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A Sotomayor Diary

Friday, July 17, 2009

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor captured the attention of millions of Americans during her confirmation hearings this week. some more so than others:

Twenty year old Zila Acosta comes from a part-Puerto Rican, part-Dominican family. Her mother is a school principal, and her father is a ...

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Obama Tells NAACP More Yet to Do on Civil Rights

Friday, July 17, 2009

President Obama gave a lot of nods to New York City during last night's speech before the NAACP convention, including praise for an education partnership that crosses political boundaries.

OBAMA: If Al Sharpton, Mike Bloomberg and Newt Gingrich can agree that we need to solve the ...

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President Obama in NY Area Today

Thursday, July 16, 2009

President Obama is in the area today. He's addressing the NAACP convention, and he's hoping his popularity rubs off on some local politicians. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: President Obama will first head to the town of Holmdel, New Jersey. There he'll be stumping for ...

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RNC Head Vows to Build Relationship with NAACP

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Speaking this morning, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said the GOP and the NAACP have missed opportunities to engage with each other in the past.

Steele is the first African-American head of the RNC. He says he's committed to building a relationship between the two ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NAACP: Young at Heart?

Monday, July 13, 2009

As the NAACP centennial celebration gets underway in midtown, Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, looks at its relevance to the "hip hop generation." She is the author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters.

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NAACP Marks 100th Anniversary

Monday, July 13, 2009

The nation's largest and oldest civil rights organization marks its 100-year anniversary with a celebration this week here in New York City.

The NAACP's annual convention started over the weekend, and featured speeches from Mayor Bloomberg, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Charles Schumer. But many ...

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Ethnic Press Calls on White House for Immigration Reform

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Hundreds of ethnic media organizations across the country are organizing to demand action on federal immigration reform.

REPORTER: New America Media, an association of ethnic news outlets, has produced an editorial calling on the White House and Congress to enact a "just and humane" reform package.

Marcelo ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Transitional Justice with Paul van Zyl

Friday, July 03, 2009

Paul van Zyl, co-founder and the executive vice-president of the International Center for Transitional Justice and former executive secretary of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, discusses how countries move on from collective injustice, why he believes the U.S. needs a post-9/11 truth and reconciliation commission, ...

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Number of Hate Crimes Decreased, Severity Increased

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A new report says the number of hate crimes in New York City has decreased, but the severity of the violence has worsened. The New York Anti-Violence Project says it based the report on FBI statistics, and found there were five murders against members of ...

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Gay New Yorkers Celebrate Indian Ruling on Homosexuality

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A court ruling in India has gay and lesbian activists in New York jumping for joy. The Delhi High Court ruled that India's colonial era laws against homosexuality are unconstitutional. New York activist Myna Mukherjee says it's a watershed for gay rights in the world's ...

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Groups Decry Discrimination Against Sikhs in Schools

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Some civic and community groups say the city's regulation to stop harassment in public schools, isn't working. A report released today by the Sikh Coalition and other groups says most students see no decrease in discrimination and bullying since Mayor Bloomberg signed the measure last ...

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20 Years After "Do The Right Thing"

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Twenty years ago, director Spike Lee debuted his independent feature film "Do The Right Thing". The plot takes place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Styuvesant on the hottest day of the year, in 1989.

It explores escalating racial tensions in the city after real-life incidents like ...

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City Council Wants Muslim Holidays Added to School Calendar

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The City Council is urging the Bloomberg administration to add two Muslim holidays to the public school calendar. Councilwoman Annabel Palma supported the resolution that passed this afternoon.

PALMA: This is not just another day off. This is a city embracing yet another culture, a city ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Update

Monday, June 29, 2009

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate and founding editor of the XX Factor, talks about some recent rulings--as well as Justice Souter's last day on the bench. Also: Ted Shaw, a professor of law at Columbia Law School and former president of the

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Construction Workers Get Settlement

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Three undocumented workers have reached a nearly $4 million settlement with their employers, after a two-year case in New York state supreme court. The two construction workers and a plumber are from Mexico and Ecuador, and claimed they were severely injured on the job. Attorney ...

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Sikh Transit Workers Protest MTA Logos on Turbans

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sikh transit workers forced to wear MTA logos on their turbans since 9-11 will appeal to local legislators today at City Hall. Two of the workers are suing the MTA claiming the policy amounts to religious discrimination.

Amardeep Singh is the executive director of the Sikh ...

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NAACP Celebrates 100 Years

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The NAACP is getting a plaque today at the Manhattan site where the organization held its first meeting 100 years ago.

Mayor Bloomberg is presenting the plaque at a news conference.

The NAACP held its first meeting in 1909 at The Cooper Union's Great Hall in the ...

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Six Days in Breukelen

Saturday, June 06, 2009

This year New Yorkers are celebrating the 400th anniversary year of Henry Hudson’s voyage from Amsterdam to our shores. Some students in Brooklyn are getting a history lesson about the Dutch settlement here that they wouldn’t find in a textbook. They’ve spent the past few ...

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Five Women Artists: Five Takes on Islam

Friday, June 05, 2009

Islam is in the air – from Barack Obama’s big speech, to a festival in New York this month of Muslim arts and ideas. Among those voices are five young women artists who have a show at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art in ...

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NYC Muslims React to Obama's Speech

Thursday, June 04, 2009

President Obama's speech to the Islamic world has generated intense excitement among New York City's Muslims. Haroon Moghul works for the Islamic Center at NYU. He says he only realized what a big deal the speech would be when he woke up this morning.

MOGHUL: I ...

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