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When is it too much?

Uncategorized June 6, 2003 at 12:00 am

Most of the young people who come to America from our country start their “career” as babysitters. These are girls in their twenties, or mothers past age 40, who, like anybody else, have crossed the ocean in hopes of a better future. Their dreams, however, do not always come true.Read More

FCC Decision to expand media ownership will curb dissent

Uncategorized June 6, 2003 at 12:00 am

If you think that people holding unpopular views largely are now missing from the airwaves and daily newspapers, expect things to grow worse now that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to permit media companies to gobble up more stations and newspapers as part of their perpetual quest forRead More

Controversial visa program may expire

Uncategorized June 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

A controversial visa program that allowed thousands of Irish people to work in the U.S expires in October. “Unless, a renewal bill is hurried through Congress,” warns Jim Walsh, the New York Congressman who lent his name to the Walsh Visa Program. Congressman Walsh said that it would be difficultRead More

Cunning taxes, cutting services, many layoffs

Uncategorized June 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

From Washington we get unrealistic tax cuts and ballooning deficits, from the Mayor we get reduced services, layoffs and tax increases. Where is the wisdom? After heated debates, the U.S. Congress has passed legislation to cut taxes by $350 billion dollars over the next 10 years. In order to keepRead More

Elderly who care for grandchildren still without government support

Uncategorized June 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

Many elderly Koreans raise, or at least regularly care for, their grandchildren. But unlike other races and ethnic groups, Koreans do not receive financial and other support from government agencies. Ms. Yun Song-min, a social worker who until recently was with the New York City Department of the Elderly andRead More

Executive order 34 causes controversy

Uncategorized June 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

On June 5 in front of City Hall, a group of city council members, led by Hiram Monserrate, Bill Perkins and Miguel Martínez, accompanied by community activists Moisés Pérez from Alianza Dominicana, Margie McHugh of the New York Immigrant Coalition, representatives from unions 32 BJ and SEIU, the Arab AmericanRead More

Alberta Spruill murder taken seriously by City Council

Uncategorized June 3, 2003 at 12:00 am

Ever since the deadly 16 May police raid of Alberta Spruill’s Harlem apartment—the result of a warrant to search the mistakenly identified apartment—Harlemites have taken to the streets and done everything else possible to express their outrage. Throughout the city, people of all races share their fury. The City CouncilRead More

Hector Figueroa leads a new wave of savvy organizers

Uncategorized June 1, 2003 at 12:00 am

Squeezed between panelists at a forum on Paul Wellstone, wearing thick glasses, slacks and a sweater-vest—he’s almost always wearing his sweater-vest—Hector Figueroa looks like a bashful intellectual. He speaks quickly and quietly and has an accent so strong that it’s sometimes hard to understand what he’s saying. Looking relieved toRead More

Leave home without it: Credit card companies cancel on Muslim New Yorkers

Uncategorized May 30, 2003 at 12:00 am

Leave home without it: Credit card companies cancel on Muslim New Yorkers, by Hilary Russ, City Limits, May 2003. English language. Say that you are one of those fortunate people who manage to pay off most of their credit cards every month. Then imagine your surprise when one of yourRead More

Mayor Bloomberg says undocumented immigrants should be made citizens

Uncategorized May 30, 2003 at 12:00 am

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg told a radio show on May 16 that undocumented immigrants contribute more to society than they get in terms of services and they ought to be made citizens. As per the transcript of the talk show–‘Live From City Hall with Mayor Mike andRead More

Bangladeshi establishments robbed by Bangladeshis

Uncategorized May 30, 2003 at 12:00 am

Police have arrested two Bangladeshi youth and recovered the property looted from a Bangladeshi restaurant in Manhattan. Police are looking for several more persons. One of the arrested is the son of a senior bureaucrat in Bangladesh. Last Saturday at Calcutta Restaurant on Sixth street, the door was broken, andRead More

The Lights are out for Little India on Sixth Street

Uncategorized May 30, 2003 at 12:00 am

It is difficult to recognize Sixth Street in the East Village from some years ago. Where its South Asian restaurants bustled with activity Sixth Street now appears ghostly. Literally, the lights have gone out. Due to the budget crisis of New York City Mayor Bloomberg started implementing restrictions in theRead More

Enrollment of one million Muslims in voter lists has begun–initiative of several organizations

Uncategorized May 30, 2003 at 12:00 am

There are anywhere between 7 to 9 million Muslims in the United States, but far fewer numbers are registered voters. The Council on American Islamic Relations has announced an initiative to register one million Muslims in voter lists before the next election. There will also be an outreach campaign toRead More

Filipino-Americans told: help United States find bearings

Uncategorized May 29, 2003 at 12:00 am

Jeff Coleman, the youngest reelected congressman in Pennsylvania–and the first and only Filipino American in Congress–said something very interesting on the night of the Philippine Independence Ball at the New York Hilton Hotel and Towers on Saturday. Based on audience reaction, close to 700 of the tri-state area’s cross-section ofRead More

Rally denounces U.S. Intervention’ in Philippines

Uncategorized May 29, 2003 at 12:00 am

Some 40 people held a peaceful rally in front of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan late Monday afternoon to protest what they claim is the United States’ military “intervention, puppeteering and profiteering in the Philippines” which may lead to the reopening of US bases there. The demonstrationRead More