Sunday, April 27, 2014

Beyond the Melting Pot

de Blasio At A Secret Meeting with Muslim Leaders 

Discusses Shutdown of NYPD Demographics Unit
Mayor de Blasio discusses shutdown of NYPD Demographics Unit at Ramadan dinner(NYDN) “Muslim New Yorkers are still fighting for basic human rights,” de Blasio said at the Gracie Mansion dinner, according to prepared remarks distributed by his office. “We recently shut down the Demographics Unit at NYPD, which conducted surveillance on Muslim New Yorkers. Because it’s unfair to single out people on the sole basis of their religion.” De Blasio’s Iftar dinner was initially listed on his schedule as open to the press, but aides later updated the schedule to say the press would not be allowed in. His office distributed a copy of his prepared remarks.

9. No licenses for undocumented immigrants

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will not pursue a proposal to let undocumented immigrants get driver's licenses in New York, and instead will focus on the Dream Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants access to state financial aid for colleges, among other benefits. [Daily News]

In Crown Heights, Once Torn by Race Riots, a Friendly Game of Soccer(NYT)
Teams of Hasidic Jews and black immigrants from the Caribbean came together to play soccer in the Crown Heights Cup, in a section of Brooklyn with a history of tension.

Visitors Fault Sept. 11 Museum’s Portrayal of Islam(NYT)

NYT Writes About NYPD and Muslim Spying Again
Muslims and the N.Y.P.D.(NYT)
The Police Department is running another counterterrorism program that singles out Muslims in a problematic way, this time to recruit them as informants.The Police Department is right to develop informants that would help them foil terrorist plots. But it would be counterproductive to do so in ways that violate the Constitution or make more people fear the police. The Times writes that NYPD Commissioner William Bratton made the right decision to disband a unit used to spy on law-abiding Muslims, but the alienation has not been fully resolved because the department still runs a program that singles out Muslims in an effort to recruit them as informants

* De Blasio has stopped requiring immigrants’ sponsors to repay New York City if the people they helped go on welfare and is refunding nearly $1 million to 250 New Yorkers who had to pay up under the policy, the Daily News reports:

Looking for information in all the right places

It’s called ‘policing’(NYDN Ed)
A salute to Police Commissioner Bill Bratton for standing foursquare behind the NYPD’s practice of seeking anti-terror intelligence from criminal suspects.
The department’s tactics for seeking leads in the Muslim community have come under unjustified fire since an Associated Press series falsely depicted cops as “spying” simply by mapping neighborhoods where immigrants from Islamic countries concentrated. Bratton scrapped the program, which had largely completed its work and had been reduced to three detectives.

New York City defends use of Muslim police informants

BRATTON CONTINUES: Though NYPD commissioner Bratton disbanded one component of his predecessor’s crime-fighting legacy -- the Zone Assessment Unit, which provided demographic information and reports on Muslim individuals and institutions -- Bratton is keeping in place the Citywide Debrief Team, whose job is to find potential terrorism informants by interviewing recently arrested immigrants still in police custody. Deputy commissioner John Miller said the program was “effective.”
Based on information from a former detective and member of the team, the Times’ Joseph Goldstein explained they “received a list of immigrants, cataloged by country of origin, who had been arrested in New York the previous day. Arrestees from Middle Eastern and other predominantly Muslim countries, typically, attracted the most interest …


--HOW IT PLAYED … Post: “NYPD pressures Muslim immigrants to become spies” “NYPD is encouraging Muslims arrested for minor crimes to become spies for cops: report” “The NYPD Pressures Jailed Muslims to Become Police Informants” “Surprise! NYPD Still Trolling City For Intel On Muslims” “NYPD forcing Muslim immigrants to become spies: report”


Islam Museum Now Planned for Park51 Site, Developer Says(NY1)

New York Police Recruit Muslims to Be Informers(NYT)


The NYPD routinely pressures Muslim immigrants to become spies for them in exchange for making offenses go away.

--“Developer Scales Back Plans for Muslim Center Near Ground Zero,” by NYT’s Sharon Otterman: “The developer whose proposal to build a Muslim community center and mosque near the World Trade Center failed amid a national controversy three years ago said Tuesday that he now plans to
Administration offers no estimate on cost of municipal ID program.
Council Watch: Out of the Shadows
An in-depth look at New York City's bill to establish municipal ID cards for non-citizens to vote, Intro 253.

construct a museum devoted to Islam in the same location. Sharif El-Gamal, the developer, said through a spokesman that instead of a $100 million, 15-story community center and prayer space, he now planned a smaller, three-story museum ‘dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture.’

* The New York Times writes that there are many benefits to New York City offering municipal ID cards, though for the program to work there needs to be full cooperation from the NYPD and acceptance from immigrants:
Another memory of the late "Kindly Sister Ping": when she put out a hit contract on Daily News reporter Ying Chan. Beyond the Melting Pot
de Blasio Hit for Lack of Diversity
Pastors accuse Mayor de Blasio of lack of diversity in appointments(NYDN) African-American religious leaders yesterday protested the lack of African-Americans in the upper levels of the de Blasio administration, but, as the Daily News noted, “The study appeared to have its flaws in methodology.” Among the flaws: citing Bloomberg holdovers as de Blasio appointees and questionable claims about others. * African American religious leaders protest a lack of diversity in de Blasio administration(NYO)* Activists: De Blasio picks ‘not diverse enough’(NYP) According to the New York Post, rally leader Rev. Dennis Dillon admitted “that his group’s estimate that New York City was 34 percent African-American was based on its own polling, not on official Census data. Dillon also said that the group didn’t ask members of the administration about their race and made assumptions based on photographs.”

Muslim Demand Holidays
A recent rally was a testament to how New York City’s Muslim community is gaining a measure of political confidence as it pushes for sacred Muslim holidays to be school holidays, The New York Times reports: 

Cheng Chui Ping, a Smuggler of Immigrants, Dies in Prison, but Is Praised in Chinatown(NYT)

Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha  Muslims in New York City Unite on Push to Add Holidays to School Calendar(NYT)* PBS exec Cynthia Lopez to be commisioner of Mayor's film office(NYDN) * New York City’s Department of Education confirmed that two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year will not be official holidays in the upcoming school year, despite de Blasio’s pledge to eventually make them so, DNAinfo reports:

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