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A polarized New York

Uncategorized May 24, 2002 at 12:00 am

The average salary of a family living in New York City decreased between 1989 and 1999, according to census data released yesterday. While in 1989 the average annual salary for residents within the five boroughs was $38,900, by 1999 that number fell to $38,300. In New York State as aRead More

Fake driver’s license for immigrants

Uncategorized May 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

The number of undocumented immigrants obtaining false driver’s licenses increased after most states passed laws prohibiting undocumented immigrants from applying for state driver’s license. Immigrant organizations protested the new laws. According to the Bergen Record, many of the 300,000 immigrants living here illegally either have fake documents or obtained theirRead More

Ten second passport processing nears, foreign affairs department readies new technology

Uncategorized May 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

Before coming to America, Rodolfo Garcia waited in a long line and endured hours under the enervating heat of the sun just to have his passport processed at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila. “It was terrible. I was at the DFA as early as 5 a.m. and theRead More

Mural project traces Filipino history, identity

Uncategorized May 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

The search for an interweaving link between cultural heritage and identity led Filipino-American youth to create a massive artistic project. “Lakbay: Filipino-American Youth Mural Project” is among five exhibitions at the Jersey City Museum, which opened May 17. “Lakbay,” taken from the Tagalog word for “journey,” showcases the exploration ofRead More

Fake driver's license for immigrants

Uncategorized May 23, 2002 at 12:00 am

The number of undocumented immigrants obtaining false driver’s licenses increased after most states passed laws prohibiting undocumented immigrants from applying for state driver’s license. Immigrant organizations protested the new laws. According to the Bergen Record, many of the 300,000 immigrants living here illegally either have fake documents or obtained theirRead More

“Stop sending the weapons in the barrels”

Uncategorized May 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

Was it a Freudian slip or was Prime Minister PJ Patterson predicting the future in the upcoming elections to be held in Jamaica later this year? Mr. Patterson, the longest continuous serving Prime Minister in office, was outlining the country’s progress since independence 40 years ago at the ‘Live andRead More

"Stop sending the weapons in the barrels"

Uncategorized May 22, 2002 at 12:00 am

Was it a Freudian slip or was Prime Minister PJ Patterson predicting the future in the upcoming elections to be held in Jamaica later this year? Mr. Patterson, the longest continuous serving Prime Minister in office, was outlining the country’s progress since independence 40 years ago at the ‘Live andRead More

Wounds reopened between Haitians and African-Americans

Uncategorized May 21, 2002 at 12:00 am

Brother’s Restaurant offers Haitian rice and beans and tassot, white rice and beef in okra sauce, chicken gizzards, and American treats like french fries, and macaroni and cheese on the same menu. While their foods go well together, it is a stark contrast to the reality of the relationship betweenRead More

Redistricting won’t affect Hispanic makeup of Senate District 28

Uncategorized May 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

New York State Assembly District 28, currently represented by State Sen. Olga Mendez, will consist of only El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), Roosevelt Island and part of the South Bronx, leaving part of Washington Heights as another, newly established, predominately Hispanic district. According to Rep. Adam Clayton Powell IV, “the changeRead More

Protesters call for minimum wage hike

Uncategorized May 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

“One cannot support a family in New York earning $5.15 an hour,” said Sen. Eric Schneiderman, with Working Families Party and community activists who are fighting to raise the minimum wage by $1.60 an hour. The protest was held outside the doors of a McDonalds on the corner of BroadwayRead More

Redistricting won't affect Hispanic makeup of Senate District 28

Uncategorized May 20, 2002 at 12:00 am

New York State Assembly District 28, currently represented by State Sen. Olga Mendez, will consist of only El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), Roosevelt Island and part of the South Bronx, leaving part of Washington Heights as another, newly established, predominately Hispanic district. According to Rep. Adam Clayton Powell IV, “the changeRead More

With city officials cutting budget, who will care for the elders? Senior citizen community organizations explain difficulties fo

Uncategorized May 18, 2002 at 12:00 am

On May 17, members of the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York and the Coalition Against Hunger gathered at the City Hall Senior Center to discuss the effects of city budget cuts on senior citizens. They urged everyone to respect and to take care of the elderly.Read More

Pall of gloom falls over Bangladeshi community after two commit suicide because of unemployment, immigration problems.

Uncategorized May 17, 2002 at 12:00 am

Astoria resident Nurul Islam, 55, committed suicide on May 12 after eight months of unemployment and the rejection of his green card application. He was originally from Bianaibazar, Bangladesh. On May 26, Nurul Alam of Alexandria, Va., took his own life with a knife after fighting with family members aboutRead More

Where’s the mayor?

Uncategorized May 15, 2002 at 12:00 am

Every morning when we get into the office, an e-mail message from the mayor’s press office is waiting in our inbox. “Public Schedule for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for…” followed by the date. Basic details of the mayor’s public schedule appear in the text of the message, with the locationRead More

Where's the mayor?

Uncategorized May 15, 2002 at 12:00 am

Every morning when we get into the office, an e-mail message from the mayor’s press office is waiting in our inbox. “Public Schedule for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg for…” followed by the date. Basic details of the mayor’s public schedule appear in the text of the message, with the locationRead More