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Students urge change in discipline

Students urge change in discipline

Education, In the News, Manhattan, New York October 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

More than 100 students, parents and teachers gathered at City Hall last week to protest the Department of Education’s discipline policies and urge the city to use alternatives to suspensions that they say promote better behavior.

Congo Week coming to Harlem

African, In the News, Manhattan October 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The nonprofit organization Friends of the Congo will bring the third annual Congo Week to Harlem from Oct. 16-23, in an effort to educate the public about the ongoing crisis in the war-torn country. The focus will be on “conflict minerals”– gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten–that are used to manufactureRead More

Coalition mobilizing African American and Latino voters

New York, Politics October 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

An effort to mobilize Latinos in Suffolk County to vote kicked off on Oct. 8, when the Long Island Civic Engagement Table brought residents of villages like Brentwood, Central Islip and Patchogue together to help immigrants become citizens, assist new citizens in registering to vote and boost their participation on election day.

Advocacy groups team up for DREAM initiative

Asian, Education, In the News, New York, Southeast Asian October 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Advocacy groups gathered in New York to fundraise for a program that helps undocumented students with financial support for college. The DREAM Fellowship Program awards 10 students with internship opportunities and aid for college.

A Journey of Art, from Caracas to Millerton

A Journey of Art, from Caracas to Millerton

Culture, Metro Area, South American October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

“The price that is put on a piece of art should be in accordance to what the artist has achieved.” This was what Camilo Rojas, distinguished artist and professor, told me before wishing me goodbye alongside his wife, artist Virginia Lavado. Camilo and Virginia are two of the most inspiringRead More

Muslim volunteers clean a basement in Wayne, NJ, on October 4.

Muslim relief group helps Irene victims

Environment, Metro Area October 12, 2011 at 4:49 pm

ICNA Relief, the only relief organization of the American Muslim community, sends its volunteers to five cities and towns in New Jersey to clean up homes damaged by Hurricane Irene. Collaborating with FEMA, the group selected 40 homes of the disabled and the elderly for the clean-up.

Egyptian American protesters chant for their right for absentee  voting in upcoming Egyptian elections on Sat., Oct. 8.

Egyptians demand the #right2vote

Featured Posts, Middle Eastern, New York, North African, Politics October 12, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Egyptian Americans demand their right to absentee vote in Egyptian elections, the first after the ouster of the Mubarak regime.

Members of Hazara community protesting in front of Pakistani consulate.

Pakistani minority protests killings

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian October 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Hazara community protests outside the Pakistani consulate against the continued killing of its members in that country.

Supporters of Anna Hazare and the anti-corruption movement in India chanted in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill at the 2011 India Day Parade in NYC.

Indian Americans protest Indian corruption

Featured Posts, New York, Politics, South Asian October 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Indian Americans in NY and other US cities have gathered in large numbers to protest corruption in India.

NYC small businesses showing their worth

Caribbean, Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

It’s a predictable fact of our daily lives that in extremely difficult times, we search for a glimmer of hope, anything that would tell us that better days are ahead. So it is the small businesses, especially those in minority communities, which are suffering heavy blows from the demoralizing effectsRead More

Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers shows the box that contains 10,000 signatures asking Governor Cuomo to not sign the bill.

Gypsy cab drivers’ struggle takes unexpected turns

New York, Politics October 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

For the second time in less than a week, taxi drivers without medallions demonstrated outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, this time to demand exactly the opposite of what their colleagues called for last Thursday: that the governor not approve of the bill that would authorize gypsy cabs to pick up passengers in the street.

What are you complaining about?

What are you complaining about?

Featured Posts, New York, Opinion October 12, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Russian Bazaar asked Russian-speaking New York City residents this broad and somewhat provocative question.

President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Juan Cartagena (center), next to Esmeralda Simmons, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College (left), and Margaret Fung of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), during the press conference in which they presented the "Unity Map" for redrawing districts.

Battle to re-draw districts

African American, East Asian, In the News, Latino, New York, Politics October 12, 2011 at 3:24 pm

The political battle to re-draw electoral districts for the State Assembly and State Senate began yesterday, when, for the first time in history, a coalition of Latino, Asian and African-American organizations presented a joint project called the “Unity Map.”

Freezing. Some family spend the winter with only the low heat of the stove.

Campaign for heat in El Barrio

Housing, Manhattan, Mexican October 12, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Movement for Justice in El Barrio has started the “Hogares Helados” (“Frigid Households”) campaign, an initiative to help low-income families get hot water and heating in their homes during the oncoming cold season.

Afghan women in N.Y. reflect on 10-year war

In the News, Middle Eastern, New York October 12, 2011 at 3:15 pm

In a new survey and interviews, women who have moved to New York City from Afghanistan say they prefer their new lives in the United States and fear the return of the Taliban. Many fear the consequences for women when troops withdraw.