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How To Prepare for Your Child’s Annual Review IEP Meeting: NYC edition 

Every year, parents of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) dread the annual review process. Because of past experiences, these meetings become another disappointing event where parents and students feel unheard and their requests are denied. While the parents will never be able to make decisions on behalf of the district, we can and should…

The best places in NYC to catch the 2024 Eclipse 

🎵A total eclipse of the heart….. at least for some New Yorkers. Mark your calendars, a solar eclipse is coming to New York on April 8. Total solar eclipses occur in the same place once every 400 years, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. Even though New York City will only experience a partial solar eclipse, it…

Don’t liberals want to fix the immigration perception problem?

A few days ago, I was pouring soap into a machine at my local laundromat in South Harlem when the word “Kamala” made my politics-attuned ears perk up. A couple of middle-aged Black women were chatting about the upcoming election as they loaded up their laundry. They agreed that Trump was in deep trouble, and…

Gaza is taking a toll on diaspora communities’ mental health

Dr. Lama Khouri, a Palestinian psychoanalyst, sees patients having trouble eating and sleeping right now. “They’re just shocked by the sadism,” said Dr. Khouri, who is also the clinical supervisor of the Arab-American Family Support Center, which has several offices throughout New York City. Diaspora communities across the boroughs struggle with their mental health as…

The conservative expansion into NYC’s liberal bastion

The Moms for Liberty organization — a coalition of right-wing education activists that won significant political power and subsequently began to splinter, all at lightning speed — launched its first NYC chapter in Queens late last year. Months later, Bruce Blakeman, county executive of neighboring Nassau County in Long Island, issued an executive order barring…

Ramadan 2024: Iftar and special celebrations

Ramadan began this week. While non-Muslims usually associate the holy month with fasting, to Observant Muslims, it’s about more than just not eating. It has a different meaning for everyone who celebrates it. However, this year, these personal reflections are deeply intertwined with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. This year’s Ramadan begins under the shadow…

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