Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and Queens Museum, on view thru November.
Last week President Barack Obama announced that he would use executive action to address the country’s immigration system after House Speaker John Boehner stated that the House would not vote on it this year. President Obama recently described the increasing influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally as an “urgent humanitarian issue” and announced the establishment of an interagency group to manage this issue. Although the initiative will provide some relief to the thousands of migrant children currently living in the United States, it ultimately only serves as a Band-Aid solution to a deeply rooted problem that must be solved on both sides of the border. Latin America and the United States must strengthen bilateral cooperation to decrease the number of minors attempting the dangerous journey across the border.
In the absence of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, the number of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the country continues to worsen every year. In the last nine months alone, 47,000 minors have been detained after entering the U.S. illegally without the company of a parent or relative. This is almost twice as many as last year. Projections put the number of unaccompanied minors at over 100,000 in 2015.
The Quilter’s Showcase, NYC Parks “Arts, Culture & Fun” series, world-renowned, award-winning quilters display their cultural & creative works in an interactive showcase, Roy Wilkins Recreational Center’s Garden, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Thurs., June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info: (718) 276-8686 or RSVP: email@example.com.
Long Island City resident Leila Mulla, a former exotic dancer turned nurse, pleaded guilty on May 22 in the 1984 slaying of a 34-year-old businessman in Louisiana.
Mulla, 48, who was arrested in 1984 but released due to lack of evidence, admitted in court that she helped her ex-boyfriend, Ronald Dalton Dunnagan, poison Gary Kergan, whose body was never found.
When freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) got to Congress a little less than a year and a half ago, she was both disappointed and pleasantly surprised.
Disappointed in that members of the House don’t interact as much as those in the state Assembly, where Meng previously served. When members of Congress give speeches, she said, they’re often just for the C-SPAN cameras, with few or none of their colleagues there listening. And the lawmakers only spend about a half hour in the chamber together when casting votes, leaving little time for any interaction.
(BPT) - Every day, millions of Americans turn to the Internet for news and entertainment and to shop. Over the years, Americans have come to trust the Internet so much, that they regularly share information about their daily lives through social media sites and with online retailers.
State Sen. Jose Peralta discusses human trafficking at Queensborough Community College in Bayside last week.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) addressed an audience of over 200 students and faculty at Queensborough Community College in Bayside last Thursday on “Human Trafficking in Our Own Backyard,” drawing a near-capacity crowd.
The talk was the culminating event of a three-week-long ongoing series of related activities, all part of the college’s Common Read Initiative, inspired this year by the featured text, “The Road to Lost Innocence,” the true story of a Cambodian woman who overcame great obstacles and used her experiences to help others stand up for human rights.
In 1997 in Elmhurst, two men approached Li Ping, an immigrant from China. They grabbed her and slit her throat.
While Ping was still alive, she faced the difficult choice of pursuing her attackers and risking the possibility of deportation or staying silent.
Emily Pasnak-Lapchick spoke on human trafficking at a discussion Saturday night in Flushing.
When Helen Reddy sang, “I am woman, hear me roar, in numbers too big to ignore,” on her 1971 debut album, the words became a call to arms for women everywhere.
Although women have come a long way since then in achieving parity with men, they are still fighting for an equal place in society, a point driven home loudly at last Saturday’s panel discussion, “Standing with Women,” at Temple Beth Shalom in Flushing.
(StatePoint) In today’s connected world, we are flooded with global news 24/7. As a result, many suffer from what experts refer to as “compassion fatigue.” But simple acts of kindness can make your community and world a better place to live. And research says it could even be beneficial to your health.
Chairman of the Committee on Immigration Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined fellow Councilman Mathieu Eugene (D-Brooklyn) on the steps of City Hall on Dec. 19 to call on the U.S. Congress to support and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to designate Temporary Protected Status to the Philippines.
