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From the left, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Catalina Cruz and Julissa Ferreras Copeland at the La Estrella del Caribe restaurant. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Latinos Battle over Queens’ District 39 Assembly Seat

Elections 2018, Latino, Queens April 25, 2018 at 4:47 pm

While Ari Espinal won the special election for the vacant 39th Assembly District seat in Queens, she will face a tough Democratic primary on Sept. 13 against two Hispanic candidates – including Catalina Cruz, who is picking up powerful endorsements, Queens Latino reports.

Liang Jin shows a photo of his father's family in China. (Photo by Yu Lan via World Journal)

Chinese Share Memories of Exclusion Act

East Asian, History, Immigration April 25, 2018 at 3:25 pm

At the annual Family Treasures event at the Museum of Chinese in America, Chinese Americans brought historical documents and photos belonging to family members who lived during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act, reports World Journal.

Borough President Eric Adams, protesting on Tuesday, said the travel ban has torn families apart. (Photo by Paula Katinas via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Yemeni-Owned Bodegas Closed in Hour-Long Protest

Brooklyn, Business, Middle Eastern April 25, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Yemeni bodega owners closed their stores for an hour a day before the Supreme Court hears arguments on President Trump’s travel ban, reports Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

(Photo courtesy of the NY Dream Foundation via RiverheadLOCAL)

‘Dream’ Scholarships for Immigrant Students

Education, Immigration, Long Island, Youth April 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

With the financial assistance of Long Island residents and organizations, the Dream Foundation helps immigrant youths pursue higher education, reports RiverheadLOCAL.

Cecilia Lezama has lunch every day for only $1 at an East Harlem senior center. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Struggling Undocumented Seniors Find a Lifeline in City Programs

New York, Seniors, Social Services April 24, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Elderly undocumented immigrants who stay in New York despite lacking social security benefits survive thanks to city programs such as those offered by public hospitals, senior centers and the congregate meals service, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Vivian Viloria-Fisher (Photo by Christopher Walsh via The East Hampton Star)

LI Candidate on Immigration and Dominican Roots

Elections 2018, Long Island, Politics April 24, 2018 at 5:04 pm

The East Hampton Star profiles Vivian Viloria-Fisher, a native of the Dominican Republic and former Suffolk County legislator who speaks about her decades of community involvement on Long Island.

P.O. Joseph Vincent addressing the crowd attending the first 6th precinct NYPD Build The Block meeting for sector Charlie in Greenwich Village. The meeting took place On the evening of April 18th in space provided by Saint Johns Lutheran Church on Christopher Street. In attendance were about 25 residents of the area. P.O. Joseph Vincent, P.O.Nicholas Virgilio and their Boss Sargent Christopher Carlsen conducted the meeting. Some topics discussed at the meeting were late night noise by neighbors, Street vendors, Pan handlers, package thefts, drug sales, people riding bicycles on sidewalks, noisy kids on stoops late at night. (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Neighborhood NYPD Meetings Have ‘a Long Way to Go’

Labor, New York, Police, Youth April 24, 2018 at 4:56 pm

City Limits reporters observed that neighborhood policing initiatives like “Build the Block” meetings have not reached intended audiences such as youths and police skeptics, as well as street vendors.

Pedro Mejia being sworn in. (Photo via Reporte Hispano)

Mejía is First Dominican in NJ Legislature

Dominican, Government, Metro Area April 23, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Pedro Mejía, a Secaucus businessman who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 15, was sworn in as the first Dominican state representative in the New Jersey General Assembly, Reporte Hispano reports.

Legacy preserved: Local civic gurus voted to co-name Gold Street between Myrtle Avenue and Willoughby Street after journalist and civil-rights advocate Ida B. Wells, who lived on the block back in the 1890s.

‘Ida B. Wells Place’ in Brooklyn?

African American, Brooklyn, History, Women April 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

A part of Gold Street in downtown Brooklyn could be named in honor of Ida B. Wells, the journalist and abolitionist who spent her formative years in the borough, writes Brooklyn Paper.

Protesters marching across the Brooklyn Bridge on the April 20, Day of Outrage rally. Photo Credit: Margarette Tropnas, Facebook.com.

Disappointment Over Haitian March Across Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Immigration April 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm

The Haitian Times describes what resulted from disunity between organizers of a April 20 demonstration meant to capitalize on the anniversary of the community’s historic march in 1990.

After graduating, she will be joining The Trace, a nonprofit news organization, as a fellow. She will be investigating gun violence.

FilAm Journalism Student Wins Pulitzer

Media, South Asian April 23, 2018 at 3:37 pm

The FilAm speaks to contributing writer and Columbia journalism student Mariel Padilla following her Pulitzer Prize win.

Minutes before the mayor’s announcement, Sofía Miranda from Puerto Rico was in a City Hall demonstration asking de Blasio not to leave María survivors behind. (Photo via El Diario)

De Blasio Throws Lifeline to Desperate María Survivors

New York, Puerto Rican April 20, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed that the city will help nearly 100 Puerto Rican families and Hurricane Maria victims stay in their hotels as FEMA announced it is cutting off housing payments, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

New: the NYC Population FactFinder

New: the NYC Population FactFinder

Demographics, New York April 20, 2018 at 5:46 pm

The NYC Planning Department has released a new platform, Population FactFinder, to make it easer to access data about NYC.

Alex Sánchez, director of Homies Unidos in Los Angeles, California, is a former gang member who participated in the first  conference Building a Strong Long Island: Gang Interventions at Work. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

LI Gang Conference Addresses Harsh Reality of Family Reunification

Immigration, Long Island, Youth April 20, 2018 at 5:29 pm

A panel on gang violence on Long Island brought testimonies of former gang members who explained how family reunification policies have been a factor in creating disaffected immigrant youths who become prey to gangs, Noticia Long Island reports.

Immigrant Tenants in Bushwick Organize against Landlord

Immigrant Tenants in Bushwick Organize against Landlord

Brooklyn, Housing, Immigration, Video April 20, 2018 at 2:34 pm

A BRIC TV video follows the plight of immigrant residents of a Bushwick apartment in disrepair who come together to take their landlord to court.