Celebrating Juneteenth with a New Heritage Walk, Landmark, and Progress

As the second Black mayor of New York City, I am proud to celebrate Juneteenth, a day that commemorates June 19, 1865, when every enslaved Black American was finally free. This is a day of importance not just for Black Americans, but for all Americans. It is a day when the promise of freedom finally matched Black Americans’ lived reality. It is a day when the freedom for which America is known for around the world finally became available to a wider group of citizens. However, as we all know, that was only the start of a longer struggle — a struggle for equal access from housing and health care to the ballot box and boardrooms that continues to the present day. In honor of Juneteenth and the progress we have made over the past centuries and decades, our administration wants to play its part in using the present to... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS DELIVERS REMARKS AT FLAG-RAISING CEREMONY FOR JUNETEENTH

  Thank you. Thank you so much. Just think about it. There were 109 mayors, and the Juneteenth flag was never raised here at Bowling Green.  In 2022, when I became the mayor of the City of New York, this location where slaves were traded and families were ripped apart, and I traveled to the continent of Africa and stood on the shores of Senegal and looked out from Gorée Island, realizing that my ancestors left Africa in slavery, I returned with the mayoralty.  That's the greatness of our resiliency as African Americans and what we represent, and why it's so significant to raise this flag. It's also significant not only to raise the flag, but to do an acknowledgement of our ancestors on how we got here. Look at where we are, people of African ancestry.  Right now, you have a mayor of the most important city on the... Read more

NYC Summer Safety: Enjoy NYC More This Summer Thanks to Additional Lifeguards and New Cooling Centers

Last weekend, we unofficially kicked off the summer in New York City during Memorial Day weekend. Our beaches are open for the season, and our public pools will open June 27. New York City has so much to see and do that people forget that this is a beach town, with two of the best beaches in the entire country just a subway ride away! We want to make sure summer in the city is fun and safe, no matter what the weather conditions. That’s why we are hitting the ground running this season, with good news about lifeguard staffing and expanded plans to protect New Yorkers from extreme heat and other emergencies. Let’s start with lifeguards. As many New Yorkers are aware, there is a national lifeguard shortage. It’s not just an issue in the greatest city in the world. But lifeguard shortages mean fewer places to swim. That’s... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS BREAKS GROUND ON $18 MILLION MARLBORO AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION CENTER IN BROOKLYN

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and senior administration officials today broke ground on the new $18.2 million Marlboro Agricultural Education Center at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Marlboro Houses in Gravesend, Brooklyn. The 9,900-square-foot center will include a rooftop greenhouse that supports raising fish and plants. The greenhouses will empower young adults in underserved communities to engage with local, sustainable food production, as well as serve as learning labs for schoolchildren and visitors. “All New Yorkers deserve access to healthy, nutritious food — you can’t have Whole Foods in Park Slope and junk food in Brownsville,” said Mayor Adams. “This state-of-the-art agricultural education center will help us get closer to that goal, while providing an invaluable, resilient space that will bring sustainable food, jobs, and education to this community. And best of all, thanks to the Design-Build contracting tool, we’ll be able to finish this project far quicker and... Read more

African Union Day flag raising is the celebration of the beauty and the resilience of Africa, Mayor Eric Adams

 African Union Day flag raising was commemorated on May 25, 2024, in New York by the Mayor of New York Eric Adams in the presence of Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohamed, the permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations, and the diplomats of several African countries. “We celebrate today the beauty and the resiliency of Africa, “said the mayor who called for the unity of Africa. “The root of our success is unity,” he said.  For ambassador Fatima this is not only a celebration of our rich heritage and remarkable achievement of Africa but also a celebration of Africa’s contribution and diversity.  Abdelkader Jamoussi the consul general of the Kingdom of Morocco spoke on behalf of the African diplomats. It was an opportunity for him to talk about the challenges that Africa is facing such as limited resources and the collaboration among states. Like Mayor Eric... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS APPEARS ON PIX 11’S “PIX ON POLITICS to talk about what is going on in the city.

  The Mayor of New York, Eric Adams was on PIX on Politics to talk about all things facing the city including NYPD's handling of the college protests over the situation in Gaza. Here is in extenso the interview. Dan Mannarino: Good morning, everybody. Welcome to PIX on Politics. I hope everybody is enjoying the Memorial Day weekend. As we welcome in the unofficial start of summer, I'm going one-on-one with Mayor Eric Adams for an exclusive half-hour sit down about all things facing the city. Today, he is going on the record. Mr. Mayor, thank you for being here on PIX on Politics again. Good to see you. Mayor Eric Adams: Hey, always, always good to communicate with you, Dan. A lot to talk about today. Mannarino: Yes. I said, Mr. Mayor, this is the unofficial start to summer, so I want to get right to an important issue, and that is,... Read more

African Advisory Council Cup Final: Gambia beat Benin 3 – 0

The final of the African Advisory Council Cup was played on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in New York at Macomb Dam Park in the Bronx. The kickoff of the competition started on May 4 with 16 teams. The final was on Saturday, May 17, 2024, and   pitted the Gambia team against Benin. The Gambians wore white jerseys and the Beninese yellow. It is 4:38 p.m. when the referee kicks off.  From the start of the game, the Gambians were more decisive.  They missed their first goal opportunity in the 25th minute.  The Beninese who were nonchalant woke up after the Gambians missed to score a goal. Four minutes later they also missed an opportunity to score the very first goal of the game.  The referee blows the whistle for half-time. Gambia 0 – Benin 0. When the game restarted, the Gambians were more decisive and showed a fierce desire... Read more

Spring Jobs Will Lead to a Summer of Opportunity

New York City is in the middle of an economic boom, breaking record after record when it comes to creating jobs and opportunity. Just last week, we celebrated another record high for private-sector jobs in our city, with unemployment falling to 4.8 percent. There is also good news on the equity front, with Black unemployment at its lowest point in half a decade, having decreased by 26 percent since the start of 2022. There is no question: our economy is strong. But we are committed to building on our success and expanding the scope of opportunity for all. That is why we are announcing our “Spring Jobs Sprint,” an all-out effort to connect New Yorkers with jobs. We are not waiting around — we are bringing the jobs to the people. Every month, we host hiring halls to bring both public- and private-sector job opportunities to neighborhoods across the five boroughs.... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS COMPLETES ROLLOUT OF COMPOSTING IN ALL NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks, and New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) Commissioner Jessica Tisch today announced that the Adams administration has completed its expansion of composting to every single New York City public school, three months ahead of schedule. That means that all New York City public schools are now composting their food waste — putting their orange peels, uneaten pizza crusts, compostable food trays, and more to beneficial use for the city and for the planet, helping gardens grow, and creating power through renewable energy here in the New York City area.  “Composting is a win-win-win — it keeps waste out of landfills, greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, and rats out of our communities,” said Mayor Adams. “We’re proud to bring our nation-leading composting program to all of our city’s public schools ahead of schedule,... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Scoring a Goal for Affordable Housing

