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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.

Mexican immigrant Alfredo Alegría, a victim of wage theft. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

Activists: Wage Theft Remains Rampant Despite Prevention Laws

Labor, New York December 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm

According to activist groups and workers, a landmark wage theft law has not fulfilled its promise seven years after its approval, and the Department of Labor is too underfunded to enforce it, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Anna Kaplan (Photo via annafornysenate.com)

‘From Tabriz to Albany’ – LI’s New State Senator

Government, Long Island, Women December 5, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Born Anna Monahemi in Iran, Democrat Anna Kaplan will represent Long Island’s 7th district in the NYS Senate, Tablet reports.

Writer Roberto Quesada gets ready to help fellow Hondurans traveling in migrant caravan. (Photo via El Diario)

Hondurans in NYC Organize to Help Compatriots in Caravan

Central American, New York December 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm

Hondurans in the tri-state area are organizing to help their compatriots at the U.S. border with food, clothing and legal services, as well as to prepare to greet the ones who make it to New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The advocates’ coalition that promoted the anti-wage theft bill. (Photo via El Diario)

In Westchester, County Exec Signs Anti-Wage Theft Bill

Labor, New York December 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

Pro-immigrant organizations cheered as the Westchester government signed into law an anti-wage theft bill at a community center that promoted it for two years, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

On Nov 26, the directors of 미동부예능인협회, which translates to the “Korean Entertainment Association of Eastern America,” had a meeting with Charles Yoon who is the chairman of the board, Min-Sun Kim who is the 35th president of The Korean American Association of Greater New York, and Youn-Jung Kim, who is a Korean consul in New York, to explain the conflict and ask for help. (Photo by The Korean American Association of Greater New York via The Korea Times)

Korean Karaoke Bars Face Lawsuit in Royalties Dispute

Business, East Asian, Metro Area December 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

A royalties dispute between the Korean owners of karaoke bars in the New York area and a Korean music publishing company could end up in court, reports The Korea Times.

At Il Centro (Photo by Vanessa Etienne via Bklyner)

‘Il Centro’ of the World in Bensonhurst

Brooklyn, Culture, Western European December 4, 2018 at 5:51 pm

Il Centro, described as the “first Italian-American multicultural community center in New York,” boasts a diverse and multigenerational membership base, reports Bklyner.

ndrés Hipólito Morales left Mexico when he was 22. Now, he has his own flower business in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

As López Obrador Takes Office, Mexicans in US are Hopeful

Government, Mexican, New York December 3, 2018 at 4:55 pm

As President Andrés Manuel López Obrador takes office, Mexicans in New York and Los Angeles express hope for less corruption and violence back home, more respect for nationals in the U.S., and a focus on such issues as education and women’s rights, El Diario/La Prensa and La Opinión report.

Students at Williamsburg High School of Arts and Technology teach Chancellor Richard Carranza how to code, ahead of an announcement Thursday on an expansion of CTE programs. (Photo by Reema Amin via Chalkbeat)

Principal to Lead ‘Multilingual Learners’ at DOE

Education, New York December 3, 2018 at 4:46 pm

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza has appointed Mirza G. Sánchez-Medina, founding principal of Manhattan Bridges High School, as the deputy chief academic officer of the Division of Multilingual Learners, formerly the Division of English Language Learners, reports Chalkbeat.