Politics

Paquito D’Rivera (to the conductor's left) at a recent performance.

Cuban émigré support for embargo dwindles

Caribbean, Politics October 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

As the United Nations takes up the question of the American embargo on trade with Cuba, older immigrants from the island find support for sanctions waning.

Hadi Al Najjar, 24, and a native of Ibb in southwest Yemen, said even if President Saleh leaves, tribal wars will persist.

Yemen’s turmoil echoes in Bronx

Bronx, In the News, Middle Eastern, Politics October 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The turmoil of the Arab Spring has immigrants from Yemen worried about those they left behind. The return of Yemen’s president has sparked fresh violence and imposed new hardship on their families.

Coalition mobilizing African American and Latino voters

New York, Politics October 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

An effort to mobilize Latinos in Suffolk County to vote kicked off on Oct. 8, when the Long Island Civic Engagement Table brought residents of villages like Brentwood, Central Islip and Patchogue together to help immigrants become citizens, assist new citizens in registering to vote and boost their participation on election day.

Egyptian American protesters chant for their right for absentee  voting in upcoming Egyptian elections on Sat., Oct. 8.

Egyptians demand the #right2vote

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, New York, North African, Politics October 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Egyptian Americans demand their right to absentee vote in Egyptian elections, the first after the ouster of the Mubarak regime.

Members of Hazara community protesting in front of Pakistani consulate.

Pakistani minority protests killings

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian October 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hazara community protests outside the Pakistani consulate against the continued killing of its members in that country.

Supporters of Anna Hazare and the anti-corruption movement in India chanted in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill at the 2011 India Day Parade in NYC.

Indian Americans protest Indian corruption

Featured Posts, New York, Politics, South Asian October 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Indian Americans in NY and other US cities have gathered in large numbers to protest corruption in India.

Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers shows the box that contains 10,000 signatures asking Governor Cuomo to not sign the bill.

Gypsy cab drivers’ struggle takes unexpected turns

New York, Politics October 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

For the second time in less than a week, taxi drivers without medallions demonstrated outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, this time to demand exactly the opposite of what their colleagues called for last Thursday: that the governor not approve of the bill that would authorize gypsy cabs to pick up passengers in the street.

President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Juan Cartagena (center), next to Esmeralda Simmons, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College (left), and Margaret Fung of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), during the press conference in which they presented the "Unity Map" for redrawing districts.

Battle to re-draw districts

African American, East Asian, In the News, Latino, New York, Politics October 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

The political battle to re-draw electoral districts for the State Assembly and State Senate began yesterday, when, for the first time in history, a coalition of Latino, Asian and African-American organizations presented a joint project called the “Unity Map.”

Wall Street protest worries Mexicans

Wall Street protest worries Mexicans

Economy, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Mexican, Politics October 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Mexican immigrant workers worry they will get mixed into the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Marisol Alcántara

Dominican woman makes history in Harlem

Caribbean, Dominican, In the News, Manhattan, New York, Politics September 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

A Dominican underdog beat the Democratic establishment in Harlem by taking the vote to the streets. Marisol Alcántara became West Harlem’s first Dominican District Leader.

Pro-Israel rally near U.N.

Evangelicals join Jews in protest

Culture, In the News, New York, Politics September 26, 2011 at 5:23 pm

It wasn’t your usual pro-Israel rally Wednesday outside the United Nations. Evangelical Christians joined Jewish organizations to voice concern that a UN conference on racism would become an Israel-bashing forum. They also opposed creation of a Palestinian state.

Israelis, Palestinians meet in Yonkers

In the News, Politics September 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

As Israeli and Palestinian officials made preparations for this week’s showdown at the United Nations, a small group of Jews and Muslims gathered in Yonkers last week to sort through their own feelings and see if they could better understand the views of the other side. Meeting under the auspicesRead More

James Hong of the Asian Council for Redistricting (ACCORD) speaking at the redistricting hearing.

Koreans call for new political map

East Asian, In the News, New York, Politics September 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

With 7.3 percent of the state’s population, Asians can only claim one New York state legislator as one of their own. Many
Asian leaders argue that gerrymandering splits Asian communities, making them less fairly represented.

Jose Antonio Vargas

New push for DREAM Act

Immigration, Politics September 20, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Joined by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, faith leaders have launched a new initiative in New York seeking passage of the DREAM Act, the proposed legislation that would give resident status to undocumented immigrants who serve in the military or attend college.

Mexican community in NY seeks leadership

Central American, In the News, Mexican, Politics September 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

In 2005, all signs seemed to indicate that the Mexican community, the fastest-growing Latino group in New York, held an important position within the city’s Hispanic leadership. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was trying to rally support for his first re-election–running against Democrat Fernando Ferrer–when the Mexican American Political Association, formed byRead More