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22nd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

February 10, 2014No Comments
22nd Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

Los Angeles- All roads lead to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza and adjacent RAVE Theatres. This destination serves as the launch pad for a global journey through various countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Belgium, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, South Africa, and last but not least, the United States. This visual journey through cinema has global appeal that will open the minds of audiences, and transport them to lands far away and back home again… without enduring jetlag and without ever packing a suitcase. The festival travels from February 6-17, 2014.

U.S. Exports Reach $2.3 Trillion in 2013

February 10, 2014No Comments

Washington, D.C. – The United States has set another annual record for the fourth consecutive year by exporting $2.3 trillion in goods and services in 2013, according to data released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Commerce Department. The data also reveals that U.S. exports supported nearly 10 million American jobs in 2013. In December, the U.S. exported $191.3 billion of goods and services.

The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’: Hollywood Shuns Asians, While New Media Embraces Them

February 6, 2014No Comments
The ‘Bamboo Ceiling’: Hollywood Shuns Asians, While New Media Embraces Them

Cats and Asian Americans reign supreme on Youtube, but in Hollywood it’s another story: discrimination, stereotypes and exclusion are the norm for Asians, both on television and the silver screen. The most recent evidence of this came during the Golden Globe awards ceremony, where viewers were hard pressed to find an Asian face in the audience, let alone an Asian name among the nominees. The TV camera showed flashes of the marvelous Lucy Liu and comedian Ansari Aziz, as if trying to make sure that these two “cats” would somehow make up for the lack of Asian diversity. This year’s Oscar nominations offer another example. Not one name, with the exception of Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category, is an Asian name.

Beyond the Multi-Colored Panels

February 4, 20142 Comments
Beyond the Multi-Colored Panels

Zainab Farah stands along the side of the cream wall, opening the tasseled blinds one gentle tug at a time. Three of her children sit perched on the couch below the window, wide-eyed with slender, brown fingers pointing to the buildings they recognize from above. We stand 21 floors above ground level in one of the Riverside Plaza apartment complexes in Minneapolis.

India’s Ban on Gay Sex Could Be Boon for Asylum Seekers

January 31, 2014No Comments
India’s Ban on Gay Sex Could Be Boon for Asylum Seekers

On Jan. 28, the Indian Supreme Court upheld its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old colonial law prohibiting “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal.” The law was struck down in 2009 by a lower court in New Delhi, a decision that was cheered by Indian lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. But last month, on Dec. 11, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court overruled the lower court’s decision, saying that only Parliament could determine the matter. The announcement was met by massive protests calling for a review of the decision. Yesterday, however, the Court made it clear that the ruling would stand and no such review would take place.

Fear, Language and Money — San Jose Ethnic Media Tackle Barriers to Citizenship

January 29, 2014No Comments
Fear, Language and Money — San Jose Ethnic Media Tackle Barriers to Citizenship

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Adrian Avila plans to apply for citizenship for one major reason. “I’m doing it for my mother,” says Avila. Avila, a content producer at the bilingual magazine Silicon Valley De-Bug in San Jose, came to the United States with his mother when he was six years old. Now 29, he is one year younger than his mother was when she decided to leave everything behind in Mexico to build a better life for her son in the United States. Today, Avila wants to give something back to her: he plans to apply for citizenship so that he can petition for his mother to become a U.S. citizen.

House GOP Could Back Imm. Reform With Path to Legal Status

January 27, 2014No Comments
House GOP Could Back Imm. Reform With Path to Legal Status

Recent remarks by House Republican leaders indicate the GOP is preparing to move forward with immigration reform legislation that includes a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. In an interview with Telemundo’s “Enfoque” on Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said he sees “no reason” why the GOP-controlled House can’t reach an agreement on legislation to allow undocumented immigrants to legalize their status as long as Congress passes border security and interior enforcement measures.

2014 — The Best Year to Become a U.S. Citizen

January 23, 2014One Comment
2014 — The Best Year to Become a U.S. Citizen

If you are a legal permanent resident eligible for American citizenship, there is no better time than 2014 to resolve to become a citizen. As someone who has spent years working with Arab-American immigrants here in Detroit, my own resolution is to help as many of them as possible here in Detroit to take the necessary steps toward citizenship with the New Americans Campaign.

In Spanish: E-Verify and Form I-9 Webinar – Jan. 22nd

January 21, 2014No Comments

On January 22, at 1:00 PM EST, Spanish speaking employers can learn about E-Verify and the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification process in their native language!

USCIS Announces 63 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

January 17, 2014No Comments
USCIS Announces 63 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 63 eligible countries published January 17, 2014 in the Federal Register.

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