Voices in Focus: In Divided Crown Heights, Teens Seek Connection

In the video above, by WNYC’s Radio Rookies, four Caribbean teenagers make it their mission to learn about their Lubavitch Jewish neighbors in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. Their quest was inspired in part by the Ippies-award-winning documentary, “Living Apart in Crown Heights,” by the Jewish Daily Forward, about the legacy of the violent riots between Jews and Caribbeans 20 years ago.

In other news from the ethnic and community press:

* As a response to violence against Mexican immigrants in America, the rock band Sak Tzevul, made up of indigenous Chiapas people from Mexico, began a tour of New York and Philadelphia, including concerts, discussions and grass-roots events, Diario de Mexico reports.

The indigenous Mexican band Sak Tzevul seeks to address violence against Mexicans on their current tour. (Photo via Diario de Mexico)

“With our presence, we want to respond to the growing abuse of our countrymen,” said Damian Guadalupe Martinez, founder of the group, which plays their music in the Tzotzil language spoken in the region of Zinacatán, in Chiapas, Mexico. “We do know that indigenous peoples are entitled to retain their roots, their culture and express themselves freely.”

The band performed earlier this month at the United Nation’s Permanent Global Forum on Indigenous Issues, and has several other events lined up, including performances this weekend at Hostos College in the Bronx, and at Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Flushing Meadows Park and Sunset Park. For more details, go to the band’s blog.

* El Diario La Prensa reported on a new study linking low literacy and math proficiency with parental errors in administering medicines to their children:

Parents whose math skills are at a third grade level or below are five times more prone to medication errors in children, a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics found.

The research, by H. Shonna Yin, at the New York University School of Medicine, indicates that these parents are more likely to measure the wrong amount of drugs than those with sixth-grade or higher math skills.

Parents with limited reading skills are also more prone to medication errors, previous studies have found.

* In the diverse immigrant enclave of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, supermarket produce is about to go hyperlocal, Heather Chin wrote in the Home Reporter:

Photo courtesy of BrightFarms, via Home Reporter

Come autumn, Sunset Park will be home to the world’s largest rooftop farm on 100,000 square feet of space atop the historic Federal Building #2, located between Second and Third Avenues from 30th to 32nd Streets.

Designed and managed by BrightFarms, a New York-based development company, the 2.3 acre hydroponic farm will grow up to one million pounds of produce per year – enough to feed 5,000 people – to be sold to local supermarkets and other vendors. Its first harvest – of lettuces, tomatoes and herbs – is slated for spring 2013.

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