up from the big blue tarp laid out on the famous square and repeating the anti-poverty pledge – urging governments to show courage and resolve in meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

This is just one of the many events taking place as part of the global STAND UP Against Poverty campaign. Stand up and be counted by visiting the Stand Up site and register your details.