In November 2022, our administration announced a historic once-in-a-generation transformation of the Willets Points neighborhood in Queens. This neighborhood, which was once called the “Valley of Ashes” and known for its junkyards, is now being transformed into a vibrant neighborhood with 2,500 new all-affordable homes — the largest all-affordable housing project in the city over the last 40 years — a  new school, 150,000 square feet of new open public space, retail space, a hotel, and the city’s first-ever soccer-specific stadium that will be home to, and privately financed by, the New York City Football Club. With the City Council’s vote to approve phase 2 of the development, we are one major step closer to victory for all New Yorkers. The Willets Point project represents the future of our city, a future in which all New Yorkers can afford to live in a safe apartment that is close to a... Read more

Christelle N. Onwu, the CEO and Founder of Express Connexion, the new firm with brand – new services

Christelle N. Onwu is the CEO and Founder of Express Connexion, a new firm that was created in 2023 and that provides several services. Ms. Onwu has been known as a Human Rights advocate not only in the African community in New York but also in other communities. Although Express Connexion is not practically focus on Human rights, Ms. Onwu said she is still a Human Rights advocate at heart. Let’s meet Ms. Onwu and her organization. African Journal (A J):  Please introduce yourself to our readers who do not know you. Christelle N. Onwu (C N O): My name is Christelle N. Onwu, CEO and Founder of Express Connexion. I have been recognized by City & State's NYC 40 Under 40 Rising Star class of 2021, The Assembly of the State of New York, and the New York City Council. Christelle is a 2021 Council on Urban Professional fellow, Coro... Read more

US to seize luxury NYC apartment allegedly bought with stolen funds from Congo

The United States wants to confiscate a luxury apartment in Manhattan, allegedly purchased with funds embezzled from the government of the Republic of Congo for the daughter of the country's longtime President, Denis Sassou Nguesso. This was revealed in a court paper made public in New York Monday. According to federal prosecutors, the apartment, situated on the 32nd floor of the Trump International Hotel and Tower near Central Park's southwest corner, was acquired in 2014 for $7.1 million, and it has been linked to "an international conspiracy to launder funds" stolen from the Congo government, Bloomberg reported. US prosecutors have outlined in court papers a complicated network involving banks, individuals, and shell companies allegedly used to launder hundreds of millions of dollars from the African country. The government stated that the apartment has likely remained unoccupied since its acquisition a decade ago According to the forfeiture complaint filed by the US, the two-bedroom, 2... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS LAUNCHES FIVE-BOROUGH MULTIFAITH TOUR, BRINGING TOGETHER MULTIDENOMINATIONAL LEADERS TO DISCUSS ISSUES FACING THEIR COMMUNITIES

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the city’s first “Five-Borough Multifaith Tour,” a series of conversations with clergy and faith leaders from across New York City to hear directly from them and discuss solutions to the serious issues facing their communities. The tour will begin today with a meeting of approximately 100 faith leaders from across Staten Island and continue with meetings in each borough over the coming weeks. This is the second series of multidenominational meetings convened by the Adams administration and builds on the city’s work to engage with and meet the needs of all faith communities. “No matter the issue, New York City’s faith community is there for New Yorkers in need, working tirelessly to keep people fed, safe, and healthy, both mentally and physically,” said Mayor Adams. “Faith leaders are on the frontlines of countless issues and our administration is committed to supporting them however... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, NYPD COMMISSIONER CABAN TO PILOT NEW TECHNOLOGY, ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL CLINICIANS TO BE DEPLOYED IN SUBWAYS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Edward A. Caban today announced efforts being taken to make the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) subway system safer by investing in new technology to detect firearms, as well as invest in more clinicians that will help those suffering from severe mental illness in the nation’s largest subway system. The city is exploring, and will soon begin piloting, emerging technologies designed to detect weapons carried by travelers into the transit system. In accordance with the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act, the NYPD also published online its Impact and Use Policy for electromagnetic weapons detection systems, starting a mandatory 90-day waiting period before new technology can be tested and used in New York City. Additionally, Mayor Adams announced that the city will begin hiring clinicians to support the expansion of the Subway Co-Response Outreach Teams (SCOUT),... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Yes to Housing in God’s Backyard

When we came into office, we had a clear mission: protect public safety, rebuild our economy as quickly as possible, and make our city more livable for everyday New Yorkers. The key to livability is affordable housing. It is the bedrock on which New Yorkers can build a family, build a life, or simply continue to live in the city they love. But there is currently not enough affordable housing to meet our city’s needs. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s 2023 Housing and Vacancy Survey showed that our city has a vacancy rate of 1.4 percent, the lowest this measurement has been since 1968. The only way to create more rental availability and lower prices is to build more housing.  To build more affordable housing, we must think creatively and bring every partner to the table. No partner has been more willing to answer the call than... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Giving a Raise for New York City’s Human Services Workers

When I was a child, my family lived on the edge of homelessness. My five siblings and I would go to school with black trash bags full of our clothes in case we were evicted from our apartment. I am mayor of the City of New York today because human services workers were there to support my family when we needed it most. Standing up for these workers as their mayor is not just a professional concern for me; it is personal, too. But it wasn’t just my family. Human services workers were there for all of us during the pandemic. When so many were in isolation, they were endangering their health as they worked with New Yorkers in need. Today, they are helping our neighbors get mental health care, connecting our homeless brothers and sisters with housing, running community centers across the five boroughs, caring for asylum seekers, and... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS DEMANDS WATER BILL DODGERS TO PAY DEBT OR RISK LOSING WATER ACCESS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala today announced that the city has initiated the next phase of its expanded collection enforcement actions against approximately 2,400 chronically-delinquent water service accounts that owe the city a total of $102 million. As part of the effort, DEP will send out ‘Water Shutoff Notices’ to these customers, informing them that water service to their property could be shut off unless the entire owed amount is paid or they enter into a payment agreement within the next 15 days. This enforcement action is targeted towards commercial properties, including hotels, office buildings, and retail spaces, as well as one-to-three family homes that have not responded to any of DEP’s extensive outreach efforts over the past year. Earlier this year, DEP sent out ‘Water Shutoff Warning’ letters, which resulted in the agency recouping more than... Read more

Guinean Community of America: The IEC sets the date for elections for the renewal of the members of the organization

