Government

Chirlane McCray and Anni Kuan. (Photo from Anni Kuan via World Journal)

First Lady in Red and the Designer Responsible

Culture, East Asian, Elections 2013, Government November 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm

World Journal profiles the Taiwanese-born designer of the red dress worn by New York City’s future First Lady Chirlane McCray at husband Bill de Blasio’s victory party.

Non-citizens will be able to vote at a mock election in Jackson Heights. Voting will run from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., as in regular polling places. (Photo by Willis Arnold/Voices of NY)

Legal Immigrants to Vote Tuesday in ‘Mock Election’

They hope to do it for real if a bill gets passed by the City Council.

(Photo from Danny Dromm's office via Queens Courier)

Street Sign Around the Corner for LGBT Activist

Government, LGBTQ, Queens October 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

When Jeanne Manford stood by her son in a gay rights march and started what would become a national movement, homosexuality was still thought of as a mental disorder. Supporters of the late LGBT activist are closer to seeing her legacy emblazoned on a street sign, reports Queens Courier.

Photo via Sing Tao Daily

Chinatown Park Closed After 9/11 Finally Opens

East Asian, Environment, Government October 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Sing Tao Daily reports that efforts by Chinatown residents to take back James Madison Plaza from the NYPD after 9/11 have paid off. Last week, the park reopened with renovations to the tune of $2 million, an example of a community push coming to fruition.

Members of the Central Park Five, left to right - Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, and Raymond Santana. (Photo by Maysles Institute, Creative Commons license)

Opinion: Are Prosecutors Untouchable, Free of Accountability?

Brooklyn, Government, Opinion, Revson Covering NYC October 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

In instances like the Central Park Jogger case, in which five innocent teens were convicted for a vicious crime they did not commit, what are the consequences for the prosecutors who oversaw such a travesty of justice? Are they untouchable? Are they free from accountability?

Community and religious organizations call for Justice Department to investigate NYPD surveillance programs. (Photo by PaulSteinJC/Flickr.)

Calls for Formal Investigation of NYPD Muslim Surveillance

Government, Religion October 25, 2013 at 4:01 pm

An alliance of community, religious and civic organizations are calling on the Justice Department to investigate the controversial NYPD surveillance of Muslims.

Manual Breaks Down Gov’t Benefits for Immigrants

Manual Breaks Down Gov’t Benefits for Immigrants

Government, Immigration, Social Services October 24, 2013 at 5:51 pm

The Immigrant Services Manual is designed to dispel some of the rumors and misinformation surrounding public benefits for city immigrants and their families.

Community leaders attribute the financial crisis facing Latino nonprofits to rules imposed by the Bloomberg administration when it comes to accessing city funding. However, it's not only problems obtaining public funding. As in the case of the iconic Alianza Dominicana, its downfall came from problems within. (Photo by Zaira Cortes via El Diario-La Prensa)

Mismanagement and City Policies Trigger Latino Nonprofit Crisis

Government, Latino, Social Services October 22, 2013 at 11:45 am

The dependence of Latino groups on public funds has become problematic and put their financial future in limbo, reports El Diario-La Prensa. But it’s not only challenges from the city, some nonprofits also face internal problems.

A Rockaway, Queens, resident asks Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials about beach renourishment work during news conference on Aug. 15, 2013. (Photo: US Army Corp of Engineers, NY District)

Nabes Most Vulnerable to Storms, Lost in the Wind

Environment, Government, Housing October 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

In an investigative report, Gotham Gazette in conjunction with AdaptNY explored the disconnect between local community boards and city government in preparing for destructive storms like Sandy.

Photo Jeanette Hanneman via the National Parks Conservation Association, Creative Commons license

Immigrants, Minorities, Poor Feel Sting of Shutdown

The effects of the shutdown depends on its duration but some locals are already feeling the effects.

Downtowners Remember 9/11 at Memorial

Downtowners Remember 9/11 at Memorial

Government, Long Island, Manhattan September 10, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Lower Manhattan residents gathered for a community evening at the 9/11 Memorial on September 8 to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Muslim worshippers coming out of view of Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens. (Photo by Jehangir Khattak)

Muslim Community in Shock Over AP Revelations

Muslims are in shock over revelations that the NYPD designated certain mosques as “terrorist organizations.”

This month last year, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals went into effect but for DREAMers, the work is far from over. (Photo by Steve Rhodes, Creative Commons license)

Just Over Half Meet Deferred Action Requirements

Government, Immigration August 21, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds reports that in the year since Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals took effect, 57 percent of the 1.9 million undocumented immigrants meet the full requirements of the program.

A military program gives Chinese international students like Peng Liu (second from left) an opportunity to stay in the U.S. – and become U.S. citizens – after their student visa expires. (Photo by Vicky Law via World Journal)

Chinese Student Joins Army, Gets Citizenship

East Asian, Government, Immigration, In the News, Voices' Picks August 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Unable to find a job in the U.S. after graduating and facing having to go back home, a Chinese student profiled by the World Journal and others like him, turned to a military program that allows recruits to stay here legally.

(Photo by Alan Greig, Creative Commons license)

Stop-and-Frisk Ruling Finds Cheers and Jeers

African American, Crime, Featured Posts, Government August 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

The ruling of stop-and-frisk ignited plenty of reactions, no less in the pages of the community media.