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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.

In Singapore (Photo from the White House via Queens Chronicle)

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.

Roberta, who has lived in Washington Heights for 30 years, is concerned about the possible opening of supervised drug injection sites. (Photo via El Diario)

Washington Heights Residents Concerned about Drug Injection Sites

Government, Health, New York May 23, 2018 at 5:18 pm

Washington Heights residents are worried about the planned opening of an overdose prevention center, arguing that such sites would make the Hispanic neighborhood less safe and increase drug dealing in the area, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Gabriel Chávez, in front of the United Nations in New York City, reading a long list of Colombians who have been murdered. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Colombians at the United Nations: ‘No More Deaths!’

Government, Manhattan, South American May 16, 2018 at 4:46 pm

New York City Colombians gathered in front of the U.N. to call for an end to decades of political violence as the country prepares for the next presidential election, Queens Latino reports.

Facebook Tells Politician to Identify as ‘Chinese Restaurant’

Facebook Tells Politician to Identify as ‘Chinese Restaurant’

East Asian, Government, Manhattan May 15, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Facebook instructed Council member Margaret Chin to re-categorize her official page to “Government Official · Chinese Restaurant,” reports World Journal.

Aura Hernández with her children Daniel, 10, and her 16-month-old daughter. (Photo via El Diario)

Immigrant Mothers Call for Respect from the Trump Administration

Government, Immigration, Latino, New York May 14, 2018 at 5:58 pm

On Mother’s Day, immigrant mothers in New York and across the country called on the government to stop tearing families apart, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy shakes the hand of student Maria del Cielo Mendez. (Photo from the Office of the Governor via El Diario)

As NJ Passes DREAM Bill, NY Dreamers Wonder: What About Us?

Education, Government, Immigration May 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

Immigrant groups cheer legislation in New Jersey signed into law that allows undocumented college students to qualify for financial aid, while noting that New York lags behind, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Kirssy Arroyo. New Yorkers talk about the potential effects of the legalization of marijuana in New Jersey. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Activists Fear Legal Weed in NJ Might Increase Criminalization in NY

Government, Metro Area May 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm

As New Jersey takes steps to legalize marijuana, Hispanic residents and leaders in New York City worry that this would lead to increased traffic and the prosecution of people of color across the Hudson, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Members of SEPA Mujer, who worked along with LILAC to have the Language Access Bill passed in Suffolk County. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

Language Access Bill Passes: A Victory for Immigrants in Suffolk

Government, Immigration, Long Island May 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm

In a win for Long Island pro-immigrant groups and legislator Mónica Martínez, the Suffolk County Legislature passed a measure to expand language services, Noticia Long Island reports.