The Guinean Community of America (GUICA) is actively preparing for the renewal of the members of the organization, whose term is coming to an end.  The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) under the chairmanship of Mory Kouyate held its first meeting on March 6, 2024, in order to decide on a timetable for the holding of these elections. Here are some important dates: The census begins on April 1, 2024, and ends on April 30, 2024. The deadline for the submission of candidacies and the electoral deposit are set for May 2, 2024. The election date is set for June 2, 2024. Debates are scheduled for May 12, 2024, May 19, 2024, and May 26, 2024. In case there is a second round, the date will be two weeks after the announcement of the results on June 16, 2024. The President of the Independent Electoral Commission Mory Kouyate thanked the Guinean... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS CELEBRATES NEW ALL-TIME HIGH TOTAL JOBS RECORD, ANNOUNCES $85 MILLION DELIVERED TO SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH GROUNDBREAKING OPPORTUNITY FUND

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Kevin D. Kim today celebrated that New York City has set another all-time high for the total number of jobs ever in the city’s history, with 4,730,066 total jobs, according to new data released by the New York State Department of Labor. As part of his administration’s celebration of the city’s economic resurgence and efforts to build more equitable opportunities, Mayor Adams also announced progress on his historic “NYC Small Business Opportunity Fund.” Through the fund, SBS and partners have supported 1,046 businesses with loans totaling more than $85 million in affordable low-interest capital. The fund is the city’s largest-ever public-private partnership fund directed at small businesses. “When we came into office, we had a clear mission: protect public safety, revitalize our economy as quickly as possible, and make our city more livable... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Building a City of Opportunity

As I often say, we live in a city of 8.3 million people — and 35 million opinions. But one thing all New Yorkers can agree on is that people come to our city to make it.  They come here to work, build lives, and fulfill the American Dream. And the Adams administration is committed to creating the conditions for that dream to flourish. This means doing everything we can to protect public safety, rebuild our economy, and make all five boroughs more livable for all New Yorkers.  As part of our ongoing efforts, we have developed “City of Yes for Economic Opportunity” — a set of 18 zoning changes that will help businesses find space and grow, support entrepreneurs and freelancers, boost growing industries, and make our streetscapes more vibrant. For far too long, outdated regulations have made it difficult for small businesses in our city to flourish. These regulations,... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Building a legal, equitable cannabis industry that works for us all

When we came to office two years ago, we had a clear vision: protect public safety, revitalize the economy, and make this city more livable for hardworking New Yorkers. And building a legal, equitable cannabis industry is part of every part of that vision. Legal cannabis remains the right choice for New York City. This budding, emerging industry offers a once-in-a-generation chance for those disproportionately impacted by the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ to build wealth, especially in our Black and Brown communities. For too long, these communities faced high rates of drug-related incarceration and were denied economic opportunities. But thanks to the equitable, legal cannabis industry, they have a chance to get in on the industry from the ground up. We know, however, that it’s not enough to just support the opening of new legal cannabis shops — we must have Albany grant local authorities the power to close down the illegal operators... Read more

Mohammed Mardah is running again as assemblyman for the 77th assembly district in the Bronx, and The African Journal has endorsed him: Mr. Mardha is speaking openly

             After he lost the race to be the assemblyman for the 77th assembly district in the Bronx, Mohammed Mardah is running again in June 2024 for the same seat. The African Journal is endorsing Mr. Mardha. In the interview we have with him, he explains the reason why he is running and speaks a little bit about his vision for the African community. In a commentary we also explain why we endorse Mr. Mardha. Let's find out. The African Journal: After assemblywoman Latoya Joyner announced in January 2024 her resignation as assemblywoman for the 77th assembly district in the Bronx, you have decided to run as assemblyman in the election for the newly opened 77th Assembly District. This is great news for the African community. Many people know you in the African community in New York in general, and in the Bronx in particular. Please introduce yourself to those... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Making it Easier for Working-Class New Yorkers to File Their Taxes and Put Money Back Into Their Pockets

New York City was built on the backs of working-class New Yorkers; people like my mother, Dorothy Mae Adams, a single mother who worked multiple jobs to support my five siblings and myself. She sacrificed everything for us, and I know that there are thousands of New Yorkers doing the same today in our city for their families. Those are the people we have been fighting for since day one of this administration. We’ve been clear that our mission has been to deliver those working-class New Yorkers a city that protects public safety, revitalizes the economy, and is more livable. We’ve made our city safer, created 270,000 private-sector jobs, set a first-of-its-kind minimum wage for deliveristas, and worked with our brothers and sisters in labor to get them the pay and benefits they deserve. We have broken affordable housing records — financing the most affordable homes in city history and connecting more... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Social Media and Youth Mental Health

New York City has always been a hub for technology and innovation. And while technology has helped create jobs, opportunities, and prosperity, it has also the potential to cause new dangers, especially when it comes to social media and the mental health of our children.  Our administration came into office two years ago with a mission to protect public safety, and protecting our young people’s mental health is very much a part of that agenda. That is why, last week — along with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City Health + Hospitals, and the New York City Department of Education — we filed a lawsuit against the companies that own and operate five social media companies in an effort to hold these companies accountable for role they have played in fueling a mental health crisis among our young people. Our most recent data found... Read more

M23: Four things you should know about the rebel group’s campaign in Rwanda-DRC conflict

Fighting between the Democratic Republic of Congo’s national army and the rebel group M23 has displaced thousands of people in the eastern border city of Goma. Formed 10 years ago, the Rwanda-backed Mouvement du 23 Mars (M23) soon made its first mark when it briefly occupied Goma, a city of 1 million today. An African-led effort resulted in a ceasefire and M23’s demobilisation – until the resumption of hostilities in 2021. Delphin Ntanyoma sets out the four things you should know about the rebel insurgency, which threatens regional stability. 1. What is the background to M23’s insurgency in eastern DRC? The current force is what’s left of the original M23 Movement formed in April 2012. M23 was an offspring of the National Congress for the Defence of the People, better known by its French acronym CNDP, a rebel group which fought the DRC government between 2006 and 2009. Both groups draw on a claim that the Congolese Tutsi and other ethnic communities... Read more

Community Op-Ed: What We Need From Albany

New York City is all about what is possible. It’s a place where you can start a business, raise a family, and make a difference. Our administration came into office with the aim of keeping that American Dream alive by protecting public safety, rebuilding our economy, and making our city more livable for everyday New Yorkers. I went to our state capital last week with the goal of furthering that vision. We laid out an agenda to advance working-class families by extending mayoral accountability of our public schools for four years, granting the city the authority to shut down illegal smoke shops, and creating more affordable housing. Finally, we outlined the city’s fiscal challenges, including state funding for asylum seekers and increasing New York City’s debt limit. New York City public schools are leading the way in New York state and across the nation because of mayoral accountability. Thanks to mayoral... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS ANNOUNCES LAWSUIT AGAINST SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANIES FUELING NATIONWIDE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Corporation Counsel Sylvia O. Hinds Radix, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan, NYC Health + Hospitals (NYC H+H) President Dr. Michell Katz, and New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks today announced the filing of a lawsuit to hold five social media platforms — TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and YouTube — accountable for fueling the nationwide youth mental health crisis. The city is joining hundreds of school districts from across the country in filing litigation seeking to force tech giants to change their behavior and to recover the costs of addressing this public health threat. The city spends more than $100 million on youth mental health programs and services each year. To help address this ongoing crisis and the harm caused by these platforms, Mayor Adams also today released a social media... Read more

