New York Today: Flash Your ID
Say ‘Municipal ID’! Credit Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times
Updated 12:29 p.m. Greetings on this raw Tuesday morning.
Watch for train and subway delays and street closings near Penn Station after an underground fire.
There was a long line, steady rain, and very little complaining outside Queens Library in Flushing on Monday.
That unusual combination arose, like many an umbrella, from excitement about the new New York City identification card.
The card, IDNYC, is intended to help undocumented immigrants, the homeless and the formerly incarcerated navigate the city’s bureaucracy.
It also confers prescription-drug discounts and the ability to open a bank account.
And it comes with some major cultural perks.
More than 30 museums and other institutions are offering free or discounted memberships to cardholders for 2015.
Discounts include 20 percent off family memberships at the Y.M.C.A.
You still need to show some documentation of your identity and residency. (And you must be older than 14.)
No other questions will be asked.
New York City to Formally Start Its Municipal ID Card Program
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER – JAN. 11, 2015
A sample version of the city’s new municipal identification card.
For generations, the label has been at once exclusive and widely misapplied, available to millions in earnest, but vulnerable to line-blurring by suburban peers who claimed New York City residency without an address to match.
Could a New Yorker be identified by a harried gait? A brash retort? The knowledge that L trains are to be avoided on weekends?
Perhaps. But beginning this week, the evidence will, for the first time, be wallet-size.
On Monday, New York is expected to introduce the country’s largest municipal-identification program, issuing cards intended as a boon for undocumented immigrants, the homeless and others who strain to navigate the bureaucracy of city services and institutions without government-issued ID. The card will confer discounts for prescription drugs, access to city buildings and free memberships to zoos and museums. It will be accepted as a library card across the city’s three public library systems and recognized as identification to open an account at several banks and credit unions.
“For New Yorkers who couldn’t have an official ID, this card is the key to a fuller life,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, adding that it was “fraud-proof, secure and appealing to anyone.”
The card’s layout seems befitting of its most high-profile booster, a longtime Park Slope, Brooklyn, resident who has sought to govern with an eye toward the boroughs outside Manhattan.
The map on the front of the card might startle New Yorkers with its accuracy: Unlike the subway map, with its oversize Manhattan, this version is to scale, with Brooklyn and Queens sprawled across the center. The spot for the main head shot obscures much of Staten Island and the Financial District. On the back, one landmark is shown: the Brooklyn Bridge.
Officials have cast the program as among the mayor’s most significant initiatives, based partly on those in cities like New Haven and San Francisco.
The City Council approved the program’s creation in June, part of a series of immigration-related initiatives undertaken by the new Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito. Ms. Mark-Viverito also led a push for the city to stop honoring detention requests issued by immigration authorities without a warrant from a federal judge.
The card, she suggested in a phone interview, doubled as “a way of validating people who live in New York City and are contributing positively.”
“It’s an affirmation,” she added.
For undocumented immigrants in particular, many realities of city life — renting an apartment, filling a prescription, encountering a police officer who asks for identification — have long produced headaches.
“You have to be in the shadows,” Juan Carlos Gomez, an undocumented immigrant from Colombia, said in July, at an event where Mr. de Blasio signed the Council bill into law.
The cards, known as IDNYC cards, will be available to all New Yorkers age 14 and older, who can apply at enrollment centers across the city. Enrollment will be free in 2015, though fees may be charged in the future. Applicants are required to prove identity and city residency, with documents that could include passports, driver’s licenses or birth certificates, from the United States or elsewhere, among other options.
Though the plan has the broad support of immigrant-service providers and other advocacy groups, the New York Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns about privacy. Johanna Miller, the group’s advocacy director, said that while the city had taken steps in recent months to protect cardholders’ personal information, law enforcement agencies will not have to meet a “probable cause standard” to obtain documents, as the group had hoped.
The city said that applicant information will not be shared with other government agencies or third parties, “except for purposes of verifying the applicant’s eligibility for additional city benefits, services and care,” or in response to a judicial subpoena or warrant. Cardholders will also be told if their information has been sought.
Among the top challenges for the program will be reaching homeless New Yorkers without fixed residences. Though cards will typically be mailed to applicants, the administration said that if mailing a card is not possible or unsafe — in the case of a domestic violence victim, for instance — it can be picked up in person.
The administration declined to estimate how many people might sign up for the card. Nisha Agarwal, commissioner of the mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, said that in other cities with similar programs, about 1 percent of the population has enrolled.
“We expect to do a lot better than that in New York City,” she said, citing the discounts on admission to venues like the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Bronx Zoo that come with the card.
One potential applicant, Nick During, 31, from Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, wondered if the offers might tilt the tourist-to-local ratio at some venues.
Anita Dunbar, 64, from Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, suggested the card’s appeal was far simpler.
“I’m a sucker for new stuff,” she said.
A version of this article appears in print on January 12, 2015, on page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: With Rollout of IDs, Card-Carrying New Yorkers Can Step From the Shadows.
Big Anti-Immigration Rally in Germany Prompts Counterdemonstrations
By MELISSA EDDY – JAN. 12, 2015
Germany Anti-Immigrant Protest Grows
In Dresden, an estimated 25,000 protestors took to the streets to protest Germany’s immigration policies.
Video by Erik Olsen on Publish Date January 12, 2015. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.
