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Campaign 2005: Much At Stake For Immigrants

Sep 01, 2005

There is no question that New York, with its nearly three million foreign-born residents representing 200 ethnicities and speaking 175 languages, is a city of immigrants, as it always has


Mayoral Issue Grid: Immigrants

Aug 25, 2005

Mayoral Issue Grid IMMIGRANTS - Non-Citizen Voting? - Drivers License Requirements? -Amnesty -School Translators? There is currently a bill in the New York City Council that would give non-citizen


Mayoral Issue Grid: Civil Rights

Aug 15, 2005

Mayoral Issue Grid CIVIL RIGHTS -Use City Contracting Power for Civil Rights Issues? -Gay Marriage? For decades, the city government has its enormous financial power to move social agendas. In


Street Vending Licenses

Aug 01, 2005

Maria Samba, a 49 year-old immigrant from Ecuador, makes a living by selling flavored ices in the summer and hot dogs in the winter. Like many other undocumented immigrants, Samba


Howard Beach Is Not Alone

Jul 06, 2005

When Nicholas “Fat Nick” Minucci, 19, a white man, fractured the skull of Glen Moore, 22, an African American, with a baseball bat while yelling racial epithets in Queens on


Immigration Reform

Jul 01, 2005

Teddy Lim, an immigrant from China, is about to enter a limbo. After graduating from business school last year, he was given a practical training card – a piece of


Immigrant Drivers Win A Victory

Jun 17, 2005

Should people who are not in this country legally have the legal right to drive an automobile? Is a driver’s license anything more than a way to assure public safety


The Education Equality Act

Jun 01, 2005

When Catalina Martinez, a Mexican immigrant, first received a notice from her son’s school, she did not think much about it because she didn’t understand what the letter said. But