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Pedro Mejia being sworn in. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Mejía is First Dominican in NJ Legislature

Dominican, Government, Metro Area April 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Pedro Mejía, a Secaucus businessman who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 15, was sworn in as the first Dominican state representative in the New Jersey General Assembly, Reporte Hispano reports.

Legacy preserved: Local civic gurus voted to co-name Gold Street between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Street after journalist and civil-rights advocate Ida B. Wells, who lived on the block back in the 1890s.

‘Ida B. Wells Place’ in Brooklyn?

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women April 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

A part of Gold Street in downtown Brooklyn could be named in honor of Ida B. Wells, the journalist and abolitionist who spent her formative years in the borough, writes Brooklyn Paper.

Protesters marching across the Brooklyn Bridge on the April 20, Day of Outrage rally. Photo Credit: Margarette Tropnas, Facebook.com.

Disappointment Over Haitian March Across Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Immigration April 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm

The Haitian Times describes what resulted from disunity between organizers of a April 20 demonstration meant to capitalize on the anniversary of the community’s historic march in 1990.

After graduating, she will be joining The Trace, a nonprofit news organization, as a fellow. She will be investigating gun violence.

FilAm Journalism Student Wins Pulitzer

Media, South Asian April 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm

The FilAm speaks to contributing writer and Columbia journalism student Mariel Padilla following her Pulitzer Prize win.

Minutes before the mayor’s announcement, Sofía Miranda from Puerto Rico was in a City Hall demonstration asking de Blasio not to leave María survivors behind. (Photo via El Diario)

De Blasio Throws Lifeline to Desperate María Survivors

New York, Puerto Rican April 20, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed that the city will help nearly 100 Puerto Rican families and Hurricane Maria victims stay in their hotels as FEMA announced it is cutting off housing payments, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

New: the NYC Population FactFinder

New: the NYC Population FactFinder

Demographics, New York April 20, 2018 at 5:46 pm

The NYC Planning Department has released a new platform, Population FactFinder, to make it easer to access data about NYC.

Alex Sánchez, director of Homies Unidos in Los Angeles, California, is a former gang member who participated in the first  conference Building a Strong Long Island: Gang Interventions at Work. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

LI Gang Conference Addresses Harsh Reality of Family Reunification

Immigration, Long Island, Youth April 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm

A panel on gang violence on Long Island brought testimonies of former gang members who explained how family reunification policies have been a factor in creating disaffected immigrant youths who become prey to gangs, Noticia Long Island reports.

Immigrant Tenants in Bushwick Organize against Landlord

Immigrant Tenants in Bushwick Organize against Landlord

Brooklyn, Housing, Immigration, Video April 20, 2018 at 2:34 pm

A BRIC TV video follows the plight of immigrant residents of a Bushwick apartment in disrepair who come together to take their landlord to court.

TECO Director-General Lily L. W. Hsu called on (Photo

Taiwanese in New York Knock on the Door of WHA

East Asian, Health, New York April 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Organizers of a campaign for Taiwan to join the World Health Assembly encouraged both Taiwanese and mainland Chinese immigrants to support the cause, reports World Journal.

From left to right: GRAMMY-nominated jazz guitarist Sebastian Noelle, Korean violinist Sita Borahm Chay, Dreamer and columnist Juan Escalante. Chay says immigrant artists have a responsibility to connect with other artists of color and awaken empathy. (Photo by Allyson Escobar for Voices of NY)

Immigrant Artists, Politics and the American Dream

Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, New York April 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The Immigrant Arts Coalition brought together numerous artists for a panel discussion in NYC on April 18.

Members of the Green Light NY coalition took to Albany to request the approval of the Driver License Access and Privacy Act. (Photo via El Diario)

Advocates Press for Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented New Yorkers

Immigration, New York, Transportation April 19, 2018 at 5:30 pm

A broad coalition of activists and pro-immigrant groups gathered in Albany to push for the approval of a bill that would grant undocumented immigrants access to driver’s licenses, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Trinidad and Guyana nationals proudly display their countries’ flags and colors at the Phagwah celebrations. (Photo by Tangerine Clarke via Caribbean Life)

Thirty Years of Phagwah

Culture, Queens April 19, 2018 at 5:12 pm

The Indo-Caribbean and Hindu communities celebrated the 30th annual Phagwah Parade in Queens with some help from the city, reports Caribbean Life.

Actor, filmmaker and producer Attika J. Torrence at his home in Bed-Stuy. (Photo via BK Reader)

On Trayvon Martin, Wakanda, Bed-Stuy and More

African, African American, Black, Brooklyn, Culture April 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Filmmaker Attika J. Torrence talks with BK Reader about the Trayvon Martin docu-series he co-produced, and about growing up in Bed-Stuy and Liberia.

Christopher Chung (Photo via The Korea Times)

Chung’s Pledge to Korean Voters of Palisades Park

East Asian, Metro Area, Politics April 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm

In an interview with The Korea Times, Palisades Park Democratic mayoral candidate Christopher Chung committed to addressing the needs of all residents.

J. Marion Sims statue in East Harlem (Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim, Creative Commons license)

Cemetery Takes in Sims, a Second Controversial Statue

Brooklyn, History April 18, 2018 at 5:55 pm

In reporting on the relocation of the statue of J. Marion Sims to Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports that it is the second “disgraced statue” the cemetery has accepted in recent years.