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Nisha Agarwal

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Across Faith and Identities, NYC is Leading the Fight against Islamophobia

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2016 | 10:00 AM

By Nisha Agarwal, Carmelyn P. Malalis and Sussie Lozada

Interfaith Community Breaks Ramadan Fast at NYC’s First Iftar in the City

In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, Americans mourned together at nationwide vigils and stood in solidarity with the LGBT community. These moments...

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Immigrant Communities and the Health of Our Cities Are Intertwined

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 10:55 PM

2016 has thus far been a difficult year for immigrant communities. Not only has anti-immigrant demagoguery filled headlines during the presidential race, but President Obama's effort to alleviate harm to immigrants with ties to their communities through executive action remains stalled as a result of a legal challenge by a...

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Why Cities Should Invest in Citizenship: Helping Immigrants Achieve Citizenship Yields Major Returns -- and It's the Right Thing to Do

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 1:33 PM

It is widely recognized that gaining citizenship is a transformative social experience for immigrants and our nation. Naturalization ceremonies are often emotional events, and the integration of immigrants has shaped the face of America.

Less widely appreciated is the fact that citizenship is a powerful source of...

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The Smart Choice for Cities: Welcome Immigrants, Don't Stigmatize Them

(18) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 8:08 AM

In his historic speech to Congress, Pope Francis hailed the welcoming values of acceptance and diversity that the United States represents throughout the world.

In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this...
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Acknowledging Difference, Not Defeat: A Racial Justice Perspective on the Medicaid Debate

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 9:20 AM

The federal Medicaid program has become something of a policy piñata in the national discourse. Over the course of the past year conservatives have been asking, "is Medicaid real health insurance?" The public insurance program for low-income individuals has been criticized for not providing sufficient access to physicians,...

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The Hypocrite's Oath: Latino Immigrants and Health Access in the Hamptons

(5) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 9:26 AM

Like many New Yorkers did this summer, I boarded a Hampton Jitney from the east side of Manhattan in late August and made my way to the finger tips of Long Island. Instead of landing on the beach, however, I found myself in the crowded office of a small community-based...

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Fighting to Make Health Equality a Reality

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 6:05 AM

Saturday morning, April 17, the auditorium of Junior High School 22 in the Bronx was crowded with community residents who had gathered for a town hall meeting. Health care reform had passed, but these folks knew that their problems were not over. Ensuring that most Americans have health insurance, while...

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Also About Us: South Asians and Civil Rights

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 8:19 AM

Every year, the South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY) awards fellowships to law students who will be pursuing unpaid summer internships in the public interest. The fellowship winners are recognized at a reception, where an experienced South Asian public interest attorney speaks about a current social justice...

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This Bridge Called My Back: A Retro Look at Women of Color and Power

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2010 | 6:17 AM

When it was published in 1981, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color was a vermilion ink bloom on the crisp white wedding dress of the U.S. feminist movement. It was meant to be shocking. This anthology of prose and poetry by Black, Latina,...

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Reading Between the Lines: Kids of Color; Mental Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 8:27 AM


This weekend the New York Times reported on a new study, which finds that kids on Medicaid are four times more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs than their privately insured counterparts, and often for conditions for which the drugs are...

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