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Theatre project to stimulate economic growth in the Bronx

Uncategorized September 7, 2002 at 12:00 am

In an effort to revitalize the economy of the South Bronx, State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr., allocated a half million dollars to a newly created theatre based economic development project. The project would take possession of the Olympic Theatre, located at 163rd Street and Longwood, Westchester and Prospect Avenues, improveRead More

As anniversaries converge, many planning commemorations struggle to reconcile September 11th and the intifada

Uncategorized September 6, 2002 at 12:00 am

By including a tribute to Israeli victims of terror in its recommendations for how its chapters might memorialize September 11th, the national Hillel movement hoped to create an inclusive atmosphere in which American Jews could connect with Israelis in their moment of loss. But the mixed reaction to the programRead More

Hunger increased after September 11th

Uncategorized September 4, 2002 at 12:00 am

A hunger crisis facing New York after September 11th led thousands of Latino residents to seek out free meals, such as are available at soup kitchens and food pantries. According to a report by the organization and food bank Food for Survival, Latinos account for 28.4 percent of those whoRead More

To dream the American Dream: Undocumented Filipino workers cry abuse from Filipino employers

Uncategorized September 2, 2002 at 12:00 am

Like most Filipino immigrants, Manny Mendoza* came to the United States hoping to achieve the American dream. But how can he possibly when he only gets paid $2 per hour from his present work? Mendoza, 42, was a seaman, and jumped ship in Long Beach, California about five years ago.Read More

Ending abuse in Bukharian Jewish families

Uncategorized September 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

Thirty Bukharian-Jewish women in Queens, N.Y., started a grassroots group, Beit Shalom, to combat domestic violence, a pervasive problem among Bukharian immigrants who began arriving in the United States from Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan about 10 years ago, after the breakup of the former Soviet Union. Their community in Queens nowRead More

Sold out

Uncategorized September 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

Haggling on his cell phone with Citibank over exorbitant fees, straddling a pile of bills, and helping customers all at the same time, David Ramnauth holds court outside his parents’ hardware store. He constantly nods hello and gets patted on the shoulder by men walking past. Ramnauth seems to knowRead More

Doherty denied visa to return to United States

Uncategorized September 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

For almost nine years, former IRA fugitive Joe Doherty fought to stay in the United States while the British government tried to extradite him, and when that failed, the U.S. administration tried to deport him. During those years, from 1983-92, Doherty became a rallying point for many Irish Americans, whoRead More

Chasm in cyberspace widens: Black entrepreneurs continue to fall behind technology curve

Uncategorized September 1, 2002 at 12:00 am

Steve Ballmer knows how to get an audience’s attention. When Ballmer, CEO and president of Microsoft Corp., said that less than two percent of African-American entrepreneurs possessed an e-commerce strategy, a loud murmur rippled across the vast auditorium at New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center. “With small business a keyRead More

Conferences for Egyptians in America: Where are the Coptic Christians?

Uncategorized August 31, 2002 at 12:00 am

With great interest, I followed the articles in Al-Ahram about the conferences in Washington, D.C., moderated by Dr. Mohamed El-Sayed Said, called, “Muslims in America and their role in public elections.” The first section was published in Al-Ahram on June 28, 2002, and the second section on July 5, 2002.Read More

September 11th investigation marred by arbitrary detentions, says Human Rights Watch

Uncategorized August 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

The United States government’s investigation of the September 11th attacks has been marred by arbitrary detentions, due process violations, and secret arrests, Human Rights Watch (Human Rights Watch) said in a new report released on Aug. 15. The Department of Justice has misused immigration charges to dodge legal restraints onRead More

Letter from Brighton Beach: Zhirinovsky plays the clown, and an emigr is not amused

Uncategorized August 30, 2002 at 12:00 am

It was a strange feeling. As if I never left the Soviet Union, as if I never escaped anti-Semitism, as if I am still a target. Hateful statements, followed by long applause—ethnic Russians laughing over dirty jokes about Jews. No, it was not a nightmare. It was Aug. 21. IRead More

Landlord of building where boy died stole rent money meant for poor

Uncategorized August 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

A fire claimed the life of eight-year-old Jashawn Parker just before midnight on Aug. 6. The PS 94 student, whose summer school classwork work was on display at the memorial outside the building, submerged himself in a bathtub full of water to stave off the flames which followed a loudRead More

Raids on Pakistani homes and arrests are at their peak: 60 arrested from Queens and Brooklyn this week

Uncategorized August 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

The INS and FBI are raiding the homes of those whose country of origin, Pakistan, is America’s greatest ally in the war against terrorism. Within the last week, the agencies arrested 60 people in Queens and Brooklyn. They were all charged with violations relating to their immigration status. The PakistaniRead More

Reparations and labor unions

Uncategorized August 28, 2002 at 12:00 am

As the reparations movement continues to gain momentum, activists maintain that the success of their movement rests in its ability to effectively educate and mobilize grassroots. The Millions for Reparations rally, held in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 17, drew considerable support from Black workers who view the reparations issue asRead More

Valor = Visa

Uncategorized August 27, 2002 at 12:00 am

A Belfast-born paramedic in New York whose immigration status had expired last year has been granted the right to stay in the United States by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) as a result of his rescue work on September 11th. The INS confirmed last week that Roger Smyth, whoRead More