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Are immigrant communities collateral damage in the war against terrorism?

Uncategorized March 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

The year 2001 began with high hopes for many immigrants. The enactment of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity (LIFE) Act in December 2000 allowed some foreign nationals to get a green card or gain lawful status in the United States under the family unification provisions of the Act. Consequently,Read More

Chinatown disaster relief hard to get

Uncategorized February 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

“In the initial stages of the September 11th Fund, we approved tragedy assistance based on more lenient evidence, such as a photograph taken from the lobby of the World Trade Center,” said Bea Hanson, a vice president at Safe Horizon, one of the three major charity groups which took partRead More

Lack of interpreters harms immigrant patients, charges community organization

Uncategorized February 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

Dozens of Latino immigrants protested discrimination against Spanish-speaking people by Brooklyn hospitals on Thursday, Feb. 21. The community organization Make the Road by Walking organized the protest in front of Wyckoff Heights Medical Center after releasing a report detailing immigrants’ inability to communicate with their doctors because hospitals lack interpreters.Read More

El Al moves to avoid tiff with big labor, Sharon steps in as unions warn airline not to break’ hotel strike

Uncategorized February 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

El Al Israel Airlines is reportedly moving to extricate itself from a contract with a New York hotel involved in a labor dispute, after several American unions warned that the airline’s patronage of the hotel “might jeopardize some of the U.S. trade union movement’s historic support for Israel” and “impactRead More

Louisgene is buried

Uncategorized February 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

BROOKLYN- About 600 mourners filled St. Jerome Roman Catholic Church on Feb. 2 to bid a final farewell to Georgy Louisgene, the 23-year-old man killed by two policemen on Jan. 16. In an encounter at a housing development that remains as mysterious as it is tragic, the two policemen firedRead More

Welfare Reform and Immigrants

Uncategorized February 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

The law that Democratic President Bill Clinton signed under pressure from the Republican Congress on August 22, 1996, was elegantly named “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act.” Before Clinton signed it, the Democrats focused on incentives to hire welfare clients and thorough assistance for families moving to paid employment.Read More

El Al moves to avoid tiff with big labor, Sharon steps in as unions warn airline not to break' hotel strike

Uncategorized February 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

El Al Israel Airlines is reportedly moving to extricate itself from a contract with a New York hotel involved in a labor dispute, after several American unions warned that the airline’s patronage of the hotel “might jeopardize some of the U.S. trade union movement’s historic support for Israel” and “impactRead More

Caribbean immigrants and the budget process: Why interest should be more

Uncategorized February 11, 2002 at 12:00 am

Before taking his seat at a New York Carib News Editorial Board meeting almost two years ago, Carl McCall, at the time New York State’s Comptroller, spotted a New York City legislator from Brooklyn in the room. McCall’s rebuke was swift and penetrating. “You made a terrible mistake when youRead More

“Pi&241;ero” is another Hollywood sucker punch to Latinos

Uncategorized February 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

Hollywood has hit Latinos with another sucker punch in this disjointed and undeveloped portrait of a psychopath. Worse than West Side Story, Badge 353 and Fort Apache, Pi?ero takes us on a walk on the wild side of hell without so much as a whisper of the rampant rumors ofRead More

"Pi&241;ero" is another Hollywood sucker punch to Latinos

Uncategorized February 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

Hollywood has hit Latinos with another sucker punch in this disjointed and undeveloped portrait of a psychopath. Worse than West Side Story, Badge 353 and Fort Apache, Pi?ero takes us on a walk on the wild side of hell without so much as a whisper of the rampant rumors ofRead More

Filipino president wants to hire Giuliani as consultant

Uncategorized February 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today lashed at critics anew, saying her choice of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as a consultant on fighting crime will rank the country among the “world class.” “Those are anti-Americans,” Ms. Macapagal said of critics, who contend that hiring Giuliani indicates the “Americanization” of theRead More

Patti Smith performs in fundraiser opposed to Greenpoint power plant

Uncategorized February 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

Over 1,000 people gathered last Saturday night to see Patti Smith and other American musicians at the Polish National Home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The concert was a fundraiser for a local group fighting a proposed power plant on Greenpoint’s waterfront. “Building a power plant on someone’s backyard is just anotherRead More

NY Protest against detention of immigrants.

Uncategorized February 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

Uzma Naheed said she never could imagine being treated like this in America. Standing in front of a crowd of over 100 people at New York’s Union Square, the Pakistan-born Naheed looked anguished, but was strikingly confident as she narrated her story during a protest of the detention of immigrantsRead More

Special Feature: Why Did God Choose Me?

Uncategorized January 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

Click here to read the story in the New York Blade.

Bench marked

Uncategorized January 25, 2002 at 12:00 am

It took him four months of sitting at home, answering advertisements and handing out his resumé, but Swaminathan Ramamurthy thinks he will finally get a new job. “I’ll know by next week for sure,” the database management consultant said. “I’m hoping it goes through, because at least I’ll get aRead More