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Excerpts from "Bosnian Diaspora in the United States: Possibilities and Perspectives"

Uncategorized July 10, 2002 at 12:00 am

In the United States and Canada, every successful venture in business, politics, and even the arts, depends on a good marketing strategy. The Bosnian immigrant community must learn from this model and promote and better organize its diaspora. Thanks to our public relations disorganization, every day we lose a largeRead More

Groups continue to fight the living wage battle

Uncategorized July 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

It is not uncommon to see Haitian women, some of them dressed in the white nurse uniforms, running for the No. 35 bus on Church Avenue in the early morning, when the sky is still that dark blue slowly giving way to light. For 15 years, Lerette Cazeau has beenRead More

New Jersey cleaning company hangs Polish students out to dry by reneging on promised summer work

Uncategorized July 9, 2002 at 12:00 am

For the first few weeks in July, three Polish students wandered around New York after a New Jersey-based company, which promised them work and a place to live, left them with nothing. The students have been saving money by barely eating, but the company’s boss claims he didn’t promise themRead More

A day in the life of Alejandra

Uncategorized July 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

When called for a job, Alejandra Garcia gets up fully energized, earlier than usual. She wears sporty clothes and her most comfortable shoes. Alejandra, 34, cleans her employers’ homes before her own. She is a domestic employee whose weekly salary ranges from $50 to $200, depending on the number ofRead More

Hospitals in Bergen County expand Korean translation services and increase Korean-American medical staff

Uncategorized July 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

As the number of Korean patients rapidly increases, hospitals in Bergen County, New Jersey, are setting up hubs to provide services in Korean and secure Korean medical staff. Because most Koreans do not have medical insurance and have trouble using hospital facilities due to the language barrier, the hospitals willRead More

Bitter taste: Kosher food company bucks government order

Uncategorized July 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

In Hebrew, “Tuv Taam” means good taste. But many of the kosher food company’s workers say its most important product is bad faith. Last week, the 10-month-old labor conflict at the Williamsburg-based appetizer and frozen food purveyor entered a new phase when Tuv Taam’s management let a government-set deadline slipRead More

“We’ve been threatened”: The Workplace Project in Hempstead advocates on behalf of Latino day laborers

Uncategorized July 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

“Angry because we support the workers’ claims to be paid, the contractors have gone to the extremes of threatening us with bats and guns,” said Nadia Marin-Molina, director of the Workplace Project, located in Hempstead, Long Island. Every Wednesday evening, the Project’s Day Laborers Coordinator Carlos Canales meets with workersRead More

Legal immigrants sue for rights to food stamps

Uncategorized July 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

At the end of June, a coalition of social advocates filed a lawsuit demanding New York State authorities guarantee all poor documented immigrants receive food stamps. The plaintiffs accuse the New York food stamps program (FAP) of unconstitutional discrimination against needy legal non-citizens of the United States. A state lawRead More

"We've been threatened": The Workplace Project in Hempstead advocates on behalf of Latino day laborers

Uncategorized July 5, 2002 at 12:00 am

“Angry because we support the workers’ claims to be paid, the contractors have gone to the extremes of threatening us with bats and guns,” said Nadia Marin-Molina, director of the Workplace Project, located in Hempstead, Long Island. Every Wednesday evening, the Project’s Day Laborers Coordinator Carlos Canales meets with workersRead More

Reparations dialogue opens in city and state government

Uncategorized July 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

Recently, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) took time out from his busy schedule on Capital Hill to join lawmakers for a public hearing on a reparations resolution before the New York City Council. Sponsored by Councilmen Bill Perkins and Charles Baron, the measure seeks to institute laws that would allow opportunitiesRead More

Starting a petition for legal status for undocumented immigrants

Uncategorized July 3, 2002 at 12:00 am

Whenever I hear the words “undocumented immigrants,” or “illegal immigrants,” I am reminded of my friend from high school. Like many other high school students, my friend and I enjoyed our teenage years together. During our senior year, however, I discovered that he was an undocumented immigrant. My friend, whoRead More

A cash boost for immigrant groups

Uncategorized July 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

Speculation is mounting within the Irish community that the Irish government will invest significant funding into U.S.-based immigrant advice centers as part of a worldwide strategy to cater to the concerns of Irish citizens abroad. The U.S. branch of a task force set up by the Irish government in October,Read More

From subway stations to Carnegie Hall

Uncategorized July 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

When world-renowned Chinese artist and collector C.C. Wang stepped out of Carnegie Hall, his smiling face told all. “It was great,” said the 96-year-old painter, whose works are collected by the Metropolitan Museum. “I have lived in New York for several decades. This is one of the most impressive CarnegieRead More

City budget targets poor, middle class, while rich continue to evade taxes

Uncategorized July 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

With the budget deal done, politicians in the city have time to catch their breath after the election and post-election blur combined with the budget process. The freshmen on the city council saw what numbers look like in the real world, and were happy just to get through it, savingRead More

City Tech’s valedictorian delayed college for seven years to care for siblings and daughter

Uncategorized June 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

While growing up in Jamaica, West Indies, Cheryl Sparkes was often told by her teachers and family that education was the key to achieving goals. That was fine with her; she hated missing school so much that she cried when she had to be absent. But her love of learningRead More