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NYPD Reaches Out to Muslim Community During Ramadan

Friday, September 04, 2009

This week marks the mid-point for Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. Estimates of the number of Muslims who call New York City home run as high as 800,000. For a decade, the NYPD has made an effort to help Muslims feel more ...

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NJ Law Enforcment Warned to Follow Rules on Immigration

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

In New Jersey, State Attorney General Ann Milgram is warning local law enforcement agencies that they must follow the rules when questioning people about their immigration status. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: Milgram says police must follow state laws that protect against racial-profiling, and that means ...

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Report: Latino Regularly Harrrased

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

A report from a national civil rights group says Latino immigrants in Long Island's Suffolk County are regularly harassed, taunted, and pelted with objects hurled from cars.

The Southern Poverty Law Center report is based on interviews with more than 70 Latino immigrants in recent months. ...

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Policing Bed-Stuy

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Coriel Gaffney, Bedford-Stuyvesant resident and City Limits contributor gives her take on what she sees as faulty policing in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Then, Paul Browne, deputy commissioner of public information at the NYPD, explains and defends the department's policing practices in Bed-Stuy and beyond.

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Paterson Apologizes for Race Comments

Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Governor is apologizing for his much-criticized recent comments, implying he's the victim of racism. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

REPORTER: The state's first African American governor say he's sorry his comments came as a sweeping condemnation of media coverage as racially biased against him.

PATERSON: ...

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Housing Discrimination in NYC Rising Since 2006

Monday, August 24, 2009

Federal officials say housing discrimination complaints have been steadily increasing in New York City since 2006. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, housing discrimination complaints went up 47 percent. There were 287 complaints in 2006 and 424 in ...

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Ramadan Fasting Observation Begins

Monday, August 24, 2009

The hot weather might mean cold drinks for some people, but for Muslims observing Ramadan, drinks -- and food -- aren't an option. The holy month began Saturday and that means fasting between dawn and sunset and frequent prayers in between.

Ibrahim Balde is a 16-year-old ...

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Gays and Lesbians Protest Exclusion From India Day Parade

Monday, August 17, 2009

The Bollywood and bhangra dancers were out in full force at the India Day parade yesterday, but so were protesters opposing the exclusion of gays and lesbians.

The South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association says parade organizers would not acknowledge their application to march alongside other ...

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Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime on Long Island

Monday, August 17, 2009

Police on Long Island are investigating whether the robbery of an Hispanic man should be categorized as a hate crime.

Suffolk County police say three young white men encountered an Hispanic man on a Patchogue street shortly before midnight Friday. They say the three knocked him ...

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NYCLU Says Stop and Frisks Increasing

Friday, August 14, 2009

The New York Civil Liberties Union says the NYPD is on pace to break last year's record for stop and frisk encounters. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

In the first half of this year, the NYPD made 311,000 stop frisks. More than 90 percent of those ...

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Friendly Fire Cop Won't Face Charges

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A grand jury has decided not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot African-American Officer Omar Edwards in East Harlem this May. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Reverend Al Sharpton is renewing his call for Governor Paterson to appoint a special prosecutor ...

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Muslim Community Encouraged by Immigrant Affairs Commissioner

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Members of the city's Muslim community are expressing optimism about Mayor Bloomberg's choice for a new immigrant affairs commissioner. He appointed an education adviser from his administration named Fatima Shama, who speaks five languages - including Arabic - and whose father is Palestinian. Linda Sarsour, ...

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Following Settlement, Westchester to Build Affordable Housing for Nonwhites

Monday, August 10, 2009

Westchester County has agreed to create hundreds of affordable homes in overwhelmingly white communities, and encourage nonwhites to move in.

The agreement settles a 3-year, $180 million lawsuit brought by the Anti-Discrimination Center of Metro New York. A federal judge ruled in February that when Westchester ...

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Local Reaction to Immigration Detention Reform

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Immigration officials have outlined a series of steps to transform immigration detention from a criminal to a civil system and improve conditions at detention centers.

Local reaction to today's announcement has been cautiously optimistic. Amy Gottlieb is the regional director of the Immigrant Rights Program for ...

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Affordable Housing Battle in Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

NY State Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-53), who represents Bushwick and Williamsburg and is Brooklyn Democratic Party chairman, argues in favor of a contested plan to build affordable housing at the Broadway Triangle in Williamsburg.

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Black Firefighters Society: Abolish Written Exams for Recruits

Friday, July 24, 2009

A society of African-American firefighters is pushing to abolish written exams from the FDNY's recruitment process. The Vulcan Society won a ruling this week, that determined two of the Fire Department's written exams given in 1999 and 2002, discriminated against minorities. Shayna Kadidal is the ...

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Under Arrest: Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Eric Adams, NY State Senator (20th district) and former head of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care, joins us for a discussion about the arrest of renowned Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. When asked about the incident during Wednesday's press conference, President Obama responded, "It's ...

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Court Rules FDNY Unfair to Minority Firefighter Recruits

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A US federal judge has ruled that the Fire Department of New York used recruitment exams that discriminated against blacks and Hispanics. The ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed against the city by a black firefighters' organization and the US Department of Justice.

It ...

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Report: Immigration Raids Violated Rights

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Researchers say hundreds of arrest reports from New Jersey and New York show that immigration authorities have been illegally entering immigrants' homes and arresting disproportionate numbers of Latinos, without legal basis. WNYC's Marianne McCune reports.

REPORTER: When it comes to finding and deporting immigrants who aren't ...

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Call In: Minority Point of View

Friday, July 17, 2009

During her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Judge Sonia Sotomayor has had to answer for her “wise Latina” comment and explain how her background and racial identity affect her role as a judge. We want to hear from you. Do you identify as a minority in your profession? How does your ...

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