Literacy Review Revisited

Literacy Review Volume 19 is out now! Here’s one story by University Settlement Adult Literacy Program W1 student Cesar Rojas

Eleven Pets in the House

by Cesar Rojas

The house where I grew up was in an urban area, but it was a very large house with four rooms and a backyard that was also really large. My mom loved animals, but at one time, things got out of control. We had two cats and two dogs. Then, in the same year, they all agreed to get pregnant. The cat had four kittens, and the dog had three puppies. We had eleven pets now in the house. You can’t imagine the noise the dogs made barking and the cats made running on the roof every night.

Since then, I haven’t wanted to have animals anymore.

To listen to Cesar read his story or to read more stories, click here!

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Literacy Review Volume 19

The new edition of the Literacy Review is out! The Literacy Review is an annual collection of writing from adult education programs throughout New York City, and it is produced by the NYU Gallatin Writing Program. This year it is available digitally along with audio of the authors reading their work, and four University Settlement Adult Literacy Program students have their writing featured: Evelyn Gonzalez, Laeticia Blanchard, Cesar Rojas, Lichan (Chloe) Yu, and Jackie Leduc. Congratulations, writers!

Click here or on the image above to begin reading!

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Eye and Mental Health Resources

The University Eye Center will have Free Vision Screenings on June 10th, 2021, for ages 5 years old and up. Please call (212) 938-4001 to secure a free vision screening appointment as soon as possible because the appointment slots fill up quickly.

There will be Mental Health Awareness Talks in Chinese that are open to everyone;

June 1st, 2021 – 10:30 am — Mandarin Zoom Meeting ID:  826  2706  6594
June 3rd, 2021 – 2:00 pm — Cantonese Zoom Meeting ID:  212  619 3072 

Please feel free to share the information with anyone that you think may be interested.

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Voting Info in English, Spanish & Chinese

English

New York City elections in 2021 present us with a pivotal moment: city residents will elect new leadership to the City Council and highest local government offices, including the Mayor, Comptroller, and Borough Presidents. 

Additionally, New York City voters now have the option to rank their top 5 candidates in our local primary and special elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council. If voters still want to vote for just one candidate, they can. 

With ranked choice voting, runoffs are eliminated & candidates will need to win with at least 50% + 1 of the votes. Learn more about ranked choice voting (RCV) below and at: https://www.fairvote.org/ 

Remember, in NYC, to vote in a party primary, you must be registered as a member of the party. In other words, to vote in the Democratic Primary, you have to be registered as a Democrat. To vote in the Republican Primary, you have to be registered as a Republican. Check your registration here: https://www.nycvotersearch.com/ 

We hope you will pledge to vote in the 2021 primary elections on June 22, 2021. Join us and pledge here.

2021 Voting Deadlines

Primary Election: June 22 

Registration Deadline: May 28 

Vote by Mail Request Deadline: June 15 

Early Voting Period: June 12 – June 20 

General Election: Nov 2 

Registration Deadline: Oct 8 

Vote by Mail Request Deadline: Oct 26 

Early Voting Period: Oct 23 – Oct 31

RCV FAQs

How many candidates do I rank? You can rank up to 5 candidates, as many or as few as you’d like. 

Do I have to use all 5 rankings? No. Your vote will still count if you only rank one or a couple candidates.  

Can I rank a candidate more than once? It does not help your favorite candidate to rank them more than once.   

Does it hurt my favorite candidate to have a 2nd choice? No, your 2nd (3rd, 4th, 5th) choices will only be looked at if your 1st choice is eliminated.   

Why should I rank my votes? More choice = more power. 

Voter FAQs

Am I registered to vote?  https://www.nycvotersearch.com/ 

Where can I request an absentee ballot? https://nycabsentee.com/ 

Where is my polling site if I vote in-person? https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/  

How can I preview my ballot? https://vote.nyc/page/understanding-ballot  

What are the important dates? https://www.nyccfb.info/nyc-votes/election-calendar/  

Spanish

Las elecciones de la Ciudad de Nueva York en 2021 nos presentan un momento crucial: los residentes de la ciudad elegirán un nuevo liderazgo para el Concejo Municipal y los cargos gubernamentales más altos, incluidos el Alcalde, el Contralor y los Presidentes de los Distritos.

