Advocating for Adult Literacy

This week our students took part in an advocacy campaign for increased state funding for adult literacy programs. Our students met with Alex Flood from Assemblymember Patricia Fahy’s office and Patrick Cronin from Senator Daphne Jordan’s office and talked about what effect their classes have had on their lives. Screenshots from the meetings are above.

Additionally many of our students made short videos to be share on social media talking about the important of their English classes – watch one example below or visit us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to watch more.

A special thank you to the New York City Coalition for Adult Literacy as well the University Settlement’s Advocacy Director, Veronica Wong, for helping our staff and students prepare for this campaign!

We’re asking for $25 million in state funding per year for adult literacy classesto learn more, click here!

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Only 56% of your income?

Would you be OK with only 56% of your income?  Would you be OK with having electricity only 56% of the time?  What about garbage pick-ups? Healthcare?   

As of today,  56.4%  of households in NYC have completed the census and we need everyone’s help to raise our response rate.  It’s not too late to respond.  If everyone who already completed the census also got a friend, neighbor, or family member to complete it, we would already be at 100%!  


  • Do you know someone who left NYC due to Covid-19? Contact them and make sure they counted themselves at their New York City address, where they live most of the time. 
  • Encourage 100% participation from your coworkers or extended family.  
  • Know someone who speaks English as a new language?  Forward them 2020 Census information in their own language to answer their questions and encourage self-response.  
  • Promote 2020 Census and share how the census is safe, easy and important on your social media.  
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Breonna Taylor

In addition to George Floyd, you may have heard the name Breonna Taylor in connection with recent Black Lives Matter protests. Read the brief summary of her case in English and traditional Chinese below, courtesy of Send Chinatown Love:

Justice for Breonna Taylor | Traditional Chinese/English

請點擊此連結了解更多關於布倫娜·泰勒(Breonna Taylor)、連署請願以及個人捐款等相關事宜

今天(六月五日)是 Breonna Taylor 的二十七歲生日。她曾是位受褒揚的緊急醫務人員,更想當上護士。

Today (6/5) is Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. She was an award-winning EMT and had aspirations of becoming a nurse.

三月十三日,她與男朋友 Kenneth Walker 在家裡,突然聽到有人闖入。

On March 13, Breonna and her boyfriend, Kenneth, were in bed when they heard people entering their house.

一群便衣警察,也沒敲門,就破門而入。他們聲稱有搜索令,懷疑 Breonna 的家中藏著一名毒販 Jamarcus Glover 的毒品或現金。Glover 當時已早被警方逮補。

According to the search warrant, police believed a suspected drug dealer named Jamarcus Glover – who did not live with Breonna – was keeping drugs or money at her house. Glover was already in police custody at this time.

The police were not in uniform. According to Breonna’s boyfriend and neighbors, they did not knock. They simply forcibly entered Breonna’s house.

Breonna 的男朋友第一時間誤認便衣警察為入侵者,打 911 報警,並拿出槍射中一名警察的腿。他的槍是合法持有,當地的法律也允許個人向入侵者開槍。

Her boyfriend, thinking they were intruders, called 911 and pulled out a gun. He shot at one officer’s leg. Kenneth has a license to carry a gun and lives in a state where it is legal to shoot at intruders if they are breaking into your home.


Remember, the cops were not in uniform, and neighbors and Kenneth say that they did not announce themselves when entering.

警方的反應則是開槍 20 多發,射死 Breonna Taylor。子彈更波及隔壁的公寓,裡面住著一名孕婦與五歲小孩。

The officers responded by shooting more than 20 times, fatally striking Breonna. Bullets also flew into the adjacent home, where a pregnant woman and a five-year-old were sleeping. 

後來,警方指控男朋友 Walker 殺人未遂(最後並未起訴)。Breonna 的家裡則沒搜出任何毒品。到今天,沒有任何人為了 Breonna 的死而被起訴。Breonna 還活著的話,今天是 27 歲。

The police charged Walker with attempted murder (the charges were since dropped). No drugs were found in their house. As of today, no one has been charged with Breonna’s murder.

Click here to view Black Lives Matter vocabulary translated into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, Nepali, and Arabic.

And Spanish too!

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Systemic Racism Explained

Here’s a video for you explaining systemic racism. You might need to watch it more than once – and if you need to slow it down, remember you can change the Playback Speed when you click on the Settings icon. In the Settings there are also subtitles in Spanish and Japanese, and you can click here to watch a version with Chinese subtitles. After you watch, take the quiz to test your understanding!

Click here to take the quiz!

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