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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (Photo by Alex Zimmerman via Chalkbeat)

New York State Releases List of Struggling NYC Schools

Education, New York January 17, 2019 at 6:34 pm

Chalkbeat reports on the 124 NYC schools just listed by New York State as needing comprehensive support and targeted support.

José Cruz, a resident of Mott Haven, the Bronx, prepares to take financial advantage of a possible legalization of cannabis in New York. The death of his brother “Che” marked a before and after for José Cruz, who currently devotes much of his time to his organization Young, Fresh and Conscious. (Photo by José Martínez via El Diario)

In Cannabis Legalization Latinos See Business – And Redemption

Business, Health, Latino, New York January 17, 2019 at 4:02 pm

As Mayor Bill de Blasio mulls legalizing marijuana in the city, some Hispanic New Yorkers believe it would create business opportunities and reverse some of the damage inflicted on communities of color during the war on drugs, El Diario La Prensa reports.

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Members of the coalition supporting the inclusion of racial-impact assessment in the environmental review process, including State Sen. Julia Salazar (at far right) and Assemblywoman Maritza Davila (in grey coat) rally on Sunday.

Proposing a Study of Racial Impact in Rezonings

Brooklyn, Housing, New York January 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm

Public officials and community advocates called on the city to include a racial impact study as part of the review conducted prior to neighborhood rezonings, report City Limits and Kings County Politics.

Protestors in front of 26 Federal Plaza during a 2018 march against the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policies. (Photo by Max Siegelbaum via Documented)

Immigration Court Chaos Thanks to Shutdown

Immigration, Manhattan January 16, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Documented looks at the impact of the partial government shutdown on the immigration courts.

Daniela Simba suffered conversion therapies in her native Ecuador, and has fought against them in her New York home. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

For LGBTQ Immigrants, State Anti-Discrimination Laws are Personal

Government, LGBTQ, New York January 16, 2019 at 4:50 pm

The New York State Senate approval of a ban on gay conversion therapy and a bill adding gender identity to the state’s anti-discrimination laws have a special significance for LGBTQ Hispanic immigrants who fled bigotry in their own countries, El Diario La Prensa reports.

From left to right: Ketlie Numa-Lespinas, Rodneyse Bichotte, Raymond Joseph, Maria Castaneda and Mathieu Eugene pose for a photograph following the 1199SEIU press conference in Manhattan Jan 11. (Photo by Bianca Silva via The Haitian Times)

Haitian TPS Campaign Marks Earthquake Anniversary

Caribbean, Environment, Immigration, New York January 15, 2019 at 5:06 pm

On the eve of the ninth anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced a campaign to support TPS holders and Dreamers, reports The Haitian Times.

Dr. Oxiris Barbot in her Long Island City offices. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

First Latina Health Commissioner is Only Getting Started

Health, Latino, New York, Women January 15, 2019 at 4:55 pm

In a wide-ranging interview with El Diario La Prensa, newly-appointed Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot talks about expanding services for Hispanics, fighting the HIV and opioid epidemics, and her domino-playing skills.

Many sign-less storefronts on Union Street in Flushing. (Google maps photo via QNS)

Helping Small Businesses to Restore Signage

Asian, Business January 15, 2019 at 4:49 pm

The Asian American Federation and City Council member Peter Koo are helping small business owners get funding for new signage, QNS reports.

The Memorial defenders with banners and the Polish flag (Photo by Wojtek Maslanka via Nowy Dziennik)

Relief in Jersey City for Polish Americans Over Katyn Memorial

Culture, Eastern European, History, Metro Area January 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm

The Polish community celebrated the final decision by Jersey City to keep in its place the Katyn Memorial, a monument erected by Polish immigrants, reports Nowy Dziennik.

Students and parents wait to enter the building to take the entrance exam. (Photo via World Journal)

Asians Swarm to Take Hunter College H.S. Entrance Exam

East Asian, Education, Manhattan January 14, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Parents waiting as their children took the Hunter College High School entrance exam spoke to World Journal with some saying the test only served as a learning experience while others took a jab at the mayor.

My Luis Garden Acosta

My Luis Garden Acosta

Brooklyn, History, Latino, Opinion January 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm

A longtime friend of Luis Garden Acosta remembers the civic leader who died on Jan. 8.

The group of children of Peruvian parents and their marinera instructor at a recent rehearsal held at St. Peter’s Church in Port Chester. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

Children of Peruvians Keep ‘Marinera’ Alive in Westchester

Culture, Metro Area, South American, Youth January 14, 2019 at 5:22 pm

A group of Peruvian-American children in Port Chester will participate in an international “marinera” dance contest in Peru, Westchester Hispano reports.

Mónica Martínez (wearing blue) with her family after becoming the first senator of Salvadoran descent in the New York State. (Photo from Sen. Martínez's office via El Diario)

Mónica Martínez: A Salvadoran-American in Albany

After her historic swearing-in ceremony as the first Salvadoran-American in the Albany legislature, state Sen. Mónica Martínez talked with El Diario La Prensa about her agenda, which included education, the environment and immigration issues.

NYC Health Profiles, Community by Community

NYC Health Profiles, Community by Community

Bronx, Brooklyn, Communities, Health, Manhattan, New York, Queens, Staten Island January 11, 2019 at 5:50 pm

NYC’s Health Department released the 2018 Community Health Profiles, which showed improvements in some measures – but room for further improvement in others.

Sadaf Jaffer sworn in as the mayor of Montgomery, NJ, on Jan. 3 by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (Photo via Twitter)

NJ’s First South Asian-American Woman Mayor on Representation

Elections 2018, Metro Area, South Asian, Women January 11, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Sadaf Jaffer, the first South Asian-American woman mayor in New Jersey, speaks to The American Bazaar about representation, immigration and her Pakistani roots.