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Rally in Washington Square Park Planned Trump Suffers Second Travel Ban Defeat

A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump’s efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations.

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With Inwood Rezoning Slowed, Attention Turns to Inwood Library Project | City Limits

Almost a year after the city said it was moving quickly to propose a rezoning plan for Inwood, the city has yet to produce a draft scope of work describing the details of the proposal. Some believe the city put the rezoning on the backburner after community residents pushed local Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez to say no to Sherman Plaza, a privately-initiated mixed-income development project planned for the area that would have used city subsides. The administration expressed displeasure with Rodriguez’s no vote on the project, which some residents said was too tall, and others, not deeply affordable enough. “Conversations about the Inwood Neighborhood Plan are ongoing as the city has sought to take in extensive community feedback about the best way to move forward,” said Russell Murphy, a spokesperson for Rodriguez in an e-mail to City Limits. “We continue to be very interested in this process and hope that we will arrive at a plan that pleases the many who have weighed in about the needs of Inwood.” In the meantime, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is working with Rodriguez and the Robin Hood Foundation on another project to bring housing to the area: redeveloping the Inwood public library with 100 percent rent-restricted housing and a renovated library space of the same size. HPD held community visioning sessions for the library in January and say the...

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Swastikas Carved Into Progressive Upper West Side Church’s Doors

Originally Published in DNAinfo on March 1, 2017 Written by Amy Zimmer An Upper West Side Unitarian Universalist church, known for its commitment to social justice issues, was vandalized with two swastikas carved into its wooden doors along Central Park West on Tuesday. Staff from the Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, located across from Central Park at West 76th Street, discovered the swastikas on the morning of Feb. 28. They contacted the police and did their best to minimize the appearance of the offensive images, the church’s Rev. Schuyler Vogel said. The church is working to permanently fix the doors. The Fourth Universalist is among the growing number of houses of worship pledging to provide refuge to undocumented immigrants in the event of future raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement whether by offering temporary space or food for those housed at other churches and synagogues. Its recent decision to join the sanctuary movement was featured in a recent DNAinfo New York article. The progressive church, which dates back to the 1830s, also has a Black Lives Matter banner hanging on its facade, and its small congregation of nearly 120 members includes a significant number of Jewish individuals, Vogel said. “Initially I was shocked and disturbed that someone would choose to violate a house of worship with such hateful symbolism,” he said. “Our congregation has...

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