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Denise Romero versus Chuck Schumer

At JHISN’s Community Gathering on October 17, activist Denise (Lupita) Romero spoke about her recent confrontation with US Senator and Democratic Party Leader Chuck Schumer on the streets of Woodside, Queens. Read More

“American”

This happened a long time ago, but it made a big impression on me: I was a young white activist, recently moved to the US Southwest. An older Mexican guy named Oscar had taken me under his wing, helping me survive in a factory job that I had more or less faked my way into. Read More

How To Not Be Brave

I followed him. Because I had watched those videos. Because the ghosts started dancing, ghosts of fascism and trains and uniformed men demanding identity papers. Because the smirk made me angry. Because he looked like a cold threat on a warm, sunny day. Read More

Some Facts about Immigrants in NYC

NYC is home to 3.2 million immigrants (foreign-born people), the largest number in city history. Immigrants make up over 37% of the city’s population. There are more households that include immigrants than there are households without any immigrants. Over a million children (under 18) live in a household with at least one foreign-born family member. Read More

In Praise of Migrants—And Jackson Heights

Mehta is inspired by Jackson Heights, and by New York in general. He notes that the city has been thriving because of the huge waves of immigration that arrived in recent decades. The author’s moving hope is that New York can serve as an example to the world. Read More