Occupy Wall Street ends year with arrests.

New Year’s Eve NYPD crackdown on OWS

Economy, Featured Posts, New York, Politics January 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm

“Whose year? Our year!” That was the cry of protestors as they got ready to occupy the new year, before a police crackdown led to a number of arrests at Zuccotti Park on New Year’s Eve. Gothamist reports on the ferocious sequence of tweeting and chanting before police moved in and pulled out the pepper spray.

Estevez gets keys to new home

Update: Kidney patient gets home

Housing, In the News, Latino, Manhattan, New York, Politics December 30, 2011 at 4:58 pm

It’s being described as the miracle in Washington Heights. A week ago we told you about Octavio Estevez, a 54 year old homeless kidney patient who could not qualify for a transplant because he had no permanent address. Manhattan Times reports that the city came through and delivered the gift of shelter.

Jewish fundraisers stick with Obama

Jewish fundraisers stick with Obama

Economy, In the News, Politics December 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm

President Obama is getting a vote of confidence from top-level Jewish fundraisers. The Jewish Daily Forward is reporting that top bundlers from President Obama’s 2008 campaign are sticking with the president in 2012. The President’s relationship with the Jewish community has been continuously scrutinized, and many speculated about a lossRead More

Colorlines has campaigned to drop the phrase "illegal immigrants" from common use. (Photo via Colorlines)

Some success with campaign to drop the i-word

Featured Posts, Immigration, Politics December 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

It’s an Herculean task. But the folks at Colorlines are not shying away from a campaign persuading the media to stop referring to people as “illegal immigrants” or “illegal aliens.” In this editorial, Colorlines reports that 2011 was a big year. The New York Times, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times,Read More

Bronx short-changed on park funding?

Bronx, Environment, In the News, New York, Politics December 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

An investigation by the Independent Budget Office concludes that the Bronx may have been cheated out of taxpayer funding for city parks. The Riverdale Press reports that in 2003, the Department of Environmental Protection promised $200M in capital funding for Bronx parks, in exchange for the Borough’s patience, putting upRead More

Politicians disagree with Bronx redistricting proposal

Politicians disagree with Bronx redistricting proposal

Bronx, New York, Politics December 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Common Cause/New York, a non-profit, nonpartisan, citizens’ lobby is proposing to keep communities together in the Bronx when district lines are redrawn. But some elected officials might end up losing power.

Pakistani-Americans worry about breakdown in relations

Immigration, In the News, New York, Politics, South Asian December 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Pakistani-Americans are concerned about the latest slump in relations between their two countries. The long standing strain escalated on May 1, when US Navy Seals raided a compound in Pakistan and killed Osama Bin Laden, without prior warning to the Pakistani government.

Protesters march against voter ID law in NY

Hundreds march for voters’ rights

African American, New York, Politics December 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

About 500 New Yorkers staged a march for voters rights, and against proposed state election laws requiring photo identification at the polls. It’s not an issue that affects New Yorkers, but voters in other states will be required to show government issued photo id to vote in the next election.

"If I Were a Poor Black Kid" by Forbes Contributor Gene Marks gets heated responses.

Outrage over Forbes race column

Education, Featured Posts, Opinion, Politics December 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Columnists respond angrily to Gene Marks controversial “If I Were a Poor Black Kid” column in Forbes magazine.

Special visa for the Irish?

Immigration, In the News, Opinion, Politics, Western European December 17, 2011 at 10:25 pm

The Irish Echo is making a case for special US immigrant visas for residents of Ireland. In a Dec. 14 editorial, the paper argues that the Irish have watched from the sidelines since the 1960s, as America turned to other nations to boost diversity.

DA refuses to name Orthodox Jewish sex offenders

Brooklyn, Communities, In the News, Politics December 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

In an apparent policy shift, the District Attorney has stepped up prosecution of child sex abuse cases in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. About 85 people have been charged with sexual abuse, attempted kidnapping and sodomy over the past three years.

A conference from the Islamic Circle of North America kicked off a year-long campaign to fight intolerance against Muslims in the US.

Scholars’ campaign to protect religious freedom

Featured Posts, New York, Politics December 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

A leading Muslim organization has launched a new campaign to protect religious freedom in the US.

Children write letters to stop deportations

Immigration, In the News, Politics December 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

The “We Belong Together” initiative sent thousands of letters written by children to Congress asking to end deportations and keep families together.

Congressman Andre Carson

Congressman calls Muslim women to politics

Communities, Culture, Metro Area, Politics December 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

At a dinner held in New York, Congressman André Carson of Indiana called for Muslims, women in particular, to get involved in American politics.

Irish left out of visa reform

Irish left out of visa reform

Immigration, In the News, Politics, Western European December 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

The Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform reacted with surprise and puzzlement to news that legislation to change the basis for granting green cards is moving swiftly through Congress. Especially since the bill excludes highly skilled immigrants from Ireland from the fast track for legal entry into the US. Here’s moreRead More