Sandy Continues to Reveal Inequality Gaps

More than six months later, Hurricane Sandy evacuees continue their search for a permanent home. The storm affected the rich and the poor, but because of income disparities in New York, some individuals need help more than others.

National Defense Authorization Act

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments challenging a controversial statute that allows the military to indefinitely detain U.S. citizens who are suspected of being involved with terrorism. In September, a lower court ruled against this provision, saying it violates the First and Fifth Amendments. Now the court’s will decide whether to let that ruling stand.

Local Syrians Help Refugee Children Find Relief

As the conflict in Syria enters its third year, millions are still displaced and living in refugee camps on the borders or neighboring countries. Aid organizations say attention needs to be paid on the lasting impact it on Syrian. Some local Syrian Americans are returning to inner cities where violence is rampant and relief aid is scarce.

Outrage over ads posted on subway stations

A series of controversial ads posted in subway stations around the city last week caused public outrage for their use of the word “savage” to refer to the Islamic term “Jihad.” Now, Pamela Geller, the woman behind the ads, says the reaction is helping her cause, and that she plans to expand the ad campaign to other cities.

Violence against Women Act

President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act into law yesterday. Though the law has existed since 1994, the renewed act expands protection and funding to additional victims of domestic violence.

Young immigrants say DACA is not enough

On June 16th, the Obama Administration announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. To date, about 82,000 undocumented applicants have applied to the program. Most of the applicants were brought to this country illegally as minors. Last week, officials announced that 29 of them have been approved. I spoke with two applicants who qualify for the program. One is applying, and the other is not.

Second Generation Tibetan in Exile

Six decades after China occupied Tibet, young Tibetans are finding it difficult to define their identity in the west.  Khenrab Palden moved to New York two years ago, and just recently joined the Tibetan Freedom Movement. He says he wants to be an active participant in the community, which helps him preserve his cultural traditions.