Compensating the Kindness of Strangers: Immigrant Care Workers in the Shadows

Compensating the Kindness of Strangers: Immigrant Care Workers in the Shadows

BOSTON–Six years ago, my neighbor Karen had a stroke. Paralyzed on her left side, Karen can’t walk, cook for herself, or use the bathroom. “I have to depend on somebody to do everything for me,” she says.

Yet Karen, 61, who is divorced and without children, has managed to stay in her home — thanks to daily care from Mary, an immigrant from Ghana. Mary lives full time in Karen’s house, sleeping in a spare bedroom. Officially, Mary works 12 hours a day, seven days a week, for her employer, a private home-care agency. But in reality, Mary looks after Karen at all hours — bathing her, bringing her food and drink, changing her, helping her in and out of bed.

Mary makes $8.40 an hour before taxes — $1.60 below the Massachusetts minimum wage — from the private agency that employs her. She nets $610 a week for 84 hours of work — and makes no overtime, although state law entitles her to time-and-a-half for every hour over 40.

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Immigrant Day - 20 Years Later, California Surges Ahead


Immigrant Day – 20 Years Later, California Surges Ahead


Twenty years ago today, I felt a lump in my throat as I began the hour drive from San Francisco to Sacramento to join the first-ever Immigrant Day.

The anti-immigrant fervor at the time had manifested itself in frightening ways. The spirit of California’s anti-immigrant initiative from 1994, Proposition 187, had catapulted its way to Washington, D.C., fueling the backlash against newcomer communities. Immigration and welfare reforms dominated the local and national policy agendas.

We couldn’t stay silent in the face of discriminatory laws and hateful rhetoric that targeted the most vulnerable in our communities.

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Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project-Halfway There Community Celebration

Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project-Halfway There Community Celebration

Los Angeles-Los Angeles Transit officials (Metro) held a community celebration as they approach the halfway mark on the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. The free family oriented event was held on Saturday, May 7th, in Leimert Park Village, the cultural hub of the African American community.

The purpose of the celebration was a way for Metro officials to thank their neighbors and local businesses for their patience and continued support as Metro celebrate the halfway mark to construction completion; a major milestone!

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30th Annual UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

Jazz Reggae Festival-Headed Back to Its Roots

Los Angeles-The Jazz Reggae Festival has been an integral part of the UCLA and Los Angeles jazz and reggae communities for the past 29 years. In honor of the festival’s 30th Anniversary, festival organizers are celebrating three decades of good vibes, jammin’ music and an atmosphere that is engaging and offers attendee cultural enrichment, with a one-day festival under the bright Los Angeles sun, Saturday, May 30, 2016.

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USCIS to Implement Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program

WASHINGTON—Beginning June 8, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will allow certain Filipino World War II veteran family members who are beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions an opportunity to receive a discretionary grant of parole on a case-by-case basis, so that they may come to the United States as they wait for their immigrant visa to become available.

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First Openly Gay Vietnamese American Mayor Makes Bid for Congress

First Openly Gay Vietnamese American Mayor Makes Bid for Congress

A Vietnamese refugee brought to the United States by his parents as a child, Bao Nguyen was elected Mayor of Garden Grove in 2014, where he has increased government transparency and fought corruption. Upon his swearing-in, he became the first directly- elected Vietnamese American Democratic Mayor in the United States. He is the city’s first Vietnamese American and first Openly LGBTQ Mayor. Prior to his historic election, he served as member of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education. Nguyen is running for U.S. Congress to represent California’s 46th District. He talked with NAM’s editor, Andrew Lam, author of “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.”

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LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FIRST DECADE CAPTURING THE FILMS AND FLAVOR OF GREECE.

LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES FIRST DECADE CAPTURING THE FILMS AND FLAVOR OF GREECE

Los Angeles, CA- Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF.org) is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate its tenth anniversary June 1 – 5, 2016 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The lively festival will showcase more films, Q&A’s and festivities than ever before including a collaboration with Athens International Culinary Film Festival (AICFF) and a Gastronomical Sidebar complete with cuisine themed entertainment and top chef cooking demonstration with tasting.

This year’s offerings boast films from Australia, Cyprus, Denmark, France, UK, Greece, Sweden, Turkey and the U.S. representing 15 narratives, 9 documentaries, and 31 short films. LAGFF will introduce four World premieres, 25 North American premieres, and 13 Los Angeles premieres to the Hollywood audience. 42 films will vie for LAGFF’s coveted “Audience Choice” Orpheus Award.

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THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) IN NEW YORK CITY

PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE THIRTEENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) IN NEW YORK CITY

The programming committee for the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival is honored and excited to announce the 2016 lineup!

A total of 16 films will screen Wednesday through Saturday, May 25 through May 28, 2016 at two Manhattan venues!

For the first time in its 13-year history, the BHFF is expanding by adding an additional evening of screenings and events, for a total of four festival days of film, art, culture, conversation, new connections and fun.

Our program this year consists of four blockbuster features, seven documentaries and five short films, including an animated film. We are proud to announce that the competition program features works by five women directors.

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Hispanic Millennials Saying ‘Adios’ to Spanglish

Hispanic Millennials Saying ‘Adios’ to Spanglish

Hispanic millennials are turning their backs on Spanglish—a slang that mixes English-language norms into Spanish—and instead opting for proper American English.

“The typical trend is that the first [generation] prefers to speak Spanish, the second generation is bilingual, and the third generation is generally monolingual,” Jody Agius Vallejo, an associate professor of sociology at USC who studies immigrant integration told the Los Angeles Times.

But there is more going on than the natural trajectory of how immigrant groups assimilate to become Americans.

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International Jazz Day-Los Angeles

International Jazz Day-Los Angeles

Los Angeles-Jazz fans knew that the month of April was declared Jazz Appreciation Month. We didn’t need an Act of Congress to encourage us to celebrate our love of America’s #1 Art form-JAZZ!.

For the un-initiated, Jazz Appreciation Month, (fondly called JAM) was created at the Smithsonian Museum in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the month of April. The intent was to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz, study the music, attend concerts/festivals, listen to jazz on the radio and recordings, read books and magazines about jazz, etc.

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