City businesses rely on holidays to boost sales

December 6, 2007 • 0
Snowflakes, Christmas trees and reds and greens may have taken over the New Haven downtown area, but city promoters say it would be a mistake to confuse the Elm City with the typical suburban mall experience. Community organizations, stores and city promoters have come together this season to offer visitors a slew of events ranging »

Report finds race profiling did not occur

December 5, 2007 • 5
Yale University library staff did not racially profile a library employee last month, according to a report released Tuesday following a three-day investigation by Yale’s Office for Equal Opportunity Programs, library and Local 34 union officials said. University Librarian Alice Prochaska said the report’s conclusions reaffirmed her previous refusal to apologize for the incident — »

Locals dedicate Iraq memorial

December 4, 2007 • 3
Against a backdrop of bustling evening traffic and winter darkness, more than 50 members of the New Haven community gathered Monday night to inaugurate a memorial for city residents killed in the Iraq war. But Yale students were mostly M.I.A. The monument — situated on a traffic island across Elm Street from Ivy Noodle and »

Library staff accused of race profiling

November 28, 2007 • 10
After 26 years of working with Yale’s libraries, Oct. 23 would have been just another day on the job for Bernard Rogers. But standing outside the Sealy G. Mudd library with his friend James Jones that fall afternoon, Rogers took $20 from Jones as repayment for a debt and lent him his car key for »

Crowded jails, ban on parole protested

November 27, 2007 • 1
As the light of street lamps illuminated a swirl of mist and drizzle, more than 65 protestors rallied Monday evening in front of the Whalley Avenue jail, demanding that the state provide its citizens with “books, not bars.” Community members and activist groups, joining together in protest of state legislation that would spend $260 million »

New chamber of commerce to focus on business concerns of gay community

November 16, 2007 • 0
With its dark mahogany walls, sparkling wine glasses and 19th-century-era paintings, the Quinnipiack Club is suffused with tradition. But innovation overtook tradition yesterday when the Qpack Club played host to Connecticut’s recently inaugurated Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Chamber of Commerce, one of over 40 American GLBT chambers that have opened up in the last five »

Cities debate local ID cards nationwide

November 14, 2007 • 1
Efforts to provide identification for undocumented immigrants nationwide lurched forward and backwards yesterday. In anticipation of overwhelming opposition from New York legislators and courts, Gov. Eliot Spitzer last night said he plans to abandon a highly controversial proposal to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Meanwhile, San Francisco became the second city to issue municipal »

Union allies with Watchdogs after mayor’s directive

November 13, 2007 • 7
The latest immigration debate over a City Hall general order has a few New Haven Police Department officials up in arms. Last Friday, two Yale Law School students and one community organizer visited the NHPD to reaffirm General Order 06-2, a December 2006 directive that instructs police officers to enact a “don’t ask, don’t tell, »

YEI urges Elis to ‘stay and build’

November 12, 2007 • 0
This article has been corrected. You may view this article’s correction here. Jordan Goldberg ’06 SOM ‘09 started his online business in New Haven, rents an office on Whitney Avenue and has Yale professors as advisors. But between co-workers who prefer to live in New York, Manhattan’s large investment community and New Haven’s shortage of »

State must release raid documents

November 9, 2007 • 1
In a 4-0 decision yesterday, the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission ordered the state Department of Public Safety to release documents relating to the June 6 Immigrations and Customs Enforcement raids on immigrants in the Fair Haven neighborhood. The decision marks the first Freedom of Information Act triumph for Law School attorneys representing the immigrants-rights »

Elm City to unveil Iraq war memorial

November 8, 2007 • 1
War memorials tell of beginnings and ends — a treaty signed, a last battle, a final death toll. But for supporters of a new monument in New Haven commemorating the ongoing Iraq war, such landmarks are only aspirations. On the second day of December, an interfaith social justice coalition plans to unveil a monument memorializing »

Union debate centers on immigrants’ rights

November 6, 2007 • 0
New Haven Solidarity Week kicked off Monday amid growing disagreement between Yale’s Local 35 union and an anti-illegal aliens group, which has now brought Yale students and University management into the fray. Thirteen Yale student groups released a statement yesterday condemning a Community Watchdog Project-sponsored petition that calls for the withholding of union dues from »