AT ANNUAL INTERFAITH BREAKFAST, MAYOR ADAMS, FAITH LEADERS LAUNCH CITYWIDE CLERGY COLLECTIVE TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Eric Adams and a coalition of multifaith leaders from across the city today launched the Citywide Clergy Collective, a group of 272 faith leaders committed to preventing gun violence in New York City, at the administration’s annual interfaith breakfast. Using a $1.5 million grant from the New York State Department of Criminal Justice, Citywide Clergy Collective members will deliver resources, direct services, and community-building programs to all New Yorkers in all five boroughs as they respond to the needs and traumas that gun violence creates. The programs and services will be run by local faith leaders across the city, with assistance from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Office of Neighborhood Safety, Office of Faith-Based and Community Partnerships, and New York City Police Department (NYPD).   “Public safety is the prerequisite to prosperity, and it takes all of us to deliver a safe city,” said Mayor Adams. “That’s why we are bringing together a multidenominational coalition of hundreds... Read more

Community Op-Ed: The State of Our City: You Can Make It Here

Last week, in the Bronx, the borough where hip hop was born, I reported to New Yorkers on the state of our city. When our administration came into office 24 months ago, we had a clear mission: protect public safety, rebuild our economy, and make this city more livable for New Yorkers. Two years in, we are seeing real results. Crime is down, jobs are up, and every day we are delivering for the hard-working people of New York. We took 14,000 illegal guns off our streets and drove down shootings and homicides by double digits, while getting millions of people back on our subways. We created 270,000 private-sector jobs and set a first-of-its-kind minimum wage for deliveristas, as we worked with our brothers and sisters in labor to get them the pay and the benefits they deserve. We unlocked billions of dollars for public housing through the NYCHA Preservation... Read more

“They Devour” an African movie that tells Africans ‘stories from Gambia

The   premiere of a new movie “They Devour,” took place on January 21, 2024, at Regal Cinema Theater in Manhattan. They were several moviegoers who converged to Regal Cinema Theater that Sunday evening to delight “They Devour,” a movie that tells a story, an African migrant ‘story. A mother at age 15 decided to leave her lovely African country ( Gambia ) to experience a new life in another country where nobody know here. The story takes place in New York where the mother starts her new life. She meets people in various places by day and by night:  restaurants, stores, streets, etc.  And every place tells its own story that becomes her story. We can see her falling in love for example with a man in a restaurant. Sometimes her relationship with some other people turns to a fight as she squeezed a collar of a young man. [caption... Read more

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: NEW YORK LEADERS CONTINUE TO VOICE OPPOSITION TO CITY COUNCIL BILL THAT COULD MAKE NYC STREETS LESS SAFE

Following today’s veto on City Council bill Intro. 586-A — which could make New York City less safe by forcing New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers to spend more time filling out reports after Level 1 interactions with the public instead of patrolling the street and keeping the public safe — faith leaders, community advocates, business organizations, district attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and everyday New Yorkers voiced their opposition to the bill. Here is what New York leaders are saying: “The city’s employers want to see faster police response and greater availability to deal with criminal and quality of life issues,” said Kathy Wylde, president and CEO, Partnership for New York City. “As written, this legislation does the opposite. It should be amended to eliminate onerous reporting requirements for police encounters on non-criminal matters.” “The City Council’s objective to increase transparency in policing and ensure we never return to the days of mass... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS ANNOUNCES RECORD NUMBER OF AFFORDABLE HOMES CREATED IN 2023, MAKES URGENT CASE FOR ALBANY ACTION AS PRIVATE CONSTRUCTION SLOWS

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that his administration has once again broken records for producing much-needed affordable housing amid a severe housing shortage in the five boroughs. As private construction activity slows following the expiration of a critical affordable housing creation tool, Mayor Adams reiterated an urgent call for state lawmakers in Albany to partner with New York Governor Kathy Hochul and provide the city with critical tools — including a new affordable housing tax incentive, a pathway to make basement and cellar apartments safe and legal, a tax incentive to turn empty office buildings into affordable homes, and the lifting of a cap on density for new construction — to create the new housing New Yorkers need.    “When we came into office two years ago, we had a mission: protect public safety, revitalize the economy, and make this city more livable for hardworking New Yorkers, and making... Read more

Community Op-Ed—Honoring Dr. King’s Legacy by Fighting for Fair Housing

This week, we celebrate the life of one of our greatest American leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is a moment to honor his accomplishments, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect on what he fought for and to carry his legacy forward. We must find new strength to continue his work by breaking down barriers and building true equality — here in New York City, and all across this nation. That means fighting for fair housing and building a city where working people can afford to stay and thrive. This is one of the major issues that Dr. King fought for during his lifetime and it remains urgent in 2024.  Many forget that Dr. King called out discriminatory practices by landlords and realtors who were keeping Black Americans out of certain neighborhoods. He also advocated for the Fair Housing Act to make those discriminatory practices illegal. This landmark legislation was finally passed... Read more

Nigeria: Africa’s biggest oil refinery begins production in Nigeria with the aim of reducing need for imports

Africa's biggest oil refinery has begun production in Nigeria, the company has said, ending a yearslong wait for a plant that analysts said Monday could boost refining capacity in a region heavily reliant on imported petroleum products. The $19 billion facility, which can produce 650,000 barrels per day, has started to produce diesel and aviation fuel, the Dangote Petroleum Refinery company reported Saturday. As Nigeria's first privately owned oil refinery, the project "is a game-changer for our country," it added. Nigeria is one of Africa's top oil producers but imports refined petroleum products for its use. The nation's oil and natural gas sector has struggled for many years, and most of its state-run refineries operate far below capacity because of poor maintenance. The Dangote refinery is "not a silver bullet" for Nigeria's energy crisis, according to Olufola Wusu, an oil and gas expert who was part of a team that... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS RESTORES FUNDING TO KEEP CITY STREETS AND PARKS CLEAN, FIGHT RATS 

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that thanks to measures the city has implemented to responsibly manage the city’s budget and strategically navigate significant fiscal challenges, funding will be restored to maintain 23,000 New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) litter baskets and allow DSNY to continue installing its Litter Basket of the Future — one of TIME Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2023. Additionally, Mayor Adams announced that funding will be permanently restored for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) and New York City Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Parks Opportunity Program (POP), which gives thousands of low-income New Yorkers six-month paid opportunities and training programs each year. POP workers help maintain and operate New York City parks and facilities, and the training they receive through the program prepares them for full-time NYC Parks job opportunities. The funding restorations build on successful efforts by the Adams... Read more