Además, los votantes de la Ciudad de Nueva York ahora tienen la opción de clasificar a sus 5 candidatos preferidos en nuestras elecciones locales primarias y especiales para Alcalde, Contralor, Presidente del Distrito y Concejo Municipal. Si los votantes aún quieren votar por un solo candidato, pueden hacerlo.

Con la votación por orden de preferencia, se eliminan los desempates y los candidatos deberán ganar con al menos el 50% + 1 de los votos. Obtenga más información sobre la votación por orden de preferencia (RCV, por sus siglas en inglés) a continuación y en: https://www.fairvote.org/ 

Recuerde, en Nueva York, para votar en las primarias de un partido, debe estar registrado como miembro del partido. En otras palabras, para votar en las primarias demócratas, debes estar registrado como demócrata. Para votar en las primarias republicanas, debe estar registrado como republicano. Compruebe su registro aquí: https://www.nycvotersearch.com/ 

Esperamos que se comprometa a votar en las elecciones primarias de 2021 el 22 de junio. Únase a nosotros y haga su promesa aquí.

Plazos de votación 2021

Elección primaria: 22 de junio

Fecha límite de inscripción: 28 de mayo

Fecha límite de solicitud de voto por correo: 15 de junio

Período de votación anticipada: 12 – 20 de junio

Elección general: 2 de noviembre

Fecha límite de inscripción: 8 de octubre

Fecha límite para la solicitud de voto por correo: 26 de octubre

Período de votación anticipada: 23 – 31 de octubre

Preguntas frecuentes sobre RCV

¿Cuántos candidatos clasifico? Puede clasificar hasta 5 candidatos, tantos o tan pocos como desee.

¿Tengo que usar las 5 clasificaciones? No. Su voto seguirá contando si solo clasifica a uno o dos candidatos.

¿Puedo clasificar a un candidato más de una vez? No ayuda a su candidato favorito clasificarlo más de una vez.

¿Afecta a mi candidato favorito tener una segunda opción? No, su segunda opción (tercera, cuarta, quinta) solo se considerará si se elimina su primera opción.

¿Por qué debo clasificar mis votos? Más opciones = más poder.

Preguntas frecuentes del votante

¿Estoy registrado para votar? https://www.nycvotersearch.com/ 

¿Dónde puedo solicitar una boleta de voto ausente? https://nycabsentee.com/ 

¿Dónde es mi sitio de votación si voto en persona? https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/ 

¿Cómo puedo obtener una vista previa de mi boleta? https://vote.nyc/page/understanding-ballot 

¿Cuáles son las fechas importantes? https://www.nyccfb.info/nyc-votes/election-calendar/ 

Chinese

紐約市選舉在2021年迎來了關鍵時刻:市民們將會選出為市議會選出新一屆的領袖,以及為市政府選出最高階的官員,包括市長、主計長和區長。

此外,紐約市選民在此次選舉市長、主計長、區長及市議會的初選及特殊選舉中,可選擇按自己的喜好順序排列出五名候選人,而並非只投給一名候選人。當然,如果選民依然只想為唯一一名候選人投票,他也可以這樣做。

在「排序選舉」這種選舉方式下,決賽複選將被取消,候選人必須獲得至少50%以上的選票才能獲勝。想知道更多有關排序選舉的資訊,請點擊以下鏈接:https://www.fairvote.org/

記住,在紐約市,若要在黨派初選中投票,你必須登記為黨派成員。換言之,若要在民主當初選中投票,你必須登記為民主黨人;若要在共和黨初選中投票,你必須登記為共和黨人。點擊以下鏈接查詢你的選民登記狀況:https://www.nycvotersearch.com/

