Getting a Driver’s License Is Economic Lifeline for Immigrants

Why Getting a Driver’s License Is Economic Lifeline for Immigrants

OAKLAND, Calif. – Between his full-time job as a paid caregiver and being a parent, Sonny Villar has little time for anything else, especially because of the hours he spends commuting to and from work by bus.

“It’s very, very tiring,” the Filipino native said

Now, Villar is going on line late at nights and cramming for the California driver’s license test, scheduled for March 5, so he can get behind the wheel of a car, something he has been wanting to do since he arrived in the United States in 2003.

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Family Secrets Travel With You: A Review of Sandip Roy's Debut Novel 'Don't Let Him Know'

Family Secrets Travel With You: A Review of Sandip Roy’s Debut Novel ‘Don’t Let Him Know’

Two former lovers stand awkwardly in a house in Calcutta, in a room full of junk and dust. They’re quiet, in private thrall to schoolboy memories of what they once were to each other. Then they speak, groping for halting accusations and stark truths about the separate lives they now lead. “You got away,” one man says to the other, “I got married. That’s just the way it is. It’s just something that happened.”

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Would you like to REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT THE PEOPLE’S UNITED NATIONS (pUN)?

Would you like to REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT THE PEOPLE’S UNITED NATIONS (pUN)?

Would you like to REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY AT THE PEOPLE’S UNITED NATIONS (pUN)?

The Hammer Museum and Mexican artist Pedro Reyes are reconvening the United Nations—using regular people rather than diplomats, and theater games, group therapy techniques, and humor rather than diplomacy. With 195 nation states represented, this is a great opportunity to meet an extraordinary range of people, laugh a lot, and learn about global issues and alternative conflict-resolution and social change techniques.

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Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

Why Immigrant Rights Advocates Aren’t Worried About Texas Judge’s Ruling

A federal judge this week blocked Obama’s executive actions from going into effect, a move immigration reform advocates are calling only a “temporary setback.”

Texas U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued a temporary injunction on Monday, siding with Texas and 25 other states that signed on to a lawsuit against Obama’s executive actions on immigration. The White House announced on Tuesday that the Department of Justice is appealing the decision.

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Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

Indigenous Leaders Call for Driving Test in Their Own Language

Leaders of the Mixtec community of Oxnard, Calif. are asking the Department of Motor Vehicles to offer the written driving test in indigenous languages so they can get licenses under California’s AB60. The law, which went into effect in January, allows Californians to apply for a driver’s license regardless of their immigration status. But indigenous Mexicans fear that the language barrier could stand in their way.

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After AB60, Some Immigrants Have Hard Time Getting License

After AB60, Some Immigrants Have Hard Time Getting License

LONG BEACH, Calif. — The Department of Motor Vehicles is expected to process 1.4 million immigrants seeking licenses in the next three years as a result of AB 60, a new California law requiring the DMV to issue a driver’s license to applicants regardless of their immigration status.

The law is expected to bring a number of positive changes, from immigrants’ ability to get to school and work without fear of being stopped, to improving driver’s safety in general. But some say the road ahead isn’t as smooth as they thought it would be.

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PAFF 2015-Transformative Cinema from the African Diaspora

PAFF 2015-Transformative Cinema from the African Diaspora

Los Angeles-The 23rd Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival got underway on Thursday, February 5, 2015 on a beautiful, Southern California evening. The festival continues until Monday, February 16th.

The Opening Night Film featured Director Stanley Nelson’s The Black Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution. This relevant movie arrives at the RAVE Cinemas 15, with their marching orders. This historical film allowed viewers to see how the Black Panthers cemented a solid foundation in the African American community, in the past that is still relevant today.

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Rabbi Helps Hispanics Connect with Secret Jewish Roots

Rabbi Helps Hispanics Connect with Secret Jewish Roots

EL PASO, Texas – Two days after Rabbi Stephen Leon moved to El Paso from New Jersey in 1986, he received an urgent phone call from a Roman Catholic man wanting to speak with him about a family mystery.

“He told me that his entire family were religious Catholics living in Juarez, but he remembers ever since he was a little boy, 3 or 4 years old, his grandmother would take him into a room on Friday night, light two candles, and say a prayer in a language he didn’t understand.”

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Into The Next Stage: Get Excited About Fresh Off the Boat

Hard to believe but that day is almost here: The first Asian American family sitcom in over 20 years, since “All-American Girl” starring Margaret Cho debuted on Sept. 14, 1994. Next Wednesday night (Feb. 4), “Fresh Off the Boat” will premiere at 8:30 p.m. with a second episode at 9:30 p.m. Then on Feb. 10, it’ll begin airing in its regular Tuesday 8 p.m. slot.

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