It’s Not About Planned Parenthood

It’s Not About Planned Parenthood

Attacks on abortion providers are nothing new. For decades, anti-choice extremists have used harassment, intimidation, misinformation, and even murder to terrorize abortion providers and try to prevent them from caring for their patients. This latest campaign of manipulative media and cyberattacks, coupled with calls to defund Planned Parenthood, is intended to scare, shame, and shut down health care providers that women and families rely on.

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2015 ARAB AMERICAN BOOK AWARDS HIGHLIGHT EXCEPTIONAL YEAR OF LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT

Dearborn, Mich. (Aug. 10, 2015) – In an unprecedented decision, judges for the 2015 Arab American Book Awards have selected multiple winners in the fiction category.

The two winners – Laila Lalami’s The Moor’s Account and Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman – represent not only the best in Arab American writing, but also have been widely lauded in mainstream literary circles. The novels were recognized earlier this year as finalists for the National Book Award (Alameddine) and the Pulitzer Prize (Lalami), among other distinguished awards.

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Filipina American Vies For CA State Assembly

Filipina American Vies For CA State Assembly

SAN FRANCISCO — When Mae Cendaña Torlakson arrived in the United States to be with her family, she left behind a promising life as a recording rock artist in her native Philippines. Now, she’s deep into California politics, and gunning for a seat in the State Assembly.

Last week, the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus announced its endorsement of Torlakson, describing her as an “impressive candidate” and a “respected community leader” with more than 15 years of experience working on education and environmental issues in the state.

It was 1988 and, as she landed her first job as a store manager of Duty Free at San Francisco International Airport, her biggest rock hit, “Hoy Lalake” (Hey Man) — considered by many as an early contribution to women’s liberation movement in the Philippines — was still riding the airwaves back home.

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Call for California Asians and Hispanics to Show United Front on Health4All

Call for California Asians and Hispanics to Show United Front on Health4All

SAN FRANCISCO — Even as health care advocates are celebrating California’s recent “landmark victory” in getting its undocumented children health care, Latino and Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities should show a united front and make sure that all of the state’s undocumented residents get the same benefit, urged Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens.

“The API and Latino communities have similar backgrounds and we both believe in giving back to community,” said Lara at an ethnic media briefing hosted by New America Media on July 21, 2015, with his “partner in crime” as he referred to Assemblymember Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, at his side. “We’re fighters. There’s something in our DNA that wants us to go forward.”

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Indian American Elders in U.S. Recreate Home From Florida to California

Indian American Elders in U.S. Recreate Home From Florida to California

TAVARES, Fla.–“I am domesticated, broken, tamed,” Arun Pancholi said. But as he speaks, his cheeks break into playful dimples. With a baseball hat stylishly cocked on his head, he looks like a mischievous middle-schooler. “I am on the inside,” he says with a twinkle in his eye, “I am done for.”

“Inside” is the Indian American retirement community of Shantiniketan in Tavares, Fla., where Pancholi has been living with his wife Usha for the last two years.

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The Latin Side of 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival

The Latin Side of the Central Avenue Jazz Festival

Los Angeles- Summer attire is appropriate for this time of year. The temperatures keep rising as the long days of summer continue. Attendees at the Central Avenue Jazz Festival felt like we were in the Caribbean.

This weekend, Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th, the most historic and hottest jazz festival was held in Los Angeles. The 20th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival was held on the streets, outside of the world famous Dunbar Hotel. Back in the day, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival was the premiere location of African American urban history and culture on the West Coast.

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Re-registration Deadline for Somalia TPS is July 31, 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015, is the deadline for current Somalia Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register for the 18-month extension of TPS that runs from Sept. 18, 2015, through March 17, 2017. The law requires USCIS to withdraw TPS for failure to re-register without good cause. Therefore, if you fail to re-register by this deadline, you may lose your TPS and your work authorization.

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URGENT: Some DACA Recipients Who Received Three-Year Work Permits Must Return Them Immediately

DACA recipients should be advised the three-year work permit recall only applies to SOME individuals who received a card after the February 16, 2015, court order. If you received a letter or were contacted directly by USCIS regarding the recall of certain three-year work permits, you must IMMEDIATELY return your three-year work permit, also called an Employment Authorization Document, to your local USCIS office.

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BOSTON: Rents Put Squeeze on Black, Chinese Elders

Bay State Banner/New America Media , News Report, Sandra Larson  Photo: Longtime Boston South Elders socialize at a neighborhood senior lunch program: (l-r) “Spider” Edwards, James Banks and Luther Flynt. (Photo by Sandra Larson) This story is part of our ongoing “BOSTON” series in NAM’s “Growing Older, Getting Poorer”section. BOSTON–At United South End Settlements’ Harriet…

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In Cuba, ‘Creeping Capitalism’ Arrives

In Cuba, ‘Creeping Capitalism’ Arrives

HAVANA—When the U.S. embassy reopened in Havana on Monday after more than 54 years, it signaled what Cubans have now accepted: creeping capitalism is the future.

A stroll through Old Havana is enough to convince anyone that the entrepreneurial spirit that is fast-transforming this city into a nation of shopkeepers is in full swing. This isn’t to say that corporate America is about to descend on this island nation of 12 million people. Raúl Castro’s reforms place sharp restrictions on capitalism: one can work for one’s self, but only the state can hire more than two employees.

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