The Red Hook Initiative brings digital innovation to the working class neighborhood by setting up a community wireless network that is run by local residents. (Photo by Stephanie Deji/Red Hook Initiative via Colorlines)

Wiring Up Red Hook with Communal Wi-Fi

Brooklyn, Social Services, Technology November 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

In Red Hook, Brooklyn, home to the borough’s largest housing project, a community group has assembled a wireless network that is set up and maintained by local residents, and held a training program, bringing a bit more diversity to digital innovation efforts, reports Colorlines.

(Photo by John Fraissinet, Creative Commons license)

People of Color Consume Technology but Few Produce It

African American, Labor, Latino October 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Blacks and Latinos are MIA in Silicon Valley or New York’s equivalent, “Silicon Alley,” but they are leading when it comes to using smartphones and social media platforms. A Colorlines piece investigates the causes, which include a lack of connections and social capital to make it in the field.

(Photo by Linda Sarsour @lsarour via Twitter)

Immigration Rally Through Social Media

Brooklyn, Featured Posts, Immigration, Voices' Picks October 7, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Highlights of Saturday’s immigration rally in Queens Latino, El Diario, Colorlines and on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo Jeanette Hanneman via the National Parks Conservation Association, Creative Commons license

Immigrants, Minorities, Poor Feel Sting of Shutdown

The effects of the shutdown depends on its duration but some locals are already feeling the effects.

A pre-mural painting by teen participants in Groundswell’s Recovery Diaspora Project Photo: All photos courtesy of Groundswell via Colorline

Teen Artists Portray Sandy Stories in Murals

Brooklyn, Culture August 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm

A community organization in Brooklyn’s Park Slope is working on a series of murals to restore some of what Hurricane Sandy washed away. Groundswell is employing teenage artists from across the city to paint their Sandy stories, reports Jamilah King in Colorlines.

(Photo by Seth Freed Wessler via Colorlines)

Muslims Sue NYPD Over Surveillance

Crime, In the News, Religion June 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Civil liberty groups have filed a lawsuit against the City and the NYPD on behalf of Muslim New Yorkers caught up in the controversial police surveillance program, reports Colorlines.

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Immigrants Pay Billions More Into Medicare Than They Take Out

Government, Health, Immigration, Labor June 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

A recent study has found that between 2002 and 2009, immigrants contributed a cumulative total of over $115 billion more to Medicare than they took out, reports Colorlines, while those born in the U.S. generated a deficit of $28.1 billion.

Manager Andrea Plaid (left) for Colorlines' Drop the i-word campaign, Jose Antonio Vargas, and Fernando Chavez inside The New York Times building to deliver signatures urging the publication to stop using the term "illegal" when describing undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Erin Zipper via Colorlines)

Drop ‘Illegal,’ Say 70K to The Times

Culture, Immigration, Media April 24, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Colorlines reports that Jose Antonio Vargas, Fernando Chavez – the son of Cesar Chavez – and dozens of supporters gathered to deliver 70,000 signatures to The New York Times, calling on the publication to stop using the term “illegal immigrant.”

Soheeb Amin, who says his Muslim Student Association and mosque were targeted by NYPD informants, speaks at a March 11, 2012 press conference at One Police Plaza. Photo: Seth Freed Wessler

NYPD Surveillance Has Lingering Impact on Muslims, Report Finds

In the News, Religion March 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Worshippers, families, store owners and students shared how the tactics of the NYPD surveillance program have permeated their lives with fear and paranoia at a press conference attended by Colorlines.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Muted Hope After Obama’s Immigration Speech

Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino, Politics February 1, 2013 at 11:42 am

Reactions from Colorlines, Gay City News, Irish Central, The Epoch Times, Diario de México and Amsterdam News indicate that while immigrants and advocate groups are glad the issue is finally reaching the table, there remains a long way to go.

(Photo from Colorlines)

77% of Asian Americans Supported Obama

Asian, Politics January 22, 2013 at 7:25 pm

A study by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund based on Election Day exit polls found that Asian Americans overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama and as many as 96 percent of Bangladeshi Americans went for the president.

This month's “Racism Still Exists” billboard in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn on the corner of Nostrand Avenue and Halsey Street brings up stop-and-frisk. (Photo by Jamilah King/Colorlines)

Bed-Stuy Billboard Campaign: ‘Racism Still Exists’

African American, Brooklyn, In the News, Media January 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

The anonymous billboards in the gentrifying neighborhood voice issues of racism against African Americans. With a new topic every month, each billboard is accompanied by an online post that provides evidence to back up the campaign’s blunt messages.

Image from Life of Pi's official website.

Breaking Down Oscar Nominations by Community

Culture, Featured Posts, History, LGBTQ, Media January 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Following the announcement of the 2012 Oscar nominations, the community and ethnic press zoomed into the stories of nominees from their respective communities, or of films that were particularly relevant to their readers. From “Life of Pi” to a documentary about ACT UP to criticism of slavery-themed films.

ICE agents escort man after an arrest in Detroit. (Photo provided by ICE via Colorlines.com)

Parental Deportations Leave Thousands of American Children in Limbo

Communities, Crime, Immigration December 17, 2012 at 6:01 pm

The federal government issued 204,810 deportation orders to undocumented parents with U.S. citizen kids between July 2010 and September 2012, reports Colorlines.com.

Undocumented Youth Tell Their Stories in New Book

Undocumented Youth Tell Their Stories in New Book

Immigration, Media December 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

“Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth” compiles the stories of undocumented young people between 10 and 32 years of age, in hopes of giving a human angle to the controversial issue, reports Colorlines.