Residents and workers rally against new development

Plans to turn a former power plant in Old Town Alexandria into a mixed-use development are sparking controversy amongst residents.


Bronx Fire Survivors Slowly Piece Together Their Lives

Local government must be held accountable for failing to fix poor housing conditions, Bronx fire victims and advocates say. 


Nearly a month after the deadly Bronx fire that killed 17 people, survivors are still trying to piece their lives together.

Daybreak Africa: January 13th, 2022

Each morning, Daybreak Africa looks at the latest developments on the continent, starting with headline news and providing in-depth interviews, reports from VOA correspondents, sports news as well as listener comments.

Black Work Talk: Episode 3: Bert Bayou

Episode 3 • 25th January 2022 • Black Work Talk • Steven Pitts

In this third episode of Black Work Talk’s Season Two, co-hosts Steven Pitts and Bill Fletcher talk with Bert Bayou. Bert is DC Chapter Director of African Communities Together (ACT) and Vice President of UNITE HERE Local 23. ACT is an organization of African immigrants with chapters in Washington DC and New York. ACT provides services and organizes for power. Local 23 represents airport workers in 10 cities across the United States. 

Immigration Advocate Say New York City’s Noncitizen Voting Law Is ‘Long Overdue’, Will Strengthen Black Vote

By Nyam Daniel | January 24, 2022 

New York City’s nonvoting citizen law could strengthen the Black vote, an immigration advocate said.

The new rule, which automatically became law last week, allows more than 800,000 immigrants to vote in local elections, and a fraction of them are Black, according to New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA).

Local labor activists push back against city financing in proposed hotel project

Vernon Miles January 21, 2022 at 2:45pm

Local labor representatives have come out in force against potential city funding in the development of the Hotel Heron in Old Town.

A proposal spearheaded by the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) would have the city take some of the tax revenue generated by the Hotel Heron project at 699 Prince Street to pay the project’s bond trustees.

Harris met by Bronx cheer, heckled while promoting infrastructure push in borough

By Denis Slattery and Tim Balk

Welcome to the Bronx.

A heckler interrupted Vice President Harris mid-speech Friday as she promoted the Biden administration’s Build Back Better agenda at a YMCA in the borough.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at the Northeast Bronx YMCA, in the Bronx borough of New York, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

U.S. VP Kamala Harris Visits The Bronx as Immigrant New Yorkers Rally for Visa Amnesty


U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, visited the Bronx on Friday, Oct. 22, at the invitation of Congressman Jamaal Bowman (NY-14). The event took place at the recently opened, state-of-the-art Edenwald YMCA center in the Northeast Bronx, which falls within Bowman’s district.

Black immigrant groups file FOIA requests over treatment of Haitians

BY RAFAEL BERNAL - 10/01/21 04:55 PM EDT 

A coalition of advocates for Black migrants on Friday filed freedom of information requests regarding the treatment of migrants from Haiti and other countries who converged under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, last month.

The requests were filed through the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Texas Public Information Act (by Haitian Bridge Alliance, UndocuBlack Network and African Communities Together.



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