Community Op-Ed—The Safest Big City in America

Since day one, our administration has been clear about our vision for the five boroughs — creating a city that is safer, more economically viable, and more livable for the 8.3 million hardworking New Yorkers who call the greatest city in the world home. I always say that “public safety is the prerequisite to prosperity.” That’s why, since coming into office 24 months ago, we’ve been dedicated to making sure New Yorkers are safer and feel safer. Two years later, the results are in. Crime has gone down across the city and jobs have gone up. We have recovered all of the nearly 1 million private-sector jobs we lost during the pandemic, and New York remains the economic engine of this nation. When we came into office in January 2022, the city was emerging from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and, in just one week, an 11-month-old baby... Read more

This Is How Algeria Sponsors Terrorism In Mali

The Algerian “Salafi Group for Preaching and Combat” in the northern region of Mali dates back to 2003 before it transformed in 2007 into the “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb” This presence has been linked to Mukhtar bin Muhammad al-Mukhtar (an Algerian-born in 1972. He disappeared since 2013), known by his nom de guerre Khaled Abu al-Abbas, and dubbed by the Algerian press as “Al Aawar prince of the desert” or “Malboro,” a nickname he acquired as a major smuggler of cigarettes. 2003 was also marked by the kidnapping of 32 foreign tourists in the desert of Algeria by the Algerian Amari Saifi, nicknamed “Abdul-Razzaq Al-Bara,” who crossed the border towards northern Mali before their ordeal ended with their governments paying huge financial ransoms in exchange for his release. In addition to implanting Al-Qaeda, led by Mukhtar bin Muhammad al-Mukhtar in northern Mali, this operation constituted the start of the ransom method as... Read more

Ethnic and community media roundtable with New York city mayor Eric Adams who is proud of what he has done so far.

The Mayor of the City of New York Eric Adams has held on December 22, 2023, a year – end ethnic and community media roundtable to discuss topics that related to the community. As 2023 is about to eclipse and 2024’ sun is about to rise soon on the horizon, Mayor Eric Adams has found necessary to have a face-to-face meeting with reporters and journalists from community - based outlets. Immigration crisis, education, budget cut, public safety …, are some topics that were discussed. Since April 2023 New York City has started getting more and more immigrants from all over the world. “We had 150,000, 1.5 the size of Albany. A new city moved into our city,” said Mayor Adams who has been complaining that Biden’s administration and the congress are not doing enough to support New York City. However, according to the mayor “57 percent we were able to... Read more

ELIGIBILITY EXPANSION TO HELP MORE NEW YORKERS ELIGIBLE FOR FAIR FARES TRANSIT DISCOUNT

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, and New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) Commissioner Molly Wasow Park today announced a substantial investment and an expansion of eligibility to the Fair Fares transit discount to help make the program more accessible to more New Yorkers. The Fair Fares program gives eligible New Yorkers with low incomes a 50 percent discount on buses and trains.    “New York City has recovered all of the nearly 1 million jobs lost during the pandemic, and public transit is a key component of building on that momentum and ensuring that our recovery continues to be inclusive for working families,” said Mayor Adams. “The $20 million we are investing — in partnership with the City Council — coupled with the program expansion will ensure even more New Yorkers can keep more money in their pockets while making the Fair Fares program — and our city’s... Read more

Community Op-Ed: NYCHA Residents Make History

Access to safe and affordable housing is one of the keys to prosperity. I understand that just as much as anyone else. As a child, I grew up on the edge of homelessness. There were days when I had to take a trash bag full of clothes to school because we didn’t know where we would sleep the next night. No child should have to feel the angst or worry my siblings and I felt when we were younger. You cannot plan for the future if you are worried about the present, and that’s why our administration has acted urgently to tackle the housing crisis across our city, especially for New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. One in 17 New Yorkers live in NYCHA, our city’s public housing system. It is a critical piece of our city’s infrastructure, and we cannot solve our housing shortage without also fixing the... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Staying Safe for the Holidays

The upcoming holiday season is a festive time of year. It’s getting colder, so we try to stay warm, we invite friends and family over, cook more, light candles, maybe burn a fire in the fireplace or use space heaters, buy Christmas trees and string them up with lights, and fill our homes with other decorations. That is why the winter season is also unfortunately known as the fire season, and more than one-third of all home fires occur between December, January, and February. Early during our administration, in January 2022, 17 people were killed and many more were injured in a tragic fire at the Twin Parks apartment building in the Bronx. The fire was caused by a defective space heater and self-closing doors that didn’t work properly. That loss and devastation remains with us, which is why we are asking all New Yorkers to work together and take... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Saying “Yes” to New Zoning, New Businesses, and New Opportunities

Last month, New York City hit an economic milestone, with more total jobs than ever before in our city’s history. Our administration is proud of the work we have done to ensure our economy has made a full recovery — and we are determined to keep working to create jobs and opportunity for all New Yorkers. Our “City of Yes for Economic Opportunity” proposal is one of the many ways we are aiming to create new pathways to prosperity. We are seeing transformative changes in how we live and work, and our city’s rules and regulations must adapt to these new realities — especially when it comes to antiquated zoning laws from decades ago. Rules that made sense in the days of the rotary telephone are getting in the way of doing business in the age of the smartphone. We recently kicked off the public review process for this ambitious... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Helping New Yorkers live longer

When we came into office, we promised that we would ensure that our prosperity would be felt across the five boroughs. And the health of our people is key to that prosperity. But despite coming out of a once-in-a-century pandemic, life expectancy in this city has not fully recovered. Between 2019 and 2020, overall life expectancy in New York City fell to 78 years. So, it is time we gave New Yorkers some extra life. That is why we recently launched HealthyNYC, our ambitious plan to extend and improve the lifespan of all New Yorkers to 83 years by 2030. HealthyNYC sets clear goals to reduce the greatest drivers of premature death, including chronic and diet-related diseases, overdose, suicide, maternal mortality, violence, and COVID-19. Pill boxes, injections, and doctor's appointments should not define the lives of New Yorkers — we can and we must invest in helping all New Yorkers... Read more

The Mayor Eric Adams press conference addressed subjects related to his phones ‘ seizure by the FBI, the war in Israel, the education…

The Mayor of New York Eric Adams has held on November 11, 2023, a press conference to speak about  “ many things” he and his team are facing right now in the city. The war between Israel and Hamas, the suspension of Amtrak train, the education, and the FBI agents ‘ raid on the home of the New York City mayor’s chief fundraiser , 25 -  year – old Brianna Suggs as well, are subjects that were discussed. “ Something that’s really impacted me now is what’s happening on our streets every day. The incident that played out in Israel has really impacted this city. This is an international city and things that happen across the globe, they play out in the City of New York, even during the war in Ukraine,” said mayor Eric Adams as he talked about Israel war against Hamas. “ Since October 7th terrorist attacks,... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS LEADS JEWISH, MUSLIM, AND CHRISTIAN FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS IN DISCUSSION TO TACKLE HATE ACROSS FIVE BOROUGHS

