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By Lena Sze


Squadron Community Convention

From State Senator Daniel Squadron:

Please join me on Sunday, March 13th, for the third annual 25th Senate District Community Convention. I am hosting the convention at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street in Downtown Brooklyn, from 2:00-5:00PM.

At the convention, I will ask you about your thoughts and ideas on legislative and community priorities.  For a complete list of topics, please visit

Will you join me at the community convention on Sunday, March 13th? Please RSVP to Rosemarie Diaz in my office at 212-298-5565 or

CHINATOWN OUTREACH Event: Triangle Fire Centennial

2011 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire. Local 23-25 and the garment workers’ union have observed this anniversary every year on March 25 to remember the importance of workplace safety and workers’ rights – especially the rights of immigrant women workers. For several decades, Chinese immigrants have been a key labor force in New York’s garment industry and active participants in the Triangle Fire commemorations.

There will be a CHINATOWN OUTREACH event on Monday, March 14, from 2:30-4:00 pm for groups and individuals interested in the Triangle Fire Centennial, at the Chen Dance Center, 70 Mulberry Street, 2nd floor. Please spread the word and come together for this important historic occasion! For further information, contact Lana Cheung at 212-929-2600 or May Y. Chen, 347-234-9387 – Local 23-25, Workers United/SEIU.


Community Board 2, Tues., 3/15 @ 6:30 PM **NOTE CHANGE OF DATE**-Judson Memorial Church, 239 Thompson St. Garden Room

  • Report on draft brochure for Seniors.
  • Possible resolution in support of social services groups in our part of Chinatown.
  • MAJOR DISCUSSION: strategy in difficult economic times how do we get new schools, more money for  seniors, good support for youth, LGBT, and homeless. [Several invited guests from CB1 and elected  officials].

Public Hearing and Board Meeting

Community Board 7 Meeting (Brooklyn), Mar 16.  Annual public hearing on the preliminary FY2012 budget to be immediately followed by the full community board meeting. The board meeting will start no earlier than 6:30 PM.
Board Room
4201 4th Avenue
Entrance on 43rd Street
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
6:00 PM

March to Commemorate the Triangle Fire

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory on 23-29 Washington Place. The doors of the factory had been locked from the outside leaving the workers, mainly young Jewish and Italian women, trapped inside. 146 people perished. This tragic event led to the establishment of important fire codes and safety rules.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, we present a moving afternoon of music and poetry inspired by the conditions of the sweatshops and the tragic fire. 146 people will portray those who perished. Musicians Deborah Strauss (violin), Jeff Warschauer (vocals & guitar), and Joey Weisenberg (drums) will set to music the works of the Sweatshop Poets, who in the early 1900s wrote forcefully about the deplorable working conditions of the immigrant masses. Yiddishist Caraid O’Brien and others will read from the works of the Sweatshop poets in English and Yiddish. The concert will end with the singing of El Maley Rahomim, the Hebrew prayer traditionally recited at the gravesite. Each of the actors will then announce the name of the Triangle victim they are representing and light a memorial candle.

Join the March! At 1:45 on the day of the Museum’s Triangle Fire Tribute, 146 people will take on the role of the people who perished in the fire and march from the site of the Triangle Fire at 23-29 Washington Place in the Village to the Museum at Eldridge Street at 12 Eldridge Street. If you are interested in participating, please contact Laura Ross at 212.219.0888 x205 or email

Sunday, 27 March, 2011, starts at 3:00 PM

Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee

Community Board 3, Wednesday, March 30 at 6:30pm – Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Arts Center – 466 Grand Street (btwn Pitt & Willett Sts)

1. Review of 2010 goals and accomplishments/committee goals for 2011
2. Facilitated discussion on program guidelines for SPURA sites development

Chinatown Working Group (CWG) Full Meeting. Meetings are open to everyone. 

  • The full Working Group regularly meets the first Monday of each month, 4-6pm @ American Legion Post 1291, 191-193 Canal St, 2nd Fl., New York, NY.

5th precinct Community Meeting

The 5th precinct Community Council meets to review crime stats, salute officers who have gone “above and beyond” and to field questions from residents.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

7:00- 9:00 PM

Location: 5th Precinct, 19 Elizabeth Street

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Open City: Blogging Urban Change is an interdisciplinary neighborhood blog and community project coordinated by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. Five commissioned writers, called Organizing Fellows, are working with community organizations and neighborhood folks in Manhattan’s Chinatown/Lower East Side (LES), Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn to collect oral histories and interviews, offer commentary about gentrification, neighborhood change, and produce new creative work around these themes. Read more.
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CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities was formed in 1986 (formerly known as the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) as a response to an increase in anti-Asian hate crimes both in New York City and around the country (which included violence by police officers against Asians).
They have two offices – one in Manhattan’s Chinatown (which houses the Chinatown Tenants Union, and the new Asian Youth in Action organizing project) and the Youth Leadership Project office in the Bronx – and have members from all over the city. Over the years, CAAAV’s main campaigns have focused on community-based organizing work rooted in Asian immigrant and refugee communities. Although their advocacy and organizing work is focused mainly in Manhattan’s Chinatown and the northwest Bronx, CAAAV’s work also touches upon larger issues (such as affordable housing, war, and immigration) shaping communities all over the world: “Our work is primarily centered around issues facing New Yorkers, but always with a global analysis.”
CAAAV’s mission is to organize and build the power of working-class Asian immigrants, refugees, and youth to change concrete conditions and participate in a broader social justice movement. In the past, CAAAV’s work included organizing South Asian taxi drivers, Korean women workers, and Filipina domestic workers. Several of these organizing projects have gone on to become their own organizations, such as the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and Domestic Workers United. CAAAV’s current work focus on three different program areas: Read more.

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Community Announcements
Manhattan CB3 Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee
Monday, May 2 at 6:30 pm -- Rutgers Community Center, Gymnasium - 200 Madison Street (btwn Rutgers & Pike Sts)

Brooklyn CB7, Land Use/Landmarks Committee Regular meeting
Continued discussion on potential 8th Avenue rezoning

Manhattan CB3 Economic Development Committee Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30pm -- Community Board 3 Office - 59 East 4th Street (btwn 2nd Ave & Bowery)

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