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Coming to the Table: Immigrant Women and Food

Celebrate immigrant women and ethnic food traditions. Taste foods from Haiti, Bangladesh, Jordan, and other nations. Learn how immigrant women support their families, create community and maintain culture in a new country—through cooking, growing, selling, shopping for, and serving food. A discussion with: Grace Young, award-winning cookbook author (Stir Frying to the Sky’s Edge, The Breath of […]

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The Economy vs. Immigration: What will unlock the Latino vote in 2012?

Latino voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the presidential election, just as they did in 2008. This town hall event will explore the tensions in the complex relationship that has evolved between the Latino electorate and the presidential candidates. Will economic concerns such as unemployment and housing foreclosures guide at the voting booth? Will the candidates’ immigration policies dominate?

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The Detention Dilemma: Families, Security and Immigrant Rights

The Detention Dilemma: Families, Security and Immigrant Rights

Recent reports draw attention to the continuing expansion and privatization of immigrant detention centers and the violation of immigrants’ rights throughout the process of detention and deportation. What are the effects of the current situation on individuals who spend months or years in detention, and on their families?

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DREAM Activists and the Immigrant Rights Movement

DREAM Activists and the Immigrant Rights Movement

Tens of thousands of youth graduate high school each year in the US with an inherited title: “undocumented immigrant.” Passage of the DREAM Act would make many undocumented young people legal residents, start them on a path to citizenship and make them eligible for financial aid if they finish college or serve in the military. While Congress considers—and delays—passage, legislators in states nationwide are debating and passing measures of their own.

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Immigrant Electoral Power: The Changing Face of Leadership in NYC

Immigrant Electoral Power: The Changing Face of Leadership in NYC

New York City today has four Asian American elected officials, a far cry from only a decade ago. Although the city has numerous Latino legislators, it has yet to elect a Latino citywide or statewide official. As new generations of immigrants emerge and their children grow up, is New York’s political character changing? Can new communities gain influence in government and society and help reshape our political leadership?

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Deconstructing the Immigrant Vote: A Feet in Two Worlds Town Hall

Deconstructing the Immigrant Vote: A Feet in Two Worlds Town Hall

More than ever before, immigrant voters are key players in electoral politics and the presidential race. Yet their opinions and concerns are often overlooked by mainstream media. What are the top issues and priorities for today’s immigrant voters? How are the nation’s immigrant communities responding to the candidates’ efforts to woo them—and who will win their votes?

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Same News Different Views, Bridging the Gap Between Ethnic and Mainstream Media

Same News Different Views, Bridging the Gap Between Ethnic and Mainstream Media

The federal immigration policy debate may soon reach its climactic moment, changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. Meanwhile, our city’s immigrant communities face unique—and not so unique—local challenges related to schools, poverty, housing and more. If you read or listen to the mainstream English-language press, what are you missing?

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Learn English… If You Can: The Shortage of English Classes for NYC’s Immigrants

New Yorkers’ demand for low-cost English classes vastly outstrips supply. There are far fewer subsidized English classes for adults offered in New York City today than 16 years ago-despite the massive increase in the immigrant population and the fact that English speakers are much more likely to earn a living wage. What are the cultural and economic implications?

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Young Women of Color and HIV/AIDS: Where Did We Go Wrong?

Young Women of Color and HIV/AIDS: Where Did We Go Wrong?

HIV infection rates have declined in other high-risk populations, yet new HIV and AIDS cases among black women and Latinas in New York State have more than tripled in the last 15 years. Women of color now account for 85 percent of women in the state living with HIV/AIDS. Nearly half of the females newly infected with HIV are teens and most of the rest are women aged 20 to 24.

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Immigrants in a Global City

With Feet in Two Worlds: Immigrants In A Global City

New Yorkers thrive amid multiple hybrid cultures bridging east and west, north and south. Meanwhile millions of city residents have their ears
and eyes attuned to their home countries, to their families, politics, cultural life and the flow of money across borders.

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