New York City Mayor Eric Adams yesterday convened a meeting with Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith and community leaders in the wake of a recent spike in hate crimes across both the Jewish and Muslim communities since October 7, 2023 — when Hamas launched a terrorist attack on Israeli civilians. In the five weeks since the attacks, tensions have risen across NewYork City and the rest of the globe, unfortunately leading to a rise in hate crimes in certain communities. Mayor Adams brought these leaders together yesterday to discuss how to fight hate within the five boroughs and how New Yorkers can work together to create a safer, more accepting New York. “There is no place for hate in our city and we need all of our houses of worship to come together in this moment and talk about how we bring light into the darkness that we are all... Read more

BurkinaBe In Action Inc., “ My passion is to bring community together,” said Chairwoman Alizeta Diallo

BurkinaBe In Action, Inc. in partnership with Association des Burkinabe de New Jersey,   has brought together in October 29,2023 in New Jersey community groups and panelists from different agencies such as immigration, and labor department. The event called “cultural bridges: navigating legal /immigration services together ,” was an opportunity to discuss issues related to immigration, jobs, and family with several attorneys. [caption id="attachment_7696" align="alignleft" width="300"] Alizeta Diallo chairwoman of BurkinaBe In Action[/caption] “My passion is to be able to bring people together and to offer programs to community,” said Alizeta Diallo the founder and the chairwoman of “BurkinaBe In Action, Inc.” a nonprofit organization. Six attorneys were available to talk about themes such as family  and humanitarian immigration, child and delinquency cases, labor and unions. The audience has a chance to ask questions, and to discuss in private with attorneys. Dean Dafis the Maplewood mayor has welcomed the event and... Read more

Community Op-Ed: New Yorkers are Spreading the Love. Here’s how you can get involved

We all love New York City. And this year, New Yorkers have been showing their love by lending a helping hand as part of our Spread Love campaign. Since March, nearly 30,000 New Yorkers have given more than 235,000 hours of their time to help out our neighbors in need. Thanks in no small part to the sacrifices of volunteers, our city is back better than ever. Jobs are at an all-time high and crime is down. We overcame the darkest days of the pandemic because of the selfless work of everyday volunteers. But so many of our neighbors — especially young people, families, and older adults — still need our help. Imagine what would happen if every New Yorker committed just one hour a week to an act of service. The result would be transformative.  There are so many opportunities to get involved. It can be as simple as... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Investing in clean, green public space for all New Yorkers

 So much of New York City’s history was about changing the natural environment – cutting it down, clearing it out, paving it over. But going forward, we know that the future is about working with nature, building a greener, cleaner, safer city for all. From parks and playgrounds to streets, sidewalks, bike lanes and even beaches, our Administration is committed to investing in the quality and cleanliness of our public spaces all across the five boroughs. This past week, we announced two major initiatives that will transform what it feels like be outside in New York City: A historic expansion of our greenway network, and an ambitious citywide trash containerization effort that will revolutionize the way we keep our streets clean. For far too long, New Yorkers in the outer boroughs have not had the same level of access to bike lanes and greenways that people in Manhattan have, and... Read more

New York : Second Annual Consulate Cup, Nigeria Versus Mexico ( 6 – 1)

New York City Football Clubs has hosted on Sunday October 15, 2023, at Sunset Park in Brooklyn the second annual consulate cup. Eighteen ( 18) teams from  New York City’s diplomatic community  have come together for the kickoff. Yeah! 18 teams competed during a one-day tournament. Each team consists of 5 players with a minimum of  1 female and a maximum of 4 males on the field. And each team has played 5 games as each game lasted 12 minutes. Each team has come with a conviction and determination to win. However, it will be one winner. [caption id="attachment_7666" align="alignleft" width="300"] Paul Jeffries Executive Director New York City Football Clubs[/caption] After many games Nigeria, Peru, Mexico,  Switzerland, El Salvador, and Turkey eliminated  their adversaries and found themselves in quarterfinal. Switzerland beat Turkey after shootouts and Nigeria won 6 – 1 against El Salvador. In Semifinal Mexico beat Peru and Nigeria... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, GOVERNOR HOCHUL, CHAN ZUCKERBURG INITIATIVE ANNOUNCE NEARLY $300 MILLION FOR NEW BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH HUB IN NEW YORK CITY

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, and the Chan Zuckerburg Initiative (CZI) today announced plans for the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub New York (CZ Biohub NY), a new biomedical research hub in New York City that will leverage a nearly $300 million public-private investment to drive collaboration between leading research institutions and solve significant scientific challenges. CZ Biohub NY will bring together experts from Columbia University, The Rockefeller University, and Yale University to focus on early disease prevention, detection, and treatment — particularly for ovarian and pancreatic cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as aging and autoimmunity — and further propel New York City’s thriving life sciences sector as a major job creator and economic engine in New York City.  The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will invest $250 million into the new hub. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and Empire State Development (ESD) will... Read more

Passage of “Green Rides”: TLC will accept new license applications for electric vehicles (EVs).

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Commissioner David Do today celebrated the passage of the “Green Rides” rule, requiring the city’s rideshare fleet to be either zero-emission or wheelchair accessible by 2030, following a unanimous vote by the TLC. Announced in January 2023 as part of Mayor Adams’ “Working People’s Agenda,” the Green Rides program makes New York City the first U.S. city to commit to transitioning all for-hire vehicle rides to be either zero-emission or wheelchair accessible — without imposing any new costs on drivers. To help make this transition possible, beginning tomorrow morning, the TLC will accept new license applications for electric vehicles (EVs).  “With the passage of this historic rule and the immediate release of electric vehicle licenses, we are delivering on a promise made to New Yorkers earlier this year and hitting the road towards a more... Read more

Community Op-Ed: Keeping Our Communities Safe From Fentanyl

Public safety is our administration’s top priority, and keeping New Yorkers safe from the growing threat of fentanyl is a core part of that mission. All of us have heard about the danger fentanyl poses to our children and our communities. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is approximately 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It is inexpensive, widely available, highly addictive, and extremely dangerous. Drug traffickers are increasingly mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs to drive addiction and create repeat business. Over 3,000 people fatally overdosed in New York City in 2022, with fentanyl detected in 81 percent of drug overdose deaths. The tragic death of Nicholas Dominici, the toddler who died after being exposed to fentanyl at a daycare center, was a shocking and heartbreaking reminder that we must take immediate action to get this crisis under control. Last week, we... Read more

4th annual African Heritage Month of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. : Promoting African community and honor our people is the leitmotif

