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New Yorkers and the Immigration Bills

Jun 04, 2007

Linda Teoh has been waiting for a chance to visit her homeland for years. After landing at Kennedy Airport in Queens 10 years ago, she has missed all the family


Co-op Disclosure Bill Stalls in Council

May 22, 2007

A civil rights bill that would require co-op boards to lift their veil of secrecy and provide a reason when they reject a buyer is stalled in the New York


Language Barriers Silence Immigrant Tenants

Apr 10, 2007

Shaun Donovan, commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, has responded to this article. For his response, see below. Immigrant tenants and advocates for them have long complained


City Council’s First Haitian Member

Feb 26, 2007

Waving signs and denouncing then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, thousands of Haitians shut down the Brooklyn Bridge as they marched to City Hall in August 1997. Some carried Haitian flags as


Where Is The Civil Rights Agenda?

Feb 01, 2007

What does “civil rights” mean in 2007? In his target="new"> State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made only one explicit reference to civil rights: “Four years ago this week


Drivers’ Licenses for Immigrants

Jan 08, 2007

With a new administration in Albany, many immigrant New Yorkers are hoping that a policy that has denied drivers' licenses to hundreds of thousands of state residents who lack immigration


Civil Liberties and the Election

Nov 16, 2006

While the headlines trumpet dramatic change in federal and New York State government, the experience on the ground for city residents in terms of civil rights issues may be more


Back In The Spotlight

Nov 01, 2006

Minutemen at Columbia The vigilante border patrol group, The Minuteman Project, has received more than its fair share of attention in recent weeks. It all stems from an October 4th incident


Good Government Speaks Many Languages

Oct 02, 2006

In a city where one in four New Yorkers is still in the process of learning English, City Hall is failing to take its own advice. In what can only