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Latino coalition comes out against the division of Ridgewood: Queens residents do not want to be part of Brooklyn

Uncategorized January 24, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Ridgewood Coalition expressed its opposition to the new plan from the City Charter Commmision’ proposal to divide of Ridgewood, Queens, and add it on to Bushwick, Brooklyn. “Fix Bushwick, but do not divide Ridgewood,” said the press release. If the City Council accepts the proposal, added the coalition, aRead More

India may be added to list of countries requiring special registrations, Speculation rife after INS adds five more countries to

Uncategorized January 24, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Immigration and Naturalization Service has added five to the list of countries whose citizens in the United States require special registration—and opened up the question of when India will make the list. Speculation was further fuelled when CNN’s Larry King asked Attorney General John Ashcroft Dec. 17 about theRead More

Some stories about organizing

Uncategorized January 24, 2003 at 12:00 am

Pete Corrigan and Casey Decker, owners of the Yellow Cab Company in Chicago contacted me to find out how to help Pakistani cab drivers who are in the United States illegally. I went to Pete’s office, and saw some people I knew who drive taxis. We started talking. An estimatedRead More

Roe at 30

Uncategorized January 24, 2003 at 12:00 am

“And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follow, then thouRead More

The administration’s unambiguous refusal

Uncategorized January 23, 2003 at 12:00 am

Two days before the Foreign Minister of Pakistan’s arrival in the United States, Attorney General John Ashcroft said that Pakistan will not be removed from the list of dangerous countries and its nationals will have to register. He said this to the Pakistani Ambassador, who in turn said that noRead More

Few Pakistanis register on first day

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

On the first two days of registration, few Pakistanis have showed up: forty on the first day in New York (127 in the first two days); in Chicago, 70 appeared on the first day. An estimated 600,000 Pakistanis live in the United States, 200,000 in New York State alone. MostRead More

Pakistani arrested at registrations

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

After two days of registration, 127 Pakistanis and 100 Arabs registered. One Pakistani, Khurrum Ali, was arrested. The Pakistani Consulate has not yet verified the arrest. American authorities still claim that the registration process is not discriminatory on the grounds of ethnic, national, racial origins. If the registration law isRead More

President Musharref silent about registrations

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

Pakistanis residing illegally in the United States are anxiously awaiting news of the outcome of talks between Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, visiting from Pakistan, and Bush administration officials. Almost all undocumented Pakistanis will decide whether to register from their impressions of the meeting. Since September 11th, 10,000 Pakistanis haveRead More

The police department becomes more diverse

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

As of today, the New York Police Department (NYPD) can count more than 2,000 more officers. The graduating class is one of the most diverse to come out of the Police Academy. Latinos comprise 25 percent of the new officers, African Americans are 18 percent, women are 20 percent, andRead More

MLK celebrations – window dressing?

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

If you’ve gotten caught up in the salutes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and preparing to shortly celebrate Black History Month, you must recognize that sometimes these observances can seem like just window dressing to disguise the innate and often two-faced nature of racism in this country. Like weRead More

Is the KKK running the Bush Administration?

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

President George Bush continued his schizophrenic behavior when he decided to re-nominate Charles Pickering for the U.S. Court of Appeals. In 2002, Pickering’s nomination was rejected by a then-Democratic-controlled Congress Pickering angered black politicians and organizations when he called the state court, on the behalf of white racists that wereRead More

Nigeria’s disgrace at the United Nations

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

The diplomatic community in New York is ashamed by what is happening at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations. For the past five weeks, diplomats and other U.N. officials trying to reach the Mission have been told by the phone company that the phone is disconnected. AfricanRead More

Latino-owned taxi companies protest Newark’s lack of support

Uncategorized January 22, 2003 at 12:00 am

More than 100 Latino-owned taxi companies picketed at Newark City Hall for close to four hours on Jan. 16. The demonstration was a protest against unsafe conditions, two taxi drivers were killed within a scant four months; high prices for auto insurance; and excessive ticketing by police. An estimated 70Read More

Police brass works to polish police image in Brooklyn

Uncategorized January 21, 2003 at 12:00 am

On the walls of Assistant Chief Joseph Fox’s office in Flatbush, more than 60 photographs and plaques decorate the walls and more crowd the tabletops. Fox points first to the one of the West Indian Labor Day Carnival by his door to make a point about how he sees Brooklyn.Read More

Asian community’s rage about Shaquille O’Neal’s comments continues

Uncategorized January 19, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Asian community’s rage against Los Angeles Laker Shaquille O’Neal continues. Despite Shaq’s apology for his comment against Huston Rocket’s Chinese player Yao Ming in mock Chinese, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) wrote to the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Jan. 14, demanding a public service announcementRead More