A Call to Action on Proposed Willets Point Redevelopment Plan

A Call to Action on Proposed Willets Point Redevelopment Plan

By Eric Córdova An all-women’s rally was held on the steps of CitiField on March 16, 2017.  Members of the newly formed East Elmhurst Corona Alliance gathered together for a call to action on the proposed Willets Point Redevelopment Plan.  Led by Ms. Talea Wulfa of East Elmhurst, the demonstration is an objection to Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland’s decision to allow construction on Willets Point without any guarantees of creating housing for the residents of Queens County. The plan to redevelop Willets Point has been a prickly subject over the past few years.  Community Leaders in East Elmhurst and Corona have been left in the dark, in what they consider a much-needed solution to the community’s housing issue.  Recently, the community has grown weary of...
32BJ Doorwoman Fights Husband’s Deportation With Support from Her Union and Community

32BJ Doorwoman Fights Husband’s Deportation With Support from Her Union and Community

As Draconian Deportations Accelerate Under Trump Administration, 32BJ and Allies Protested at ICE Building after Yahaira Burgos’s Husband Arrested at Meeting with ICE Officials   Unions, elected officials and community members rallied with Yahaira Burgos today in Downtown Manhattan to call for the release of her husband Juan Vivares, who was detained this morning after a check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement at a meeting at their offices at 26 Federal Plaza. Yahaira, a Manhattan doorwoman, and her lawyer say her husband, who was recently denied his asylum claim based on a technical issue, should be allowed to stay in the country and have filed a stay against his deportation. Juan was forced to flee Colombia in 2011 due to political violence and now...
Cumbre Educativa Hispana por el rescate de nuestros estudiantes

Cumbre Educativa Hispana por el rescate de nuestros estudiantes

“La asistencia de los estudiantes a las escuelas públicas no ha bajado, pero si ha mermado la participación de los padres de familia”, dijo la canciller de educación Carmen Fariña al referirse al clima antiinmigrante que ha despertado en los Estados Unidos desde que Donald Trump se posesionó como presidente. La canciller Fariña también habló de su experiencia como inmigrante, madre y abuela de origen español y dijo que ser bi-cultural es muy importante. “Por eso no debemos bloquear a los estudiantes porque ingresan a la escuela sabiendo otro idioma, el de sus padres. Esa es la riqueza de esta nación en donde no hay una sola cultura”. La canciller Fariña fue la oradora principal del Hispanic Education Summit que se realizó en el...
Flushing Town Hall con nueva temporada de 5 encuentros de música del mundo

Flushing Town Hall con nueva temporada de 5 encuentros de música del mundo

Cada evento combina artitas con diversos estilos musicales, comienza con vivas lecciones de baile; Flushing Town Hall ofrece descuentos al comprar boletos para múltiples presentaciones – Siguiendo su misión de proveer música global a una comunidad global, en esta primavera Flushing Town Hall reanuda su popular serie Global Mashups, donde artistas musicales de todo el mundo presentan – y luego unen – sus melodías en actuaciones únicas. En cada uno de los cinco eventos, las audiencias de todas las edades experimentan actuaciones musicales de dos regiones diferentes, y después miran y escuchan como los artistas de la música saltan en el escenario junto para un tercer sistema distintivo. Antes del comienzo de cada actuación, los miembros de la audiencia participan en lecciones de baile...
College Opportunity and Resource Expansion (CORE) Campaign Launches to Increase Affordability for ALL New Yorkers

College Opportunity and Resource Expansion (CORE) Campaign Launches to Increase Affordability for ALL New Yorkers

More than 30 organizations and dozens of students launched the College Opportunity and Resource Expansion (CORE) campaign to extend college affordability for all New York’s students, increase rewards for current recipients, expand income thresholds and create a $50 million zero-interest student loan fund. In New York State, student loan debt outpaces any other consumer debt, and more than half of all household debt comes from student loans. This creates a serious financial burden for graduates and overall, leads to decreased economic growth. While students are being left behind, the cost of education in New York State has soared. According to a report by Comptroller DiNapoli, student loan debt has grown to $82 billion in New York over the last decade. In addition, the number...
Ballet Hispánico at the Joyce Theater April 18 to 23 Con Brazos Abiertos and All Female Choreographers

Ballet Hispánico at the Joyce Theater April 18 to 23 Con Brazos Abiertos and All Female Choreographers

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the Joyce Theater with a program of all-female choreographers from April 18-23, 2017. Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at Joyce.org. The engagement features the world premiere of Michelle Manzanales’s Con Brazos Abiertos, an exploration of iconic Mexican symbols that Manzanales was reluctant to embrace as a Mexican-American child growing up in Texas; Línea Recta by Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a work pairing the hallmark passion of flamenco dance with highly inventive and intricate partnering, performed in collaboration with flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel; and 3. Catorce Dieciséis by Tania Pérez-Salas, one of the leading voices of Mexican contemporary dance, which draws inspiration...
Latino Population in NYC

Latino Population in NYC

According to the latest Census survey, the 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS), New York City’s Latino population is estimated at 2,437,297, or 28.9 percent of the city’s total population. This is an increase of 156,182 (or 6.8 percent) since 2010, when it made up 28.4 percent of the total. New York City continues to have one of the most diverse Latino populations in the United States. The largest Latino groups in New York City are Puerto Ricans (29 percent), Dominicans 27 percent), Mexicans (13 percent), Ecuadorans (8 percent) and Colombians (4 percent). Between 2010 and 2015, the Dominican population grew by 18 percent, Mexicans by 15 percent, and Puerto Ricans declined by 5 percent). About the American Community Survey (ACS) The American Community Survey...