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Yi Fang Chen (Photo by Yiyi Huang via World Journal)

Asian Americans Sue City Over Specialized High School Reform

East Asian, Education, New York December 14, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Asian-American organizations and Chinese parents have filed a lawsuit against the city over the mayor’s proposal to increase diversity at specialized high schools, reports World Journal.

Protestors at hearings earlier this year on the Inwood rezoning. (Photo by Abigail Savitch-Lew via City Limits)

A Legal Challenge to the Inwood Rezoning

Housing, Manhattan December 14, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Plaintiffs from Inwood are suing to have the City Council’s approval of a rezoning plan overturned, City Limits reports.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem shaking hands with City Councilmember Justin Brannan. (Photo by John Alexander via Brooklyn Reporter)

El-Yateem Returns to Bay Ridge for ‘Father K’

Brooklyn, Culture, Middle Eastern December 13, 2018 at 5:48 pm

Rev. Khader El-Yateem attended a screening in Bay Ridge of a film based on his City Council campaign and the political activism that continued in the Arab community after his loss. Brooklyn Reporter covered the event.

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Gwen Carr on Strength and Activism

Black, New York, Police December 13, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, speaks to Amsterdam News about how becoming an activist helped in the healing process.

A demonstration by the Fair Play Coalition led by Councilman Antonio Reynoso demanded equitable access to after-school sports instruction. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Latino and Black Students Demand Equal Access to Sports in NYC Schools

Black, Latino, Sports, Youth December 13, 2018 at 4:37 pm

Members of the Fair Play Coalition, who sued the DOE arguing that New York City high schools discriminate against Black and Latino students by not offering enough sports teams, rallied at City Hall, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

“There are stakeholders within this city who do not want our children in those schools,” said Mutale Nkonde, a district parent with two children, at a forum on specialized high schools. “Ultimately, these are our children who we’re sending into potentially hostile environments.” (Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

Specialized High School Concerns in Bed-Stuy

Black, Brooklyn, Education December 12, 2018 at 6:04 pm

At a public meeting in Bedford-Stuyvesant with education department officials, parents voiced unease over the environment Black and Latino students face in specialized high schools, reports Chalkbeat.

Borough President Melinda Katz, Council member Rory Lancman and retired judge Gregory Lasak all say they support an immigration hardship plea policy. (Photos, l. to r.: by David Brand via Queens Daily Eagle; courtesy of Rory Lancman; by Andy Katz via Queens Daily Eagle)

Embracing the ‘Immigration Hardship Plea Policy’

Immigration, Queens December 12, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Queens DA candidates say they support an “immigration hardship plea policy,” reports Queens Daily Eagle.

Underground Radio Stations Make Caribbean Voices Heard

Underground Radio Stations Make Caribbean Voices Heard

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Media, Video December 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Learn about the history and appeal of underground Caribbean radio stations in Brooklyn in this BRIC TV video.

The Scandinavian Christmas Ball at the Danish Club in Bay Ridge on Dec. 9 (Photo by Arthur de Gaeta via Brooklyn Reporter)

‘A Coming-Home-to-Brooklyn Scandinavian Party’

Brooklyn, Culture, Northern Europe, Traditions December 11, 2018 at 5:17 pm

The Scandinavian community in Bay Ridge kept traditions alive at the annual Scandinavian Christmas Ball at the Danish Club of Brooklyn, reports Brooklyn Reporter.

National Domestic Workers’ Alliance (NDWA) helped Silvia Reyes, an immigrant woman who works as a nanny, understand her rights as a worker. (Photo courtesy of NDWA via El Diario)

NYC Domestic Workers’ Struggle Goes National

Labor, New York December 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm

Domestic workers in New York who have mobilized to fight against labor abuse are encouraged by a proposed national bill of rights on the issue to be introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

(Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

The Stories of ‘Muslims in Brooklyn’

Brooklyn, Muslim December 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society unveiled “Muslims in Brooklyn,” an oral history project that collected the stories of 50 people through interviews, reports Bklyner.

Laura Auerbach, one of 25 volunteers who answered an emergency plea to house the displaced children of a local woman facing deportation, showed some of the paintings her Latino trauma patients have produced in art therapy. (Photo by Johnette Howard via The East Hampton Star)

Finding a Home for the Children of Detained Immigrants

Immigration, Long Island, Youth December 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

A plea to take in the children of a Long Island woman facing deportation, and the surprising response it yielded, brings to light how immigration policies end up leaving vulnerable children behind, reports The East Hampton Star.

The official movie poster for “FATHER K.” (Photo courtesy of 1001 Media via Brooklyn Reporter)

El-Yateem Documentary Screening in Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, Middle Eastern, Politics December 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Palestinian Lutheran pastor Khader El-Yateem’s election loss was only the beginning for young Arab Americans in Bay Ridge. “FATHER K,” a documentary on his campaign and the aftermath, will be screened this weekend, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

Rep. Nydia Velazquez, center, joins Virginia Kee to her left and Deacon Robert Gee and Rev. Bayer Lee, both of the First Chinese Baptist Church, on the far right, and other community leaders in honoring Mabel Lee. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Chinatown Post Office Named for Mabel Lee

East Asian, History, Women December 7, 2018 at 3:30 pm

Rep. Nydia Velazquez joined Chinatown residents and leaders at the dedication ceremony of what is now the Mabel Lee Memorial Post Office, renamed in honor of the suffragette and local icon, reports Sing Tao Daily.

Melissa Mark-Viverito, addressing the community and ethnic media Dec. 4, 2018 at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) El Barrio Firehouse. (Photo by Gregg McQueen)

MMV, Seeking Public Advocate Seat, Meets Ethnic Press; Espinal Visits Nightclub

Brooklyn, Manhattan, New York, Politics December 6, 2018 at 3:44 pm

The two most recent candidates to enter the race for the public advocate seat opening because of Letitia James’ election as the next NYS attorney general held meetings in very different settings this week.