The 4th annual African Heritage Month of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. was held on September 30th, 2023, in Harlem. The African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. has been organized African Heritage Month for four consecutive years. Once again, the African community has come together to celebrate unity and fraternity. “ We can succeed when we remove ethnicity, religion, regionalism and see each other as just a brother or a sister,” said one recipient. According to Mory Kouyate chairman of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc.  the particularity of the 4th annual African Heritage Month of the African Immigrants’ Commission of NY & CT, inc. was that it was focused on promoting African textiles. Indeed, the 72 hours of African textiles was an opportunity for craftsmen  who came from Guinee, and  Burkina Faso, West Africa to exhibit handmade clothes, shoes, handbags,... Read more

Community Op-Ed: The Future of Housing in NYC

Our administration recently proposed the most ambitious pro-housing zoning changes in the history of New York City — changes that would rewrite the wrongs of the past and clear the way toward building the kinds of housing New York City so desperately needs. The 1961 Zoning Resolution drastically changed the way our city would build housing and office space for over six decades, restricting the kinds of housing that could be built in certain neighborhoods, and effectively deciding who was allowed to live where. We can never lose sight of the fact that many of those who pushed for the 1961 Zoning Code aimed to promote racial segregation. In addition to that injustice, the 1961 code prioritized highways and cars over housing and mass transit, and limited growth rather than encouraging it. These restrictive and increasingly complicated zoning rules are ultimately what got us to where we are today: a... Read more

NYC Health + Hospital’s Roundtable on lifestyle: “We help people learning how to put healthy food in their plate”

NYC Health + Hospitals and  Office of Ethnic and Community Media held on September 29, 2023, a roundtable to discuss a new  health program called lifestyle medicine program. Dr. Michelle McMacken and Dr. Itha Harewood have explained what the program is about and answered several questions related to the program. “Our program is designed to support and make lifestyle choices including exercises, healthy eating, healthy sleep, coping with stress,” Dr. Michelle McMacken executive director of nutrition and lifestyle medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals said. “ We help people learning how to put healthy food in their plate like fruits and vegetables, bean, etc.” The program was launched a month ago and will help prevent medical conditions like pre – diabetic, type 2 diabetic, obesity, high blood pressure, and heart diseases that impact the communities.  According to Dr. Itha, the program that was started in the Bronx will be launched... Read more

New York : Bassolma Bazié  face à la diaspora Burkinabè des USA après son discours au siège de l’ONU

Une délégation gouvernementale conduite par le ministre d’Etat et de la fonction publique, Bassolma Bazié, a rencontré la diaspora Burkinabè des Etats – Unis d’Amérique pour échanger  sur les sujets brûlants de l’heure. La délégation qui a pris part à la 78 e session ordinaire de l’Assemblée générale des Nations – Unies a profité donc de l’occasion pour discuter à bâtons rompus avec la communauté burkinabè des Etats – Unis d’Amérique qui est venue non seulement pour écouter la délégation gouvernementale mais aussi présenter leurs préoccupations. Noraogo Jean – Baptiste Gagré  le chargé  d’affaires de l’ambassade du Burkina Faso à  Washington DC, a  été le premier à  prendre la parole pour souhaiter la bienvenue à la délégation. A la communauté il leur dira tout simplement de passer des bons moments avec la délégation. Viendra le tour de Madame Olivia Ragnaghnewendé    Rouamba ministre des Affaires étrangères , de la coopération régionale... Read more

African Heritage Month at Gracie Mansion: African community wanted to stand and build together with the Mayor.

The New York City’s Mayor African Heritage Month took place on September 14,2023 at the Gracie Mansion. African communities from all over New York city have massively attended the event, which has been  dedicated to them for several years. An  event that celebrates, commemorates, and showcases African community. “This is our moment to reunite Africa and we must know each other,” said Mayor Eric Adams who knows well Africa .  “I went  all over the continent:  Ghana,  South Africa,  Senegal, Morocco, etc. and I know the power of Africa,” he added. The trip to Africa for the Mayor is a historic one as a black Mayor of a powerful state like New York. “ We came here as a slave and I go back to Africa as a Mayor of the powerful state of New York,” The Mayor pointed out.    The protocol  wanted the Mayor to avoid the crowd... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS, GOVERNOR HOCHUL, MTA LAUNCH “SUBWAY SURFING KILLS – RIDE INSIDE, STAY ALIVE” PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGN

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today unveiled “Subway Surfing Kills – Ride Inside, Stay Alive” — a new comprehensive, multi-channel public information campaign in partnership with the New York City Department of Education (DOE), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). The new campaign centers around, is designed for, and was created by New York City teenagers — putting the youth voice front and center in a peer-to-peer effort to deter this dangerous behavior among young people.  “Each subway surfing death takes tragically strips young New Yorkers of promising futures said Mayor Adams. “We cannot endure another tragedy on our trains. That’s why we are partnering with the MTA on an innovative campaign to raise awareness, and we have recruited true social media experts to help lead... Read more

MAYOR ADAMS ANNOUNCES NEW YORK CITY HAS CARED FOR MORE THAN 100,000 ASYLUM SEEKERS SINCE LAST SPRING

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the city has provided shelter and care for more than 101,200 asylum seekers that have arrived in the five boroughs since April 2022. “With more than 101,200 asylum seekers arriving in New York City and asking for shelter, our city has now provided shelter and care for more migrants since last year than there are people in Albany,” said Mayor Adams. “Our team of thousands of dedicated public servants are working around the clock in the absence of sufficient state and federal support and have pulled off miracles. They have stretched this city’s compassion and capacity beyond imagination, and it is thanks to their efforts that no asylum-seeking families with children have slept on our streets. But, quite honestly, while our compassion is limitless, our resources are not, and we’re out of miracles. We’re grateful for the help we’ve received to this... Read more

Bink International Charity has made donations to asylum seekers

In celebration of Juneteenth, Bink International Charity distributed care packages to Asylum Seekers in the Bronx. Each care package contains an American Towel, an 8 oz Colgate Toothpaste, a Toothbrush and a perfume. A total of eighty-eight (88) families were served. Bink International Charity also invited other organizations to help support these families. [caption id="attachment_7413" align="alignleft" width="225"] Bintou Kone[/caption] Metroplus Health, a longtime partner of Bink International Charity was also present to provide health insurance and goodies to the people. The Yerman Attorneys Law provided free legal consultation to them and last but not least, the Burkinabe In Action organization made a monitory contribution which was used to provide pizza and drink to the families. The event took place in a hotel used as a shelter in the Bronx. This event was meant to welcome these asylum seekers in America. Recently, there is a huge influx of asylum seekers and... Read more

AFRICA LIFE CENTER ( ALC) RELEASES THE 2022 VOTER EDUCATIONAL AND MOBILIZATION VIDEO OF THE CURRENT NYC BALLOT INITIATIVE.

