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Biomedical engineer Muhammed Rufai Batmanoglu, with a PhD from Turkey, has been driving for Uber and Lyft for the last two years. (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

‘Structural Underemployment’ Among Immigrant Professionals

Immigration, Labor March 5, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Immigrant professionals have a hard time finding jobs that match their skills and knowledge base, reports City Limits.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez during the opening of her Queens office. (Photo via El Diario)

Queens Immigrants Hopeful as AOC Opens Shop in Jackson Heights

Government, Queens March 5, 2019 at 4:43 pm

As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez opened a new office in Queens, residents expressed hope she will be closer to them to address pressing housing and immigration issues, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Despite the fact that Italians have moved out of Bensonhurst in recent years, there are still signs of a vibrant Italian life, such as the Tribuzio Meat Market and the Congrega San Vito Do Ciminna Club on 18th Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Raymond Guarini via Brooklyn Reporter)

Recording Italian-American History in Brooklyn and Beyond

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Western European March 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Bay Ridge native Raymond Guarini works to preserve the history and stories of Italian Americans in Brooklyn and across the country, writes Brooklyn Reporter.

Assembly member Catalina Cruz, Zach Ahmad and Natalia Francisco and at the forum entitled “Driver’s Licenses Now: The Path, the Benefits and How It Will Work in NY.” (Photo by Edwin Martinez via El Diario)

Panel Urges Albany to Pass Driver’s Licenses Bill that Benefits ‘Everyone’

Immigration, New York, Transportation March 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm

A panel of elected officials, community leaders and immigrant workers urged Albany to pass a driver’s licenses for the undocumented bill, touting its overall economic benefits for New Yorkers, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Enrique Arbelaez (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Rutgers University Program Seeks to Bolster Black and Latino Entrepreneurs

Black, Business, Latino March 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Led by a Colombian immigrant and businessman, Rutgers University’s “Black and Latino Tech” program seeks to train more minority startup entrepreneurs, El Diario La Prensa reports.

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Some TPS Holders Get Reprieve to Jan. 2020

Immigration March 1, 2019 at 5:31 pm

Sudanese, Nicaraguan, Haitian and Salvadoran TPS holders have received a reprieve until Jan. 2, 2020 from the Department of Homeland Security.

Councilmember Ritchie Torres speaks about his proposed bill to bolster LGBTQ-owned businesses in New York City. (Photo by Matt Tracy via Gay City News)

Push to Certify LGBTQ-Owned Businesses in NYC

Business, LGBTQ, New York March 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm

NYC Council member Ritchie Torres is one of the sponsors of a bill that would offer certification to LGBTQ-owned businesses, reports Gay City News.

A Balkan Festival in Brooklyn

A Balkan Festival in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Culture, Eastern European, Video March 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

This BRIC TV video profiles the annual Golden Festival, a Balkan dance and music party that keeps the culture alive in New York.

From left: Valerie Bell, mother of Sean Bell; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo; Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant; and Iris Baez, mother of Anthony Baez. (Photo by Bill Moore via Amsterdam News)

Toolkit Addresses Police-Involved Fatalities

New York, Police March 1, 2019 at 4:35 pm

Family members who lost loved ones in police shootings joined law enforcement officials at the presentation of a toolkit designed to discuss, and prevent, such incidents, reports Amsterdam News.

Wang Dan at his 50th birthday celebration. (Photo via World Journal)

Turning 50, Tiananmen Activist Vows to Find Solution for China

East Asian, History February 28, 2019 at 5:44 pm

Tiananmen Square activist Wang Dan celebrated his 50th birthday with friends, including others who 30 years ago fought against autocracy, reports World Journal.

State Attorney General Letitia James, one of the most prominent members of Emmanuel Baptist Church, was one of the opening speakers at the church's Summit on Black involvement in the growing Cannabis Industry. (Photo by L.T. Greene via Kings County Politics)

Brooklyn Church Hosts Cannabis Summit for People of Color

Black, Brooklyn, Health February 28, 2019 at 5:42 pm

The Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill became the first church in the country to hold a summit to empower people of color to join the marijuana industry, reports Kings County Politics.

Yu Hye-kyung, a grand-niece of patriot Yu Gwan-sun, is holding a photo of Yu In-Seok(on the right side), who is her grandfather and younger brother of Yu Gwan-sun, and her uncle Yu Je-chong(on the left side), at the opening ceremony for a memorial to Yu Gwan-sun. (Photo via The Korea Times)

‘The Spirit of Yu Gwan-sun is in the Spotlight Again’

East Asian, History, Metro Area, New York February 28, 2019 at 4:14 pm

The grand-niece of Yu Gwan-sun, a heroine of the March 1st Korean independence movement, speaks with The Korea Times about her great-aunt and other relatives active in the movement.

New York State senator Jessica Ramos, speaking at a rally for justice reform. (Photo via El Diario)

One-Day Sentence Reduction Would Protect Immigrants from Deportation

Immigration, New York February 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

A NY Senate bill reducing the maximum sentence for misdemeanor offenses from one year to 364 days would improve significantly the chances of immigrants caught in minor offenses to keep their immigration benefits, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Musical Based on ‘El Cóndor Pasa’ Premieres in NYC

Musical Based on ‘El Cóndor Pasa’ Premieres in NYC

Culture, Latino, Manhattan February 27, 2019 at 3:32 pm

“El Cóndor Pasa Esperanza Andina,” by Peruvian composer and director Dante Valdéz, will premiere at Manhattan’s Skirball Center, Impacto Latino reports.

Students in Denver protest President Trump's decision to end DACA in September 2017. (Photo by Melanie Asmar via Chalkbeat)

NY DREAM Act Approved But Fears Persist

Education, Immigration, New York February 27, 2019 at 12:41 pm

A month after legislators passed the New York State DREAM Act, Chalkbeat takes a look at why students and families remain reluctant to apply for tuition assistance.