Elections 2016

The Best of 2016 from Voices of NY
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Voices of NY’s Best of 2016

Best of 2016, Elections 2016, Featured Posts, New York December 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm

A guide to the best stories, on everything from politics to food, that were published in Voices of NY in 2016.

The Ethnic Vote for Trump Explained

The Ethnic Vote for Trump Explained

Communities, Elections 2016, Media, Video December 1, 2016 at 5:26 pm

CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” looks at why some in the Latino, South Asian and other communities voted for Donald Trump.

MinKwon to Help Korean Immigrants

MinKwon to Help Korean Immigrants

East Asian, Elections 2016, Immigration, New York, Queens November 29, 2016 at 11:31 am

The MinKwon Center for Community Action is gearing up to help members of the Korean community cope with possible changes in immigration policy, Queens Chronicle reports.

Mayor Dennis Pilla, Councilman Luis Marino, State Senator George Latimer, State Assemblyman Steve Otis, Port Chester Police Chief Richard Conway, Port Chester Village Manager Christopher Steers, St. Peter’s Church Rector Father Hilario Albert and activist and HVCC director Luis Yumbla at the community meeting held in Port Chester to support immigrants facing fear. (Photo via Westchester Hispano)

Building Sanctuaries to Help Immigrants in Westchester

Elections 2016, Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, Religion November 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm

Activists and politicians have begun promoting sanctuaries to be located in Port Chester and other cities in Westchester to protect undocumented immigrants against deportation, Westchester Hispano reports.

Nov. 21 panel on Post-Election Immigrant Rights and Protections, held by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. From left to right: Nisha Agarwal, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Camille Mackler, director of Legal Initiatives for the New York Immigration Coalition, Alizabeth Newman, director of the Community Legal Resource Network at the CUNY School of Law, Alina Das, Co-director of the immigrant Rights Clinic at NYU Law School and Jojo Annobil, executive director of the Immigrant Justice Corps. (Photo by Julius Motal for the Center for Community and Ethnic Media)

Readying for Trump Immigration Policy

Elections 2016, Immigration, New York November 22, 2016 at 5:28 pm

Preparing for the withdrawal of DACA was one of the topics of a panel discussion on post-election immigrant rights and protections, hosted by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism on Nov. 21.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

NJ Mayors Side with Immigrants

Elections 2016, Government, Immigration, Latino, Metro Area, Politics November 21, 2016 at 6:07 pm

The mayors of cities with a strong Hispanic presence, such as Newark and Paterson, have raised their voices to defend immigrants in the wake of Trump’s election, Reporte Hispano reports.

A March Against Trump in His Native Borough

A March Against Trump in His Native Borough

Elections 2016, Featured Posts, Queens, Video November 21, 2016 at 3:27 pm

Queens residents walked from Dutch Kills Green park to Trump Tower in Manhattan on Nov. 19 to speak out against the president-elect.

Activist Ali Najmi (left), Assembly member David Weprin (looking down), Public Advocate Letitia James (second row, center) and Council member Barry Grodenchik (center) are joined by community members at a Nov. 16 press conference calling for unity. (Photo courtesy of City Councilman Barry Grodenchik via QNS)

Queens Muslims See an Uncertain Future

Elections 2016, Muslim, Queens November 18, 2016 at 6:06 pm

In stories from Queens-based papers, Muslim leaders and public officials in the borough addressed the spate of bias attacks and other concerns in the aftermath of the presidential election.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, with Council members Daniel Dromm and Carlos Menchaca and New York Immigration Coalition Director Stephen Choi call on the city to pass legislation and protect immigrants from fraudulent services. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Braces for Fight against Immigration Fraud Surge

Elections 2016, Government, Immigration, New York November 18, 2016 at 6:03 pm

The City Council is evaluating an initiative to strongly penalize fake lawyers and unscrupulous notaries public who may try to take advantage of immigrants’ fear in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Elmoiz, originally from Sudan, was one of the green cab drivers interviewed in a Brooklyn Daily Eagle video.

He’s Crazy, Smart, Fresh – Brooklyn Cabbies React to Trump Win

Brooklyn, Elections 2016, Transportation November 15, 2016 at 5:36 pm

What do some green cab drivers have to say about Trump winning the presidential election? Brooklyn Daily Eagle finds both unease and optimism among the mostly immigrant cabbies.

So far, about 900,000 people have applied for the IDNYC at centers like this one at 34-33 Junction Blvd in Corona, Queens.
(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

NYC Might Delete Muni ID Info to Protect Undocumented

Elections 2016, Government, New York November 14, 2016 at 5:55 pm

Amidst growing fears of deportation, undocumented immigrants in NYC received assurances that the city would protect information they submitted in applying for the municipal ID, and said that the city is considering deleting the files, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Community leader Mian Quadry spoke at the event. (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

Bangladeshis in Kensington Talk It Out After the Election

Brooklyn, Elections 2016, South Asian November 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm

A forum in Kensington organized by Bangladeshi community leaders and Council member Brad Lander gave locals an opportunity to process and speak their thoughts in the aftermath of the election, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

(Photo via Diario de México USA)

Mexicans Demonstrate in Front of Trump Tower

Elections 2016, Immigration, Manhattan, Mexican, Muslim November 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Latino immigrants joined a massive anti-Trump demonstration in Manhattan chanting “We’re not going anywhere,” Diario de México USA reports.

Jonathan, Veton, and Ksenia a block from their high school. Photo by Hannah Frishberg

Bensonhurst Students Fear More Racism, Sexism Following Election

Brooklyn, Eastern European, Education, Elections 2016, Youth November 14, 2016 at 3:19 pm

Three high school students from New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst discuss their concerns about the election results in this article, reprinted from Bensonhurst Bean.

New York Leaders Vow to Protect Immigrants

New York Leaders Vow to Protect Immigrants

Elections 2016, Immigration, New York, Politics November 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

As they bet on a peaceful transfer of power, participants at the Somos el Futuro Conference in Puerto Rico vow to keep fighting for equality and immigrant rights despite the uncertainty generated by the prospect of a Trump government, El Diario/La Prensa reports.