Politics

Voices in Focus: The Redistricting Shuffle

New York, Opinion, Politics February 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

When it comes to the proposed state Senate and Assembly redistricting maps released last month — which have been widely panned as gerrymandering — the devil is in the details. Here are some of the details that the community and ethnic media have zeroed in on.

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Culture, Education, Health, Immigration, Opinion, Politics February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Teenagers addicted to energy drinks, John McCain’s evolving position on immigration, and sexy M&Ms are on our radar this morning.

Long Island forum offers opportunity to weigh in on redistricting

Long Island forum offers opportunity to weigh in on redistricting

Immigration, In the News, Latino, Politics February 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Long Island WINS, along with several other advocacy organizations, will host a forum on the state’s ongoing redistricting process on Feb. 6.

Koreans note absence of North Korea from State of the Union

Koreans note absence of North Korea from State of the Union

East Asian, Politics February 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

In his State of the Union address, President Obama did not mention North Korea, a stark absence compared to his prior speeches, notes New York Ilbo.

Opinion: Latinos must ‘wake up and get involved’

Opinion: Latinos must ‘wake up and get involved’

Latino, Opinion, Politics February 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

In QueensLatino, Carlos Vélez weighs in on “The lie of the political power of Latinos,” arguing that the nation’s more than 50 million Latinos have failed to use their political clout to elect representatives or raise their concerns through protest movements such as Occupy Wall Street.

Roe vs Wade Anniversary march in the Bronx

Women protest anti-abortion center

Bronx, Health, In the News, New York, Politics January 30, 2012 at 10:37 am

On the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision, about 30 protesters braved the winter freeze to march from a Bronx women’s health clinic that provides abortions to one that they say intimidates women into not having abortions. The Hunts Point Express reports: The protesters—comprised ofRead More

Mel Wymore

Transgender council candidate raises $60K in 3 weeks

In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics January 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The city’s first transgender candidate for City Council is reporting swift success in the fundraising arena. Mel Wymore is hoping to represent the Upper West Side, and told DNAinfo he raised more than $64,000 in a matter of weeks.

Asian American press differs on John Liu investigation

Feet In Two Worlds compares the reporting, showing that while New York’s English-language media used the word “scandal,” Chinese newspapers called it a “fundraising issue,” and the Korean press used the word “allegation.”

1% arrests from NYPD stop and frisk policy

African American, In the News, Latino, New York, Politics January 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm

In New York City, elected officials and leaders of communities of color complain daily about the Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, but in London and other parts of Britain, the approach is called “stop and search.” Whatever the label, it amounts to the same thing.

Asians in war of words over Queens redistricting

In the News, Politics, Queens January 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Growing Asian populations in Queens are clamoring for adequate representation in new redistricting plans.

Call for limit on cigarette ads in city bodegas

Call for limit on cigarette ads in city bodegas

Bronx, Education, In the News, Politics January 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

A Bronx advocacy group is pushing for legislation to limit cigarette ads that target teen shoppers in city bodegas. The group argues that cigarette companies prey on communities of color and low income neighborhoods.

Jewish NY Congressman threatened by redistricting

Jewish NY Congressman threatened by redistricting

In the News, New York, Politics January 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm

The redistricting process is now making the Jewish community nervous that it could lose an outspoken pro-Israel voice in Congress. New York will lose two seats in the US House of Representatives, and The Jewish Daily Forward reports that political strategists see Congressman Gary Ackerman’s seat as a “logical” one to be eliminated.

Immigrants on Ellis Island circa 1900

Waiver to keep undocumented spouses in US

Immigration, Metro Area, Politics January 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

The Immigration Department (USCIS) is proposing a change to rules governing how spouses and adult children of American citizens get their immigration status adjusted.

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

“Freedom’s Sisters” honors civil rights women

African American, New York, Politics January 16, 2012 at 2:25 pm

An exhibit celebrating the role of women in the civil rights movement is coming to New York City, and we’re not just talking Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott-King.

From left: Peter Vallone Jr., Jose Peralta, Grace Meng, Leroy Comrie Jr.

Ethnically diverse race for Queens Boro President

Featured Posts, Politics, Queens January 16, 2012 at 1:05 pm

The list of candidates to replace Queens borough president Helen Marshall in 2013 is growing. Add assembly member Grace Meng to the list of possible candidates, which until now has been comprised of city council members Peter Vallone Jr. and Leroy Comrie, and state senator José Peralta. With Meng entering the competition, an Asian female would be added to the race, where she would run against a Latino (Peralta) and an African-American (Comrie).