In the News

In these difficult times

Uncategorized February 6, 2003 at 12:00 am

When the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (JBFCS) opened a new branch in Coney Island three years ago—named the Stanley and Rita Kaplan Family Center—the prevailing mood at the presentation and in New York overall was very optimistic. The capital of the world seemed safe from harm; itsRead More

Justice or vengeance?

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

Strange Days, Indeed Immigration is not a problem to be solved. It is the sign of a confident and successful nation. And people who seek to make America their home should be met in that spirit by representatives of our government. New arrivals should be greeted not with suspicion andRead More

Can Al Sharpton win the 2004 presidential elections?

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

The Rev. Al Sharpton announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States the day after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The day before, as part of the King celebration, political big wigs Sen. Hillary Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended an event at Sharpton’s headquarters, which housesRead More

Teens make parenting a choice

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

This story was written by Oliver Conroy, 12; Nazli Kfoury, 17; Hector Rivera, 16; Anthony Rodriguez, 16 and Trent Spiner, 16. Every year 900,000 teens become pregnant. While that number is 39 percent lower than it used to be a decade ago, the number of kids becoming parents each yearRead More

War! The church prays for peace

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

The churches are doing what they do best: praying. They are taking the matter of the United States squaring off in combat against Iraq to the Lord in prayer. It’s a thin line as to whether or not the war will take place. Thousands of troops are in a stateRead More

A night spent at the Federal Building

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

It is 11:00 p.m. on Jan. 24. It is a cold night. I am sitting with Sarfaraz Amin, a young Pakistani businessman, Quraish, an official from the Pakistan Embassy, and Riaz Jafri, a lawyer on the 10th floor of the Federal Building (The third floor office of the INS, whereRead More

A new wave of arrests in the wake of registrations

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

On the day of the Superbowl, many dozens of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and other Muslims were arrested in San Diego and other cities in California. According to the L.A. Times, the authorities refuse to release details of those arrested. For the first time, there are reports from Pakistanis about the policeRead More

American universities scrutinized for their Muslim students; Mosques will also be profiled

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

Campus police at universities, including schools in Florida, Illinois and Massachusetts, are going to help the FBI keep tabs on Muslim students. Civil liberties organizations say this will create a culture of fear among Muslim teachers and students on American campuses. They will always have to watch what they say.Read More

Forum: The self-respect and self-confidence of the community is at stake

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

At a forum organized at the offices of Sada-e-Pakistan participants, including lawyers, journalists, and business leaders, discussed challenges that the Pakistani-American community faces in these times of the Registration Law The proposal that the Mexican president made to Bush about providing amnesty to undocumented Mexicans in the United States hasRead More

The Bronx’s gang alternative

Uncategorized February 5, 2003 at 12:00 am

How do you keep youth and adults from joining or staying in gangs? The Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC), located at Jerome Avenue and 170th Street in Highbridge, has an answer. Thanks to Adrian Bordoni and two other staffers, LPAC (pronounced “elpac”) started a gang intervention program that works withRead More

AIDS continues to increase in Korean community

Uncategorized February 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

The number of Korean-Americans infected with HIV or suffering from AIDS is on the rise. According to government sources, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Philippino, and Vietnamese AIDS patients in North America have steadily been on the rise, comprising only 1.2 percent of all AIDS patients in 1993, but increasing to 3.1Read More

With war on Iraq imminent, Korean community’s anxiety increases

Uncategorized February 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

After hearing news that the United States was planning to deploy additional long-range bombers and an aircraft carrier near the Korean Peninsula, Mr. Kim, 34, who lives in Astoria, Queens, quickly called his family in Korea. “I wake up numerous times during the night thinking about a possible outbreak ofRead More

International conference protests oppression of minorities in Bangladesh: anti-conference rally outside

Uncategorized February 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, a prominent writer and columnist, said, “the violation of human rights in Bangladesh is such that there is no time to relax. Go back to Bangladesh armed to protect human rights.” He made the statement in a speech to an international conference protesting the human rights violationsRead More

The point of no return? High costs of living shock returning Irish

Uncategorized February 4, 2003 at 12:00 am

For many young Irish immigrants, America is a stop on the way to owning a home back in Ireland. Most young Irish people come to American to earn a lot of money very quickly so that they can get a head start on their peers and own their own homeRead More

The Policemen’s KKK: Investigating the “Lords of Discipline” in New Jersey

Uncategorized February 3, 2003 at 12:00 am

Everything began, apparently, with the discovery of a T-shirt in a sergeant’s locker in the Tuckerton, N.J., police station. On the shirt was printed the words “Lords of Discipline,” a secret society within the ranks of New Jersey police. It is often spoken of, but no one has yet beenRead More