A rack of chrome rims at Willets Point Queens, with Citi Field in the background.

The Iron Triangle: A Gift of a Voice

The eyes of the audience at its world premiere in the West Village were glued to the screen. The Iron Triangle (2017) managed to not only hold the attention of the audience but also to rouse applause and cheers only halfway through the film, an unusual time for ovation. After the film was over, the filmmakers received a handful of questions from their inquisitive viewers, but not all questions were given answers because the abundance of interesting inquiries surpassed the amount of time available. This is a testament to the success and timely arrival of this new documentary, which strives to do perhaps the noblest undertaking in documentary filmmaking: give a voice to those who don’t have one.

The Iron Triangle is a story about a group of working class people battling against bureaucrats who seek to gentrify their valued locale. The cameras of directors Prudence Katz and William Lehman follow the hard workers of immigrant-run auto repair shops in Willets Point, Queens, an unglamorous area in New York City known as the “Iron Triangle.” Sitting at the base of Citi Field, the area is known for its inexpensive yet quality auto repair shops services.

Bodies As Battlegrounds: Debating The Pros And Cons Of The Decriminalization Of Sex Work

In August, 2015, Amnesty International voted in favor of a policy that calls for the full decriminalization of consensual sex work. Definitions of sex work will vary. This author uses the term to refer “…to the consensual exchange of sexual services between adults for money or goods"...The Amnesty vote was supposed to make it possible for proposals to be drafted to rewrite legislation in countries which criminalize the consensual sale and purchase of sex. Sex work is already partially decriminalized in the United Kingdom and Canada...Now many sex workers in the United States are wondering when they’ll get their chance to be heard, and see sex work decriminalized here. This author asked some of them for their thoughts on the subject.

A New Identity

 Adapting into a different culture and religion can be challenging for many. For Shabab Hossain, 19, of Jamaica, Queens N.Y. becoming Muslim has helped him positively and move away from things that impacted him negatively. However, it has brought many struggles.  Although Hossain’s family was always Muslim, he never fully understood why they had to go to the Mosque and practice the religion. It was until he educated himself where everything started making sense to him and he understood the values and morals that came with being Muslim.

Martin Luther King press conference

What Would King Do?

With Dr. Martin Luther King jr’s birthday approaching on January 15th and black history month following soon after, I find it appropriate to set my mind on Dr. King's life's work and philosophies. I admonish you to do the same. WHAT WOULD KING DO. Mimicking the Christian catch phrase "What Would Jesus Do," I often wonder how Dr. King would approach today's societal challenges.

Doctors carry fresh organs for transplant

The Shocking Truth About China’s Organ Transplant Industry

In May 2006 the Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG), an organization headquartered in Washington D.C., asked former Canadian Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific David Kilgour and David Matas, an international human rights lawyer, to investigate the claims of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners. They were able to pull together 18 pieces of evidence that point to systematic organ harvesting mainly from living Falun gong practitioners.