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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

Quality of life declines in Elmshurst and Flushing

Uncategorized June 13, 2003 at 12:00 am

The quality of life in Elmhurst and Flushing–areas with a high population density of Koreans–is declining. Recent statistics show a marked increase in robberies and violent crime as well as an alarming increase of prostitution. Women of many races and ethnic minorities ply their trade throughout the night. From theRead More

Appoint independent investigator for Zongo killing says community to Governor Pataki

Uncategorized June 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

Governor Pataki of New York has been urged by the African community to appoint an independent investigator to investigate the case of the shooting of an unarmed African immigrant by a New York police officer. The call was made today at a joint meeting between members of the United AfricanRead More

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission is a cash cow for the mayor’s office

Uncategorized June 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

“Cooperate with us!” a passerby shouted yesterday at taxi driver Carlos Santos, who works for the High Class company, reproaching him for picking up a passenger in upper Manhattan at 11 in the morning when the strike was going on. “I’m going to the strike later,” said Santos to theRead More

Urban development policy may cause displacement in East Harlem

Uncategorized June 12, 2003 at 12:00 am

In El Barrio, the process of urban renewal is improving housing and making streets cleaner and safer, but many neighborhood residents are worried as rents skyrocket to unaffordable levels. “They are displacing us,” contends Candy Vives-Vasquez, an activist and 40-year resident of East Harlem. “Real estate offices will ask $1,200Read More

Justice Department report shows that the war on terrorism quickly became a war on immigrants

Uncategorized June 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

A report released by the Justice Department shows that of the 766 people arrested by the FBI in the aftermath of 11 September, 505 were deported and 54 detained for more than 90 days. Almost all of them were Muslim and most of them were from New York. Anthony Ramirez,Read More

New lobbying group started by young Pakistani immigrants shows results

Uncategorized June 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

Pak American Civic and Cultural Organization successfully lobbied NY State Assembly members to discuss the problems faced by Pakistani immigrants post 9/11. This dialogue will take place on 9 June in the State Assembly. The Mayor of Jersey City will also be present along with 80 people invited from theRead More

On the suicide of a gay boy

Uncategorized June 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

I just heard about a boy, Muslim from South Asia, who committed suicide, because he was gay. I am moved to write about this unknown boy’s death in these pages even though I know that most readers of this paper are not gay positive, to say the least. I alsoRead More

Only 20 per cent of Korean students in the United States registered in Student and Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS)

Uncategorized June 11, 2003 at 12:00 am

The U.S. government’s new verification system for foreign students, SEVIS, starts in August. It intends to track the registrations, whereabouts and activities of all foreign students in the United States. Students from foreign countries will only be allowed to attend institutions which give the government information through the SEVIS system.Read More

Chinese Americans protest at City Hall in fight for bilingual education

Uncategorized June 10, 2003 at 12:00 am

Nearly 200 people, including city councilmen, educators, community leaders and Seward Park High School teachers and parents, protested in front of City Hall for the preservation of bilingual classes at Seward Park High School and to emphasize that immigrants’ education should not be discriminated against. They held signs that saidRead More

Living illegally in the U.S. is a nightmare

Uncategorized June 9, 2003 at 12:00 am

Lucia Reyes is a Mexican woman who arrived in New York from Coyahualco, state of Guerrero, with hopes of escaping poverty. Her big dream was fulfilled when she brought over her boyfriend as well. Antonio Romano worked in construction. He died when he fell from a scaffold on the sixthRead More

Canal Street has many street vendors, tourists and garbage says sanitation worker Li Ga-Jon

Uncategorized June 8, 2003 at 12:00 am

Cleaning garbage is a difficult job, but the Chinatown Sanitation Association and its three full-time sanitation workers work hard 365 days at cleanliness in Chinatown. For rescuing Chinatown from its economic recession due to SARS, the association has announced a plan to hire more people and promote health and sanitationRead More