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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.

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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?

(Photo by Zaira Cortés via El Diario-La Prensa)

Cuts to Food Benefits Could ‘SNAP’ New Yorkers

Food, Government, In the News, Latino, Social Services June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Budget cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, would devastate the city’s poorest families, 19 percent of whom are Latino. Some of them speak to El Diario-La Prensa about their already draining situation

State Sen. Jose Serrano, speaking above, was one of the public officials in attendance at the Bronx LGBTQ Center's press conference to address the recent spike of hate crimes against the community. (Photo via YouTube video of Serrano speaking)

Bronx LGBT Community Fights Against Hate, for Embattled Pride Center

Bronx, Government, In the News, LGBTQ, Media June 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

After a tough year, the newly reopened Bronx Community Pride Center held its first press conference where local officials and advocates discussed the recent spike in violence against the community, reports Hunts Point Express.

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Queens Council District Most Diverse

Communities, Government, Immigration, Queens, Voices' Picks June 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Queens Courier reports that City Council District 23 of northeastern Queens is the most ethnically diverse district in the city, according to its representative Councilman Weprin, who acknowledged that it comes with some challenges.

In 13 years as Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz has been a tireless, media-savvy cheerleader for the borough, including the controversial Atlantic Yards development. (Photo by Azi Paybarah, Flickr Creative Commons License)

In Marty Markowitz Tenure, a Cautionary Tale

As Marty Markowitz’s third term as Brooklyn Borough President comes to an end this year, voters having to decide who will succeed him are left with many open questions about his legacy, and even the function of the job.

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Immigrants Pay Billions More Into Medicare Than They Take Out

Government, Health, Immigration, Labor June 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

A recent study has found that between 2002 and 2009, immigrants contributed a cumulative total of over $115 billion more to Medicare than they took out, reports Colorlines, while those born in the U.S. generated a deficit of $28.1 billion.

School bus drivers, mechanics and matrons protesting during their strike last February in New York City. Months later, they tktk (by Michael Fleshman, Flickr Creative Common License)

Months After Bus Strike, Workers Remain on Edge

The month-long bus strike that left 152,000 students without transportation to school in January has left many bruised feelings and unresolved issues that the next mayor will have to contend with.

Teetering Support for an NYPD Inspector General

Teetering Support for an NYPD Inspector General

Considering the widespread criticism of the city’s stop-and-frisk policy, as well as the unchecked surveillance of Muslim residents, some have called for an inspector general to oversee the NYPD. In this article, originally published in the Amsterdam News on April 11, city officials and mayoral candidates explain their reasons to support or oppose the idea.

Immigrant-Run Worker Co-op Program Wins ‘Innovative’ Award

Immigrant-Run Worker Co-op Program Wins ‘Innovative’ Award

Business, Government, In the News, Labor, Latino May 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

A Brooklyn non-profit that helps develop worker-run cooperatives to help immigrants build their own small businesses is one of two groups recognized with the first NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards, designed to identify new ideas to reduce poverty.

Fortunata Kasege at home in the Bronx. (Photo by Amy Lieberman via Women's eNews)

Plenty of Hurdles Remain 3 Years After Repeal of HIV Entry Ban

Government, Health, Immigration May 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

While the ban on HIV-positive entrants to the U.S. has been lifted, it hasn’t eased the lives of immigrants with the virus, including the two profiled by Women’s eNews.

John Chen, an undocumented immigrant, shared his experiences at an immigration reform briefing on immigration reform at the Museum of Chinese in America in Chinatown. (Photo by Ai Xiang Wang via World Journal)

Chinese Weigh In on Reform: Family or Employment-based Visas?

East Asian, Government, Immigration, In the News May 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

When it comes to immigration reform, World Journal reports that the Chinese community is divided between supporting an increase in visas for high-tech immigrant workers or maintaining the number of visas allotted for overseas family members of Americans.

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Food Stamp Users Spending More on Farmers’ Markets

Food, Government, In the News, Latino May 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

The use of food stamps to purchase fresh produce from farmers’ markets has increased by 30 percent, particularly in predominantly Latino neighborhoods, reports El Diario-La Prensa.