The TPS designation, proposed by Eugene, would permit eligible Filipino nationals already living in the United States to remain in this country while the Philippines recovers from the recent devastation of the category-five typhoon Haiyan.
After the recent stabbing of Ever Orozco and years of prostitution, violence and other crimes, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) is demanding changes be made to end the violence on Roosevelt Avenue.
Orozco, who was allegedly stabbed by a 22-year-old man who thought the 69-year-old blew kisses and made sexual gestures at him as the two crossed paths at 90th Street in Jackson Heights. The police are calling the case a hate crime.
Hoping to raise awareness about human trafficking, a gathering was held at Genesis Mission in Corona on Saturday.
The event featured four people from various nonprofit organizations who are trying to stop trafficking as well as help the victims of such exploitation.
Speaking at the human trafficking forum in Corona are Alissa Moore, left, Jimmy Lee, Jonathan Walton and Raleigh Sadler.
Last year, approximately 21 million people were trafficked worldwide.
While the number is staggering, the process of human trafficking is full of misconceptions.
About 12 years ago Five Omar Mualimmak — who says his unique numerical name is the subject of a whole other article — was arrested on drug trafficking, possession of an illegal weapon, money laundering and tax evasion charges and sent to Rikers Island. Those charges were changed and dropped and then a few reissued, Mualimmak, 38, said, keeping him in the system for 11 years.
Once he was put in prison, a fight landed the Bronx man in solitary confinement.
A Flushing pimp pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption on April 15, after being nabbed in an online sex and money laundering sting by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Wei Qu, 51, was part of a larger-scale takedown of Somad Enterprises, Inc., which created, monitored, facilitated and used online, print and cable ads to promote prostitution across the tri-state area, using outlets such as the Village Voice and Backpage.com to promote its illegal services.
A Brooklyn rabbi was arrested and charged last Thursday for allegedly trying to meet up in Queens with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, to engage in sex, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The defendant, Nathan David Rabinowich, 59, of Avenue R in Brooklyn, allegedly sent explicit online messages to what he thought would be his victim. But really it was Det. Sean Ryan of the Major Case Squad’s Vice Enforcement Division, conducting an Internet sex sting.
A St. Albans couple have been indicted on charges that they kidnapped two young women, beat them, forced them to take drugs and made them perform sex acts for money, according the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Gov. Cuomo, a Hollis native and by his own recognition a “Queens man through and through,” received the biggest rounds of applause for his stance on stop and frisk and proposed women’s equality legislation, on Wednesday at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City.
The governor spoke of job creation, taking his time on a decision about fracking upstate, education and gun control, but people were the most excited about equality for all.
I was very touched by Shoeb Abulkalam’s Dec. 20 letter in response to the tragedy in Connecticut, “Unite in peace.” Racked with grief, Americans were once again reminded that Islam teaches that all life is sacred and to take innocent life is to kill mankind.
As an American, a non-Muslim and a non-gun owning human being, I’d like to remind readers that Major Nidal Hasan was a staunch Muslim, who, while shouting “Allah akbar,” raised his gun and blew away 13 innocent, unarmed people at Fort Hood in Texas. He was unfamiliar, it seems, with the teachings of Islam. He has yet to be tried for his crime. Attorney General Eric Holder, on investigating, determined that Hasan’s act was not one of terrorism but of workplace violence. The 13 murdered in Fort Hood were also somebody’s children.
Nor has anyone been held responsible for the trafficking of guns including assault weapons by the Justice Department to drug cartel leaders in Mexico, which killed an American border guard — another mother’s child.
Mass hysteria never solved anything. Before depriving American citizens of their constitutional right to bear arms, let’s give the laws already on the books, which aren’t being obeyed now, more serious consideration.
Let Holder investigate the Newtown killings. The boy Lanza was also a victim. Holder may find that Lanza suffered from sex deprivation, and a simple amendment to Obamacare that would provide all he needed would prevent such calamities in the future.