我們希望你能承諾在2021年6月22日舉行的2021初選中投票。請加入我們,承諾投票。

2021 選舉截止日期

初選: 6月22日

登記選舉截止日期: 5月28日

申請郵寄選票截止日期: 6月15日

提前選舉日期: 6月12日 至 6月20日

大選: 11月2日

登記選舉截止日期: 10月8日

申請郵寄選票截止日期: 10月26日

提前選舉日期: 10月23日 至 10月31日

排序選舉 常見問題解答

我可以選多少名候選人排序? 你可根據自己喜好,選擇最多5位候選人進行排序。

我必須得選擇全5位候選人進行排序嗎?不是的,你可以僅僅選擇1名,或者數名候選人進行排序,你的選票也會被計算在內。

我可以選同一名候選人多次排序嗎?這不會為你心儀的候選人增加票數。

我第二選擇的候選人,會對我最心儀候選人(第一選擇)的得票造成傷害嗎?不會的,你的第二(第三,第四,第五)選擇,只會在你的第一選擇被淘汰後,才會被接納。

為什麼我應該為我的選票排序? 更多選擇 = 更多權利。

選民常見問題解答 

我已經登記成為選民了嗎? https://www.nycvotersearch.com/ 

我在哪裡可以申請缺席郵寄選票? https://nycabsentee.com/

如果我親自前往投票,我的票站地址是什麼? https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/ 

我如何能預先看看我的選票? https://vote.nyc/page/understanding-ballot

選舉有哪些重要日期? https://www.nyccfb.info/nyc-vo

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COVID Vaccine & Healthcare Resources in English and Spanish

We invited Sunnyside Community Services to conduct workshops on COVID-19 Vaccination and low-and-no-cost healthcare in English and Spanish. Here are the resources they shared with us.

FIND A VACCINE SITE NEAR YOU / ENCUENTRE UN LUGAR DE VACUNAS CERCA DE USTED

Please click on your borough below (please note that some sites are walk-in and others are appointment based): / Haga clic en a continuación (tenga en cuenta que algunos sitios son accesibles sin cita previa, otros se basan en citas):

Bronx 

Brooklyn 

Manhattan 

Queens 

Staten Island 

STAY UP TO DATE / MANTÉNGASE INFORMADX  

You can also visit the NYC Vaccine Command Center for more information regarding COVID-19 and vaccines. / Visite el Centro de Comando de Vacunas de la Ciudad de Nueva York para obtener más información sobre COVID-19 y las vacunas.  

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Reflections on “The Road Not Taken”

Recently W3 students read the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken” and wrote short essays about it. Read a couple below…

My Better Decision 

by Carmen

In November 2010, my best friend was in trouble. He was going through a very difficult time, and asked me for help.   He was always there for me in my worst moments, he was always a support, and now he needed me. 

I was living in another city, eight hours away from him. I asked for permission at my job, but my boss denied it. He really has been the worst boss I have ever had. 

So, I found myself between a rock and a hard place. I had two paths; one of them was to help my friend and lose my job, and the other path was, to keep my job and fail the person who had helped and supported me the most. 

At the end, the balance tipped towards friendship. 

I went to help my friend, and during that week that I was with him, I met who is now my current husband. He was on vacation in Honduras in those days.  It was love at first sight!!

From that day until today, I think that having taken that path has been one of the best decisions of my life. Having been loyal to a good friendship it rewards me with the life that I now have. I am not only married to a wonderful man who brought me to this great country, but also I had my lovely son with him. 

My life took a 360-degree turn, and I don’t want to imagine what would have happened if I had chosen the other path. 

On Robert Frost’s Poem

by Xiaolin

Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” is a reflection of our lives because we are always faced with choices in our lives. Choosing between the forks in the road in the woods is like choosing between different directions in life.

When I was about 20 years old I was faced with two different paths in life, whether to stay in my native country, or to broaden my horizons by getting out of my country and continue my education. Finally, I chose to immigrate to the United States to study, which put me on a very different path than my friend. Using English as a language of study was an adventure for me.

Nowadays, I am struggling to finish my college assignments and trying hard to keep myself on track just like my other classmates, who are the native English speakers. I agree that no matter which path you take, you will always regret not taking the other one. Sometimes I wonder if the path of immigrating for education will lead to success at the end, or if I stay in my own country will be a better development of career. But I know I should not regret or complain, but I should take responsibility for my choice and do my best to finish this path I chose.

To read Robert Frost’s poem, click here!

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