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The Special Registration Program

Feb 03, 2003

When Mohammad Ferdous Bin Zaman turned on the TV to find out about the weather, he could not believe what he heard. Bangladesh became the latest nation, along with Indonesia, Egypt,


The New Commissioners

Nov 01, 2002

It took him more than ten months to do it, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg has filled eleven vacancies on the New York City Commission on Human Rights with some of


Discrimination at Brooklyn Eatery

Oct 01, 2002

The way Dana Monroe tells it, she went to the Silver Dragon Restaurant in Bensonhurst to order some take-out food, and the proprietors demanded that she pay before they would


Civil Liberties since 9/11

Sep 11, 2002

  Most New Yorkers probably think that government learned a great deal from September 11 about protecting the city, its symbols, landmarks, and people. The attack's immediate aftermath saw a barrage


Feminist Summit

Aug 01, 2002

Rape was in the news recently in a couple of horrendous stories from Pakistan. But the crime should be making some headlines here as well. That, clearly, was the view


The State and Human Rights

Jul 01, 2002

City officials complain constantly that they cannot do what they need to do because of constraints imposed by Albany or due to a lack of legislation that only the state


The Rights Of Same-Sex Partners

Jun 24, 2002

  Larry Courtney lost his partner, Eugene Clark, in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center - and then was forced to move out of the apartment in Manhattan they


The Disabled

Jun 01, 2002

There are about 1.8 million people with disabilities in New York City, according to the 2000 census. While things have changed since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into


The New Human Rights Commissioner

Apr 01, 2002

Patricia Gatling, the new chair of the City Commission on Human Rights, made her first appearance before the City Council's General Welfare Committee, outlining her vision for an agency that