SEPTEMBER 2002

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Should Non-Citizens Be Allowed to Vote?
From Gotham Gazette
In the early 1900s, citizenship was not a requirement to cast the ballot. Some immigrant advocates and politicians are trying to restore the tradition.

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People On The Street
From Gotham Gazette
What do some New Yorkers think about immigrant voting rights?

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What Do You Think?
From Gotham Gazette
Cast your vote on our online poll as to whether non-citizens should have the right to vote in New York elections.

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or many immigrants, Labor Day simply means another work day -- and so does Primary Day.

Mistreatment of immigrant laborers is common; one immigrant domestic worker recently detailed how she was "treated like a slave"(New York Daily News). Hundreds of immigrant workers recently testified before human rights groups at Hunter College that worker's compensation claims for those injured and killed on the job are routinely denied or delayed (Newsday). Increased scrutiny has led to hundreds of immigrant workers getting fired (Crain's New York Business).

Not many new immigrants are anywhere near the voting booth; they are not citizens and therefore are barred from voting in New York on September 10th, primary day. But that might change. There is a movement (Gotham Gazette) to push for legislation allowing non-citizens to vote in New York elections.

But what looms largest in the minds of New Yorkers this month is the anniversary of September 11th (Gotham Gazette). The attack and the aftermath continue to affect immigrants in special ways. Immigration policy seems to change each week. Beginning September 11, visitors from some Muslim countries will be fingerprinted and required to report to the immigration agency. This is the first phase of the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System that will track"virtually all" of the 35 million foreign nationals who visit the United States (Agence France-Presse). While no one knows what's next for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, its commissioner, James Ziglar, announced his retirement after intense criticism.(Associated Press). Meanwhile a federal appeals court ruled in late August that the press and public must be allowed to witness immigration hearings for suspects detained in the Sept. 11 investigation (Washington Post).

In this September edition of the Citizen, we also have stories of Arabs and Jews sitting down and talking to each other, the French coming together in Brooklyn, Koreans wondering if their community will disappear, a schedule of the many parades this month ... and much more.


Special Section!
Immigrants and 9/11

On the one-year anniversary of September 11th, we look back at the stories that the Citizen has translated from the ethnic press, and those that we have written ourselves, that deal with the way that immigrants have experienced September 11th.

INS Will Not Use 9/11 Victim Info For Deportation
From Hoy
The immigration service will not try to deport undocumented victims’ family members based on information they give to the Federal Victim Compensation Fund.

Koreans Should Help 9/11 Victims
From Korea Times
Although the Korean community honors the victims and consoles the families, their hearts do not seem to be into memorializing the terrorist attacks.

From Irish Echo
An Irish American chaplain at Ground Zero asked that the piece of steel debris that resembles a Christian cross be kept as part of the final World Trade Center memorial.

A Call For Unity
From Korea Times
"If Koreans cannot rely on each other, the Korean community will get smaller and weaker and eventually disappear in America," says the author of this editorial, recalling of the good old days in the Korean immigrant community.

Le Brooklyn
With the arrival of many French restaurants and expatriates, Smith Street in Brooklyn is transforming itself into Little France. Also an interview about this recent phenomenon with Bette Stoltz , executive director of the South Brooklyn Local Development Corporation.

Little France
From France-Amérique

Mother Hen of Smith Street
From France-Amérique


They Fear Losing Their Homes
From El Diario
As landlords' contracts with the city expire, some Section 8 residents worry that they will be left homeless.

Neighbors of Botanical Garden Oppose Planned Parking Lot
From Sing Tao Daily
A group of residents near Queens’ Botanical Garden voice vehement opposition to the city government’s plan to construct a large parking lot nearby.

Every Penny Counts
From Nowy Dziennik
While many Poles consider it shameful to shop at 99 cent stores and go there only to pick up garbage bags, others shop there for groceries and cosmetics almost every day.


Legal Scams
From World Journal
The Department of Consumer Affairs called on consumers to be extra cautious in selecting immigration legal services after firms in Chinatown turned out to be scam operations.

Arab Israeli Dialogue In Brooklyn
From Gotham Gazette
The Middle East usually leaves Jews and Arabs divided. Brooklyn's Dialogue Project is bringing them back together.

No More New York Post
From The Arab Voice
Arab and Muslim merchants have refused to sell the New York Post because the paper, they said, publishes biased articles against Muslims and Arabs.


Immigrant Labor Force
From Gotham Gazette
Immigrant laborers share their working experience and explain what keeps them here in New York City.

School Bus Drivers
From Hoy
Nine school bus drivers and bus aides, all women, were suddenly fired by Third Ave. Transit, for supposedly refusing to work in the summer.

Massage Only
From World Journal
Charges of prostitution and the lack of a licensing process leaves Chinese qigong therapists in a tight spot.


Latino Police Officers Sue NYPD Over Discrimination
From Hoy
The Latino Officers Association plans a lawsuit to protest racial discrimination within the police department

Violence In Flushing
A Chinese woman was hit with a roller skate after failing to hold an elevator door for a neighbor, and a Chinese man was arrested in a manner that had 200 onlookers complaining of police brutality.

Neighbor Beats Up Woman and Accuses Victim of Robbery
From Sing Tao Daily

Flushing Street Scuffle Between Police and Chinese Driver
From Sing Tao Daily


West Indian Day Parade

Ethnic Parades And Festivals
From Gotham Gazette
September is the busiest month for New Yorkers to celebrate their heritage. A schedule of the best-known parades and festivals this month, and highlights from the rest of the year.

Indian Pride At New York Parade
From India Tribune
In a show of ethnic Indian American pride and the rich cultural heritage of India’s diverse population, thousands thronged the 22nd Annual India Day Parade.


Can't Wait To Wed
From Ruskaya Reklama
A man wants to marry his girlfriend but she is here on a tourist visa. What should he do? An advice columnist in a Russian newspaper explains all.

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