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Marching in support of immigrants and refugees in NYC on World Refugee Day. (Photo by Sean Parrish for Voices of NY)

Immigrants on Benefits Could Be Denied Green Cards

Government, Immigration, New York September 24, 2018 at 3:37 pm

In response to a proposed government regulation that would restrict green cards for immigrants who use public benefits, advocates stressed the potential consequences of the move and said they would consider taking legal action.

The city approved a plan to eliminate selective admissions to try to integrate District 15 middle schools. (Photo by Christina Veiga via Chalkbeat)

A Step Closer to Integration in a Brooklyn School District?

Brooklyn, Education, Government September 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm

The city has approved a plan that would end the selective admissions process at middle schools in a western Brooklyn school district, reports Chalkbeat.

Many who attended the town hall held signs of opposition to the proposed jail, which would straddle the Civic Center and Chinatown. (Photo by Carl Glassman via Tribeca Trib)

Anger Boils Over at Town Hall on Chinatown Jail Plan

East Asian, Government, Manhattan September 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

A town hall meeting for city officials to explain plans to build a new jail by Chinatown “quickly descended into a shoutfest,” reports Tribeca Trib.

Laura Curran and her team during a meeting with members of the Hispanic press on Long Island, held on Thursday, September 6, in Mineola. (Photo from NCPO via Noticia Long Island)

Nassau Executive Laura Curran Seeks to Regain Hispanics’ Trust

Government, Latino, Long Island, Media September 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm

The first female Nassau County executive vowed to improve relations with the Long Island immigrant community in a meeting with the Hispanic press, Noticia Long Island reports.

Daisy Rodríguez, a member of MRNY, wants ICE abolished. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Bill Seeks to Forbid NYC Contracts with ICE

Government, Immigration, New York September 7, 2018 at 5:19 pm

The City Council held a hearing, the first of its kind in the nation, on a bill that would ban any type of contract between the city and ICE, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Commissioner Bitta Mostofi. (Photo by Zainab Iqbal via Bklyner)

MOIA’s Mostofi Visits Bay Ridge Mosque

Brooklyn, Government, Muslim August 28, 2018 at 4:45 pm

Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, visited the Beit el-Maqdis Islamic Center to address concerns that included the Muslim ban, Islamophobia and immigration, reports Bklyner.

Gail Benjamin, chair of the Charter 2019 NYC revision commission, speaking about the process to reporters on Aug. 21 (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

Revising the City Charter at the Polls – in 2018, and 2019

Government, New York August 21, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Voters who will shortly be weighing proposals from the Mayor’s Charter Revision Commission can look forward to more broad-based proposals next year from a City Council-led commission.

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Cap on Ride-Hail Vehicles Approved by Council

Government, Labor, New York, Transportation August 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm

The City Council passed regulations that put a yearlong cap on new licenses for ride-sharing companies. The move follows a spate of suicides among taxi drivers who faced intense financial burdens.

Rally for solidarity against the deportation of immigrants in front of 26 Federal Plaza. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

City Budget’s $46M in Aid for Immigrants Not Enough, Activists Say

Government, Immigration, New York July 12, 2018 at 6:15 pm

The New York City Council assigned $46 million in funds for free lawyers and other programs shielding immigrants against the Trump administration, but activists say this is insufficient, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A Puerto Rican family who took refuge in a New York hotel after fleeing Hurricane María. (Photo via El Diario)

As FEMA Help Runs Out, City Offers Shelter to María Victims

Government, Housing, New York, Puerto Rican June 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm

The de Blasio administration announced that hundreds of Puerto Rican María survivors will be relocated to hotels and shelters after a FEMA assistance program comes to an end, but some decry the lack of a permanent solution, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Consuls and NYC Council members come together to demand that undocumented children are promptly reunited with their parents. From left: Council members Stephen Levin (District 33) and Carlos Menchaca (District 38), Mexican consul Diego Gómez Pickering, Honduran Consul Juan Diego Zelaya, Guatemalan Consul Pedro Tzunún, Costa Rican Consul Rolando Madrigal. (Photo via El Diario)

Consuls in NYC Team Up to Call for Family Reunification

Government, Immigration, Latino, Manhattan June 27, 2018 at 5:24 pm

The consuls general of Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica joined forces to demand the reunification of families separated at the border, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

$1 Million for a Halal and Kosher Lunch Pilot in NYC

$1 Million for a Halal and Kosher Lunch Pilot in NYC

Education, Food, Government, Health, Jewish, Muslim, New York June 14, 2018 at 5:52 pm

The City Council has allocated $1 million toward a halal and kosher lunch pilot program for the schools.

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Queens Koreans on the Trump-Kim Summit

East Asian, Government, Queens June 14, 2018 at 4:58 pm

For two conservative Korean immigrants in Queens interviewed by Queens Chronicle, the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un felt like a betrayal.

Eva Prados, spokeswoman for the Citizen Front for the Debt Audit alongside former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and author and activist Naomi Klein. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Campaign to Audit Puerto Rico’s Debt Seeks Support in NY

Government, Puerto Rican June 8, 2018 at 3:48 pm

A group that claims that half of the Puerto Rican debt may be illegal and therefore non-payable, is campaigning in New York for a citizen audit of the island’s debt, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

María Martínez (left) and Nieves Ojendis (right) talk about bullying in schools. (Photo by Edwin Martínez via El Diario)

Hispanic Families Welcome New Tool against Bullying in City Schools

Education, Government, New York May 24, 2018 at 3:48 pm

A new anti-bullying initiative by the DOE was well received by families of Hispanic children affected by an increase of harassment cases in city schools in the Trump era, although others say that more needs to be done, El Diario/La Prensa reports.