Posts Tagged as ‘New York City’

breakthrough beat: America 2049 special agent (who is also our summer intern) on the history of Ellis Island and July 4th

Post written by Breakthrough’s summer intern, Maya Bhattacharjee At the end of last week, members of the Breakthrough team visited Ellis Island for an interactive tour for the final level of our human rights Facebook game, America 2049. (But remember, though it was the last level of our launch, the game lives on Facebook and may [...]

June 30, 2011 by Maya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: Facebook game America 2049 asks, do we want a future where our religious faith makes us a target?

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 also proved to be an unfortunate turning point in America’s socio-cultural dynamics. For a nation that’s built upon the principles of separating church and state, America’s multi-religious identity came to the forefront as specific groups, especially Muslims or Hindus and Sikhs (who were presumed to be Muslims), became [...]

May 31, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

breakthrough beat: NY Indian Film Festival promises diverse lineup

Breakthrough is proud to be a Community Partner for the New York Indian Film Festival. This post was originally written by Pulkit Datta for The NRI, who is also the Media Assistant with Breakthrough. New York’s oldest Indian film festival – previously known as the MIAAC Film Festival – is entering its 11th year with [...]

May 4, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: “With Osama Bin Laden dead, can we have our rights back?” – How the effects of 9/11 could lead to America 2049

On Sunday, May 1, President Obama announced the death of Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, the notorious terrorist who spearheaded the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. While the predominant reaction from around the world has been one of relief and joy, bin Laden’s death reminds us of just how big an impact the 9/11 [...]

May 3, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: America 2049 joins the fight as violent headlines loom this Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, April 10, several neighbors along Clinton Street in the Lower East Side (Manhattan) heard Sarah Coit’s incessant screams. The screaming lasted for around 20 minutes, yet no one was able to figure out where it was coming from. Less than half an hour later, a man named Raul Barrera showed [...]

April 15, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

culture shockers: It shouldn’t take a tragedy to bring people out of the shadows

From our Restore Fairness blog: In the early hours of March 12, a bus ferrying passengers from the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut met with a horrific accident on the I-95 expressway in the Bronx, en route to Chinatown in Manhattan. The crash killed 15 of the passengers onboard, and the driver was later accused of being [...]

March 24, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-the change: This just in from the Irish gov’t – NYC, make St. Patrick’s Day inclusive

On this, the 250th St. Patrick’s Day in the United States, we look at the symbolism of the holiday and its tremendous significance in current debates around immigration and civil rights in America. While the inclusiveness of the parade has come a long way since it first started, this year the New York City parade [...]

March 17, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

guide to: 10 out-of-the-box ways to contribute to relief efforts in Japan

The devastating magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that rocked Japan on March 11 has left the country and its people in dire need of the world’s help. As the search and rescue efforts yield little results, and some of the country’s nuclear power plants are at serious risk of meltdown, governments and institutions across [...]

March 14, 2011 by Pulkit | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

breakthrough beat: Come for free screening in NYC

Kurdish American Karwan Abdul Kader (in photo) was detained and interrogated by local law enforcement for no reason other than driving around in the wrong neighborhood. He is one of many Americans who are racially profiled on a regular basis. Save the date for an engaging evening of free screenings and discussion around race in [...]

December 3, 2010 by crissy spivey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

because we found it: Who should NYC thank for its drop in crime? Immigrants

Crime rates in NYC drop, continuing the city’s safe streak, and studies suggest that immigrants might have something to do with this trend.

May 28, 2010 by Annie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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