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Council Members and activists blast Bloomberg’s Executive Order regarding immigrants

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Earlier this month, City Council Members Hiram Monserrate, John Liu, Bill Perkins and several others, at a press conference on the steps of City Hall, denounced Bloomberg’s new Executive Order 34 that would erode immigrants’ ability to access city services for fear that their status would be revealed to federalRead More

Department of Justice report bolsters 9/11 detainees’ case against Ashcroft

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Attorney General Ashcroft brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights include Akil Sachdeva, a native of India, who was detained for three and a half months after a judge ordered his deportation to Canada. “Mr. Sachdeva’s story is typical of all plaintiffs in this case,”Read More

New York sees dramatic shift in population

Uncategorized June 20, 2003 at 12:00 am

A population shift of dramatic proportions is changing the face of New York’s Jewish community as Russians and the Orthodox — many of them poor — now comprise nearly four in 10 Jews in New York City, according to the 2002 New York Jewish Community Study. While the overall JewishRead More

GOP proposes temporary employment as alternative to amnesty for illegal immigrants

Uncategorized June 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

Republican John Cornyn, the senior Senator from Texas and a member of the Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship, announced on June 16th, that he will present his proposal for a “guest worker program” before the House. This is such an epochal proposal that Senator Cornyn decidedRead More

Jawshawn’s Law needs a push

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

This August it will be one year since 7-year-old Jashawn Parker died in a fire in the apartment building where he lived on DeKalb Avenue in Norwood. We wish we could say the city has moved swiftly to ensure that this never happens again. But there are no new failsafeRead More

Many Indonesian Chinese with expired visas face deportation

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

The United States has 13,000 male immigrants who face deportation. Sin-Yen Ling of Asian American Legal and Education Defense Fund said that a large number of them were Indonesian Chinese and that the greater Chinese community should not ignore the significance of that. At first, the Justice Department required nationalsRead More

Korean food businesses in price cutting war

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Price wars among Korean businesses are increasing at a desperate rate. Customers are more sensitive than ever in regard to prices because of the recession. Korean food businesses—markets, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, fast food shops—are engaged in self-destructive bargain sales. Korean markets in New Jersey are giving away gifts to lureRead More

Cultural stress highest among Korean students

Uncategorized June 18, 2003 at 12:00 am

Korean students who have been in America for only a few years experience great difficulties, such as stress in school, in their new lives as immigrants. According to recent research the rate of mental health problems is higher for Korean students than any other minority. Dr. Yong-bom Jo, of theRead More

Soup kitchens are not the answer

Uncategorized June 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Rain or shine, every Saturday at 7:00 a.m.Virginia Reyes is there, cooking. Reyes, 69, arrives early at Saint Joan of Arc Church’s basement in Brooklyn to prepare 20 pounds of rice with chicken, meat, spaghetti, or “whatever is available” to serve approximately 200 people who don’t have enough money toRead More

Foreign-born Hispanic students drop out of school at a higher rate than those born in the United States

Uncategorized June 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

Although the number of Hispanic students that drop-out of school is increasing due to immigration and higher birth rates, the drop out rate among Hispanic students born in the United States has gradually decreased, according to a study by the Pew Hispanic Center. “There are a lot of challenges forRead More

Child health insurance in focus at city council

Uncategorized June 17, 2003 at 12:00 am

A bill to ensure that parents and guardians are regularly informed of public health insurance options available for their children was among several very important pieces of legislation introduced at the June 5th City Council meeting. Council Member Jose Serrano asked his colleagues for their support of a bill thatRead More

Toxic waste sites in New York City increase illnesses

Uncategorized June 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

A report, compiled by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, used data from the Department of Health to determine if residents living close to areas designated by the city as Superfund Sites show related illnesses. The study revealed greater levels of illnesses and deaths due to the presence of certain toxins inRead More

Eastern beat meets western hip-hop

Uncategorized June 16, 2003 at 12:00 am

Each summer is defined by a song, an anthem that dominates radio airwaves, clubs, beaches and barbecues. Summer 2003 may just find itself with the most unlikely of anthems coming from the most unlikely of places: Panjabi MC, a bhangra DJ hailing from Coventry, England. With the massive crossover successRead More

Work is scarce

Uncategorized June 15, 2003 at 12:00 am

Pawel was a computer technician responsible for equipment repairs and network maintenance. Overnight the firm reduced the workforce by 30 positions. He’s been looking for a job for almost five months. He has figured out that there are many like him in the job market. As a 50 year old,Read More

Freedom ride will head to Washington to protest abuses against immigrants

Uncategorized June 14, 2003 at 12:00 am

Forty years after the civil rights movement and the March on Washington that it brought about, another freedom ride is preparing to invade the capital for a historic event. The “Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride” will depart by bus on September 20 from nine cities scattered throughout the United States, andRead More