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Forensic scientists Verónica Cano and Yasser Hernández work for the Biology Department of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner analyzing the DNA of missing persons. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

New York Families Get Help Locating Their Missing Relatives

Government, New York May 22, 2017 at 12:38 pm

On Missing Persons Day May 20, the city called on relatives to provide information on their cases to have experts from the Office of Chief Medical Examiner attempt to solve them, including undocumented immigrants, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

New York City Council member and chair of the Immigration Committee Carlos Menchaca, addressing the 15th Annual Ippies Awards. (Screen shot from CCEM video)

15th Year Ippies Are Awarded

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Government, Media, New York, Video May 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm

City Council member Carlos Menchaca addressed the 15th annual Ippies Awards May 18, which were held by the Center for Community and Ethnic Media and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. The Red Hook Star-Revue, BKLYNER and BRIC TV were among the first place winners.

Thomas Sung (third from left), filmmaker Steve James (next to Sung) and members of the Sung family at a press conference. (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Abacus Bank Founding Family Share Thoughts on Social Justice

Business, East Asian, Government May 18, 2017 at 2:54 pm

The family behind Abacus Bank, which primarily serves the Chinese community, spoke at a media event about their legal battle with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, reports Sing Tao Daily.

The Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition rally was held May 10 on the steps of City Hall. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via The Bronx Free Press)

Offer More Re-entry Support, Advocates Urge City

Government, New York May 17, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Advocates for community programs that help the formerly incarcerated with re-entry services are asking the city for more support, The Bronx Free Press reports.

Carlos Menchaca on May 13 at the event where he announced his re-election campaign. (Photo by Kadia Goba via Kings County Politics)

Menchaca Announces Re-election Bid

Elections 2017, Government, Politics May 16, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Supporters of Carlos Menchaca gathered in a Sunset Park restaurant on May 13 as the City Council member kicked off his re-election bid, reports Kings County Politics.

(Screen shot from Theatre of the Oppressed NYC video)

Fifth ‘Legislative Festival’ of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

BRIC TV talks to members of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC about their current “Legislative Fest.”

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (right) with Mayor Bill de Blasio in the background, at a briefing earlier this year. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Activists Worry As Mayor, Speaker Differ Over Funding for Immigrants

Government, Immigration, Uncategorized May 5, 2017 at 12:13 am

A battle between Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito over whether the city should offer legal aid for immigrants accused of serious crimes worries pro-immigrant groups, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Haitian-American attorney Emmanuel Depas. (Photo by Rob Abruzzese via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Will Haitians Be the Next Deportees?

Caribbean, Government, Immigration April 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm

A Haitian-American lawyer warns that as many as 20,000 Haitians in the NYC area may be deported if TPS is not renewed, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

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.