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Immigrant Youth Add $140 Million to New York Tax Revenues 4/25/2017

“Within the last year, immigration policy has become a far more divisive political issue with public discourse often overlooking the tremendous economic, fiscal and societal contributions of immigrants, and in particular young immigrants,” said Meg Wiehe, deputy director of ITEP. “New Yorkers can be proud of these young immigrants who are graduating from our high schools, going to college, serving in the military, paying taxes,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, director of the Fiscal Policy Institute’s Immigration Research Initiative.

This report comes on the heels of a study of the overall economic and tax contributions of undocumented immigrants in New York State. That report found that the economic output of undocumented immigrants represents $40 billion, or three percent, of the total New York State economy, and that undocumented immigrants pay a total of $1.1 billion in state and local taxes.


Oakland's Friday Farmer's Market and its Vegetable Vocabulary of Love, Photoessay by David Bacon

If you go up to the farmers' markets in Berkeley (next door to Oakland) or over to San Francisco, these days you'll find a booth or two with Asian vegetables. Asian cooking is healthy and popular. But because Berkeley and San Francisco are much more affluent communities, stalls at farmers' markets often target more middle-class and even upper-middle-class shoppers.

At the Oakland market the Asian stalls are the majority. If you come early, you can see the moms of Chinatown around the stall that has the best baby bok choy or lemongrass. Six or seven women crowd together, examining carefully the cauliflower with the long spindly stalks that you'll never see in a supermarket. Others check the persimmons, or the young ginger with the root still on the green stem, or the long Napa cabbage.

Oakland Market


The DVD of Seeking the Light celebrates a history of victory over adversity and the personal and collective recovery of Holocaust survivors who came to Peru from the other end of the world. Their successes in forging new lives in a foreign environment can serve to inspire others who have suffered from the violence of the world. This film was awarded Special Jury Prize IV Latin American Cinema and Video Festival Buenos Aires



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