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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.

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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.

Public school students did poorly in the Common Core Standard tests, prompting a reevaluation of Bloomberg's education policy. (Photo by Jeremy Gordon, Creative Commons license)

Bloomberg Blamed for Low Common Core Tests Results

Education, Government, New York August 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Teachers, parents and activists, stunned by the dismal performance of public schools students in the Common Core Standards test, are placing the blame on Bloomberg’s education policy, reports Amsterdam News.

The parents of officer Russel Timoshenko, killed in the line of duty in 2007, attended the RAOA anniversary gala where their son was honored. (Photo via

Russian Police Group Marks Decade

Crime, Eastern European, Government July 17, 2013 at 10:34 pm

The Russian American Officers Association celebrated its 10th anniversary, reports RussianNY. The group addresses the cultural and language gap between the NYPD and the immigrant Russian community which led to the organization’s founding.

(Photo by Devan Mulvaney/Voices of NY)

Quinn Runs on Record, for Better or Worse

Elections 2013, Featured Posts, Government, LGBTQ, Politics, Video July 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

One could argue she doesn’t have a choice, but still, mayoral candidate Christine Quinn embraces her record, all of it – the good, the unpopular, the controversial – with surprising gusto.

Are Relations Between NYPD and Muslims on Mend?

Are Relations Between NYPD and Muslims on Mend?

Featured Posts, Government, Opinion, Religion, Voices' Picks July 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Relations between Muslims and the NYPD have been rocky after revelations of the controversial surveillance program emerged. However, as Ramadan begins, a Pakistan Post columnist sees signs that Commissioner Kelly and the department are looking to start anew.

Re-election Bids May Face Mayor’s Wrath After Stop-and-Frisk Vote

Re-election Bids May Face Mayor’s Wrath After Stop-and-Frisk Vote

Elections 2013, Government, Latino, Politics July 5, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Latino City Council members seeking re-election could be among those targeted by Mayor Bloomberg for voting in favor of the Community Safety Act which curbs the practice of stop-and-frisk, reports El Diario-La Prensa. The mayor is planning to use his money to fight against the re-election campaigns of the act’s supporters.

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Brooklyn Pantries Feel Pinch of Looming SNAP Cuts

Brooklyn, Food, Government, Social Services, Women July 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

With the advent of summer, Brooklyn food pantries see a surge in visitors, with almost two-thirds already reporting supply shortages, reports the Brooklyn Bureau. With cuts to the the food assistance program on the horizon, the Food Bank for New York City is bringing awareness to what the cuts would mean.

(Photo via Gay City News)

LGBT Victories Dimmed by Defeat for Voting Rights

Government, In the News, LGBTQ, Politics June 28, 2013 at 7:45 pm

The LGBT community reveled in the Supreme Court’s overturning of DOMA, reports Gay City News. However, the Jewish Daily Forward and the Indypendent spoke of more muted celebrations, in light of the devastating Voting Rights Act ruling a day earlier.

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Opinion: NYPD’s ‘Backwards’ English-Only Policy

Government, Opinion, Politics, Women June 28, 2013 at 7:04 pm

An editorial in El Diario-La Prensa does not take well to the until now little known English-only policy in the NYPD, criticizing Bloomberg and Kelly for defending the policy. Mayoral candidates de Blasio and Liu also add their condemnation.

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New Regs Come as Few Chinatown Buses Remain

Government, In the News, Transportation June 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm

When it comes to the Chinatown-Boston route, only one bus company remains following a series of shutdowns. Downtown Express reports that the city has passed new regulations for intercity buses. Will it help revitalize the bus industry in Chinatown?