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Council member Carlos Menchaca (center) announced a partnership between his office and the Chinese-American Planning Council (Photo courtesy of Carlos Menchaca’s office

Menchaca Offers More Services for Chinese in Sunset Park

Brooklyn, East Asian, Government, Social Services April 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm

Council member Carlos Menchaca’s office will be working with the Chinese-American Planning Council to offer expanded assistance to the growing number of Chinese residents in Sunset Park, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Kay Takeda, vice president of grants and services for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. (Photo provided to Colorlines by subject)

What the NEA Means to NYC Artists of Color

Culture, Government, New York March 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm

How would eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts affect artists of color? Colorlines speaks to those in the arts industry to gather how funding from the organization has helped artists and cultural groups in NYC.

State Senator José Peralta, from Queens (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario).

Activists Press Cuomo on Funds to Help Immigrants

Government, Immigration, New York March 29, 2017 at 5:23 pm

Activists delivered a petition with 11,000 signatures asking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to add nearly $20 million to protect immigrants in the next state budget, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Maria Torres-Springer (Photo by Lambert Parong/ Kababayan Media via The FilAm)

Putting Political Hopes in Torres-Springer

Government, Manhattan, Politics, Southeast Asian March 22, 2017 at 2:42 pm

At a Philippine Consulate event for International Women’s Day, attendees praised Housing Commissioner Maria Torres-Springer for her political success, reports The FilAm.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem will officially launch his run for the 43rd district council seat in Brooklyn on Sunday Feb. 26. (Photo by Gabe Carroll for Voices of NY)

El-Yateem Leads in Fundraising

Brooklyn, Government, Middle Eastern March 20, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Palestinian pastor Khader El-Yateem leads in fundraising for the 43rd District City Council seat race, Brooklyn Daily Eagle and Kings County Politics report.

Photo by John McCarten

City Council Evaluates ICE’s Actions at NYC Courts

Government, Immigration, New York March 16, 2017 at 3:36 pm

In an emotional public hearing, the City Council investigated claims that ICE is detaining immigrants who have committed minor offenses when they appear in court, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The new head of Mi Casa es Puebla (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Mexican State Offers Free Legal Help for Nationals

Government, Immigration, Metro Area March 8, 2017 at 4:59 pm

The state of Puebla, Mexico, is offering free legal assistance to nationals in New York and New Jersey, Reporte Hispano reports.

What Power Do Sanctuary Cities Really Have?

What Power Do Sanctuary Cities Really Have?

Government, Immigration, New York, Police, Video March 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm

This episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” looks at the capacity of sanctuary cities in the age of a Trump administration.

(Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

De Blasio Plans 90 New Homeless Shelters

Government, Housing, New York March 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Mayor de Blasio laid out a plan to build 90 homeless shelters and cease operations on 360 hotels and other locations as part of his program to face the homeless crisis, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Imelda Castillo and husband Artemio Sales (Photo via Diario de México)

Undocumented Mother of Army Members Anxiously Awaits Her Green Card

Government, Immigration, Mexican, Staten Island March 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Although she has two children in the U.S. Army and is awaiting her green card, a Staten Island Mexican woman is terrified that Trump will deport her, Diario de México USA reports.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito painfully admits that Trump’s government will continue to persecute the immigrant population. (Photo by Bill Alatriste via El Diario)

MMV: ‘We Are Not Going to be Able to Protect Everybody’

Government, Immigration, New York February 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

In an interview with El Diario/La Prensa City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito says that, even though New York will continue to fight for undocumented people, the policies created by Trump’s government represent a real threat of deportation, as well as a danger to the city’s safety.

A commuter van in Far Rockaway, Queens (Photo by Jason Lawrence, Creative Commons license)

Commuter Van Crackdown & the Caribbean Community

Caribbean, Government, New York, Transportation February 28, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Caribbean Life looks at what the Commuter Van Safety Act, signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, means for the Caribbean community.

A young woman hold sign that reads: “We are the future.” (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Calls To Expand Summer Youth Employment Program

Government, Labor, New York, Youth February 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Council members and activists are urging the mayor to increase the Summer Youth Employment Program’s budget, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, during the unveiling of the budget for fiscal year 2018 at City Hall. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

De Blasio Confronts ICE Over Detained Undocumented Man

Central American, Government, Immigration, New York February 23, 2017 at 4:26 pm

A 19-year-old Salvadoran detained by ICE becomes a rallying point for Mayor de Blasio and city officials as they stand up for the city’s sanctuary status, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Participants in a silent march memorializing Japanese-American imprisonment during World War II, many of them survivors, gather in front of the Japanese-American United Church on Seventh Avenue. (Photo by Nomin  Ujiyediin for Voices of NY)

Japanese-Americans Mark WWII Order

Featured Posts, Government, History, Manhattan, Video February 20, 2017 at 9:44 pm

A silent march, a series of speakers and an exhibit and performances marked the 75th anniversary of FDR’s executive order which resulted in the internment of 100,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast during World War II.