Africa Life center ( ALC) releases the 2022 Voter Educational and Mobilization Video of the current NYC Ballot Initiative. We urge all members of the African Community to flip your ballot on Election Day and vote for the 3 ballot questions aimed at increasing Racial Equity in NYC: 1) Add a statement of values to the city’s charter. 2) Create a racial equity office, plan & commission 3) Measure the true coast of living. Learn more ….   [video width="780" height="552" mp4="https://theafricanjournalonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/racialjustice.mp4"][/video] Read more

Sankara’s Orphans — award-winning documentary — comes to Harlem May 21

Sankara's Orphans, an award-winning documentary by Geraldine Berger, will be featured Saturday, May 21, at the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem. The screening is sponsored by the 29th New York African Film Festival in conjunction with The Africa Center of New York. The film tells the story of 600 youth from Burkina Faso in West Africa who went to study in Cuba in 1986 during the 1983-87 Burkina Faso Revolution led by Thomas Sankara. The Cuban government, headed by Fidel Castro, offered them an education to learn a profession or trade and then return to help develop their country, one of the poorest in the world. The documentary describes who was chosen to study in Cuba and why. It shows how the Cuban people worked with the Burkinabè youth, the relationship between the two countries and revolutions, and between Castro and Sankara. Viewers get a chance to see Thomas Sankara, a... Read more

Mayor’s office of Immigrant Affairs is  celebrating Immigrant Heritage Week ( IHW) in the midst of covid – 19

Today, as we kick off our annual Immigrant Heritage Week (IHW), we are proud to join in recognizing our city’s essential workers as the super heroes they have always been. Among the one million essential workers who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic—delivery workers, EMS staff, drivers, health care personnel, and more—half are immigrants.  In this spirit, this year’s IHW—running through April 19 and featuring virtual opportunities—is dedicated to those 500,000 immigrant New Yorkers who are keeping city running every day. At the center of our new IHW multimedia content is the IHW 2020 logo created by Brooklyn-based, immigrant artist Feifei Ruan. This logo represents our solidarity during these unprecedented times and heartfelt gratitude.  We invite you to join us in thanking our essential immigrant workers, celebrating New York City’s legacy as a city of immigrants, and engaging your communities by: 1  Using MOIA’s IHW 2020 Social Media Toolkit, which includes the IHW 2020 logo and sample... Read more

Trump’s Latest Immigration Plan Targets African Immigrants

The Trump administration is considering a new immigration measure to impose visa restrictions on countries whose citizens have a track record of overstaying beyond the validity of their short-term US visas, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. As part of the proposed measure being discussed by senior White House officials, visas could become harder to get for applicants from countries with high rates of overstaying visas and, when issued, the visa validity periods could also become shorter. In the long-term, such countries could also face outright bans. WSJ also reports that the White House is looking to tighten rules around student and investor visas. As it turns out, several African countries whose nationals have high rates of overstaying their visas, including Nigeria, Chad, Eritrea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, could be on the receiving end if the measure, which will likely be legally challenged, is seen through. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country,... Read more

Immigration: These 10 new rules make it much more difficult to become a legal immigrant in the U.S.

The U.S. immigration system has undergone numerous changes under the Trump administration, which have strengthened the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to enforce immigration law. As a result, the legal immigration process has become far more rigorous. Implementing these changes falls largely to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through a combination of rules, policy memorandums and operational changes.  “Our goal is to apply the nation’s immigration law effectively, efficiently, and lawfully,” the federal agency said recently as it shared a list of the 10 ways it works to improve the integrity of the system — thereby tightening the review of applications for immigration benefits. ENFORCE POLICY GUIDANCE ON DEPORTATIONS There’s a new Trump administration guidance that expands the list of reasons for which immigrants can be sent before immigration judges to start deportation procedures against them, after the issuance of summonses known as Notice to Appear, or NTAs. The change affects particularly legal... Read more

President Trump wants to end immigration benefits, and a judge says no

A federal judge’s ruling blocking a Trump administration order to end immigration benefits for nearly 300,000 foreign nationals is the latest in a series of judicial setbacks for the Trump administration's immigration policies. Federal District Judge Edward Chen late Wednesday blocked the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) order to end temporary protected status (TPS) that allows citizens of Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti and Nicaragua to live and work in the United States, raising hopes for activists who have fought to make the program permanent. The preliminary injunction granted by Chen, an appointee of former President Obama, follows a trend of court reversals that have slowed the administration's proposed overhaul of American immigration laws. The administration's first judicial setbacks on immigration came weeks into Trump's presidency, as a New York court stopped in January of 2017 the application of the first version of a travel ban that blocked immigrants and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries. After... Read more

Immigrants, fearing Trump crackdown, drop out of nutrition programs

Both documented and undocumented immigrants fear that accepting federal aid could make them ineligible for a green card if rules are changed. Immigrants are turning down government help to buy infant formula and healthy food for their young children because they’re afraid the Trump administration could bar them from getting a green card if they take federal aid. Local health providers say they’ve received panicked phone calls from both documented and undocumented immigrant families demanding to be dropped from the rolls of WIC, a federal nutrition program aimed at pregnant women and children, after news reports that the White House is potentially planning to deny legal status to immigrants who’ve used public benefits. Agencies in at least 18 states say they’ve seen drops of up to 20 percent in enrollment, and they attribute the change largely to fears about the immigration policy. The Trump administration hasn’t officially put the policy... Read more

Obama, like Trump, grappled with family immigration

By : Associated Press

The Trump administration isn't the first to grapple with the question of how to handle tens of thousands of immigrant families stopped along the U.S.-Mexico border. Four years ago, Barack Obama faced a similar crisis when record numbers of Central American immigrants fleeing violence began showing up at the border. Officials had to deal with the same court case the current administration began fighting Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump issued a new executive order to stop separating migrant families whose parents were arrested for illegally entering the country. More than 60,000 family "units" — which the U.S. government defines as a parent and child — were stopped along the border in the 2014 fiscal year, a fourfold increase from a year earlier. In the last fiscal year, that number exceeded 70,000. Initially, the Obama administration released mothers and children with notices to appear in immigration courts in the... Read more

American Dream “is a nameless destiny.”

By : Bazona Barnabé Bado

New York City’s West African immigrants have crossed borders and oceans with a dream etched in their minds. After landing in the United States of America, many of them have realized they may have to adjust their expectations. As few have achieved their dreams, many still gazes at the horizon with hope and courage as they survive hardships and overcome hurdles. They have to go for the “Promise Land” to fulfill a dream no matter what as that Cape Verdean (West Africa) song depicts it: “Here I am, in the middle of the ocean on my way to America. Going to a distant land is a man’s destiny. It is a nameless destiny that we must fulfill.” Sitting comfortably in a chair, seat belt entirely buckled, Imam Souleymane Konate opens his eyes after one hour of flying and sighs. He is optimistic that his dream to study communications in New... Read more