BERLIN — A public clash about immigration and integration in Germany heated up on Monday as opposing marches took shape — one denouncing the perceived threat posed by Islam, the other a public vigil for an open and tolerant society.
The mass demonstration in Paris on Sunday attracted more than a million people and was largely free of politics and recriminations. But in recent weeks Germany has seen weekly marches in Dresden that have raised questions that have become increasingly polarizing and politicized: about whether Germany will ever live up to its open-arms ideals and accept a growing number of refugees, as well as those descendants of immigrants who have been here for generations.
On Monday tens of thousands heeded a call to turn out at an anti-immigration rally in Dresden, in the eastern state of Saxony. Very few heeded the call to wear black ribbons in honor of the 17 people killed by terrorists last week in Paris, even as political leaders and others expressed disgust over what they saw as an attempt by forces on the right to exploit the victims.
Tens of thousands rallied Monday in Dresden in support of Pegida, a group that opposes immigration. The poster reads, “Mrs. Merkel here are the people!” Credit Jens Meyer/Associated Press
“If organizers had a bit of decency, they would simply cancel the demonstrations,” Heiko Maas, Germany’s justice minister, said in an interview in the daily newspaper Bild on Monday. “The victims do not deserve to be abused by such agitators.”
To drown out the anti-immigration voices, pro-immigration groups and other activists have organized counterdemonstrations calling for tolerance and diversity. More than 30,000 people turned out in Leipzig in opposition to a call for that city’s first anti-Islam march, which attracted several hundred supporters, said Matthias Hasberg, a city spokesman.
About 35,000 counterdemonstrators convened in Dresden over the weekend, and on Monday they sought to block the route there of the anti-immigration marchers, supporters of the movement known as Pegida, a German acronym for Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West. In the southern city of Munich, some 20,000 people sought to block a Pegida rally there.
Germany’s Refugee Crisis
More refugees are seeking asylum in Germany than in any other country, straining Germans’ tolerance for foreigners and taxing the government’s ability to find housing for them.
Video by Erik Olsen on Publish Date December 7, 2014. Photo by Milan Bures for The New York Times.
Muslim leaders have called for a vigil on Tuesday in Berlin under the motto “Stand Together” for an open and tolerant Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she and members of her government would attend to “send a strong signal about the peaceful coexistence of various religions in Germany.” President Joachim Gauck is to address the rally.
Ms. Merkel; her vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel; and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier took part in the march in Paris on Sunday.
In the wake of the Paris attacks, organizers of Pegida posted a message on their website insisting that they would not crow over the event, but said they expected their numbers to swell even further in their Monday marches.
The marches have become a platform for Germans who feel sidelined by mainstream politicians, who they claim have gone too far in making their country attractive to foreigners at their expense. They point to cultural differences, such as requiring women to wear head scarves in public and prohibiting girls from taking part in coeducational sports classes, as indications of a refusal of many Muslims to integrate into German society.
“It is no wonder that many of our citizens have vague fears of Islam that they can’t really justify,” said Hans-Olaf Henkel, a member of the European Parliament for the rightist Alternative for Germany party, which met with supporters of Pegida last week.
A group of cartoonists from around the globe, calling themselves Caricaturists Against Pegida, issued an online petition calling on the people of Dresden to take a stand against the movement. The group included Willem from Charlie Hebdo, the satirical newspaper in Paris that was attacked by terrorists, and the American cartoonist Jeff Danziger.
“Pegida is cynically seeking to exploit the Paris attack,” the group wrote in a declaration that included caricatures depicting Pegida as a hyena smelling blood and being kicked. “We reject that the memory of our friends is being exploited and dragged through the mud in this way.”
Erik Olsen contributed reporting from Dresden, Germany.
A version of this article appears in print on January 13, 2015, on page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: Big Anti-Immigration Rally in Germany Prompts Counterdemonstrations
From: Pablo Ceriani <pablo.ceriani>
Date: 2014-12-18 14:58 GMT-06:00
Subject: Movilización Global Derechos de Migrantes / Global Mobilization for Migrants’ Rights / Mobilisation Globale Droits des Migrants
[English, see Below] [Français, voir ci-dessous]
Estimados/as colegas y amigos/as,
Les escribimos para invitarlos a sumarse al lanzamiento de una campaña para promover una movilización mundial por los derechos de los y las migrantes el próximo 1ro. de Mayo de 2015, año en que se celebra el 25° Aniversario de la Convención para la Protección de los Derechos de Todos los Trabajadores Migratorios y sus Familiares.
Se trata de una idea que surgió en un encuentro internacional de organizaciones de derechos de migrantes que se realizó en Buenos Aires en junio de 2014. Igualmente, es importante aclarar que no es una Campaña liderada por una o varias organizaciones, sino que sería la Campaña de todas las personas e instituciones que quieran participar y convocar a esta iniciativa, sea a nivel local, nacional, regional o global.
La idea tuvo en cuenta, entre otros antecedentes, las masivas movilizaciones realizadas en EE.UU el 1ro. de Mayo de 2006, y surgió como una necesidad ante las violaciones a los derechos humanos de los migrantes y sus familias que se producen día a día en todas las regiones del mundo.
*Notas de prensa, comunicados y convocatorias sobre fronteras, migración y regularización*