El Alto: A Matter of Time

BY John Paul Infante

Photo: @sharesef | IG

How does one begin?

Francis Mateo’s El Alto is having a release party at Word Up Bookstore on August 11th at 3PM.

Or should I begin…

Francis Mateo’s El Alto had a release party at Word Up Bookstore last Saturday.

Or what if you’re reading this on Saturday around 3PM?

Francis Mateo’s El Alto is currently being celebrated at Word Up right now.

I’m not sure.

I’m writing this before the event at Word UP, so I’ll write about it as if it hasn’t happened.

Francis Mateo will be joined by poet, Annabelle Gonzalez, and music journalist Max “Drlacxos” Cueto. The event, organized by the Dominican Writer’s Association, like the book itself is about a neighborhood that was and a neighborhood that is still becoming. That’s the shit that hurts. Contrary to what many of us living in El Alto felt or thought, El Alto has never stopped and will never stop changing. Considering the City Council’s recent passing a rezoning plan in Inwood, Mateo’s El Alto, based on the Youtube series of the same name, is in many ways now a historical document.

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Nine arrested during march against rezoning plan | Manhattan Times

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar

Tensions over the planned Inwood rezoning came to a boil on Monday evening, as community members staged a rally and march against the latest iteration of the plan, and called on the City Council to vote no.

Protestors assembled under the 1 train stop at Dyckman Street, then marched throughout the neighborhood, wielding chants and signs that implored local Councilmember Ydanis Rodríguez to further modify the plan to benefit the community.

As the contingent reached the intersection of Broadway and Dyckman, several protestors locked arms and sat down in the street, blocking traffic. Police arrested nine people – eight Inwood residents, and one from East Harlem. Most of the protestors were released later in the evening.

“I love Inwood, and can’t stand by while it’s sold off to the highest bidder,” said Clay Smith, one of the arrestees. “We have to hold our elected officials accountable, and stand up for what’s important.”

The march eventually ended up at the Riverside-Inwood Neighborhood Garden (RING), where several protestors set up an encampment they dubbed “Ydanisville.”

Several activists spent the night there in protest of the rezoning plan.

Read more: Nine arrested during march against rezoning plan | Manhattan Times

Related: Protestors rally against Inwood rezoning plan, say it will price them out of neighborhood | PIX 11

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Protestors rally against Inwood rezoning plan, say it will price them out of neighborhood | PIX 11

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Protestors fighting against a proposal to rezone parts of Inwood marched through the neighborhood’s streets Monday night.

At one point things got so heated, multiple protestors were arrested. They are concerned the Northern Manhattan neighborhood will loose affordable housing and small businesses.

Read more: Protestors rally against Inwood rezoning plan, say it will price them out of neighborhood | PIX 11

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Community gathers for anti-hate vigil | Manhattan Times

Story and photos by Gregg McQueen and Desiree Johnson

Sign off.

Northern Manhattan took a stand against hate on Tuesday night, as about 200 people gathered in Fort Tryon Park for a vigil against racism and xenophobia – specifically responding to banners recently hung by a white supremacist group in the park.

Organized by Congressman Adriano Espaillat, the rally was the community’s pushback to the actions of Identity Evropa, who marched through Fort Tryon on Sat., July 28 and unfurled a massive banner over the Henry Hudson Parkway that read “Stop the Invasion – End Immigration.”

The group, which also staged a provocation downtown at the Mexican consulate, posted photos of its park action on Twitter, with the message: “We will not stand by while we are replaced in the land of our forefathers – this country is ours.”

An outraged uptown community quickly responded, as elected officials, faith leaders and local residents assembled on the Billings Lawn to take a stand against racism and anti-immigrant sentiment.

Read more: Community gathers for anti-hate vigil | Manhattan Times

Related: The Far Right Comes To The Heights

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The Far Right Comes To The Heights

BY Led Black (@Led_Black)

Say it ain’t so. The far right comes to the Heights. That’s right people; White Supremacist group Identity Evropa came Uptown to Fort Tryon Park on Saturday, July 28 after staging a provocation downtown at the Mexican consulate. They hung a massive banner in the park that could be seen from the Henry Hudson Parkway that read “Stop The Invasion – End Immigration.” According to folks on Twitter, the group harassed people in the park and let off smoke bombs on their way to hanging the banner. Do not let the childish antics fool you; this group is provocative and dangerous. They were among the many groups that participated in the Unite The Right rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia and rocked the nation last year. They proudly posted pictures on their Twitter feed (@IdentityEvropa) of their nefarious activity in our treasured Fort Tryon Park. Their message on social media was clear and unequivocal. “We will not stand by while we are replaced in the land of our forefathers-this country is ours.” This is profoundly disturbing to say the least.

We can no longer pretend that we are immune to The Trump Effect. The ill winds of bigotry are now blowing through our backyard. The White Supremacist in the Oval Office has emboldened the worst elements of this society and has opened up a Pandora’s box of hatred, racism and xenophobia. This is, nothing less than, a fight for the soul of our nation. The question becomes: How will we respond?

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Spread Love: Tickets On Sale Now For HBO Presents The New York Latino Film Festival

It may already be too late by the time you read this. But it is worth a shot. Hit up www.nylatinofilmfestival.com to get your tickets to the premiere urban Latino film event in the country. Besides the incredible opening night film, Ruben Blades Is Not My Name, which is a deeply personal and moving documentary about Salsa Legend Ruben Blades and his struggle to come to terms with his legacy, The New York Latino Film Festival boasts a whole host of great films from all over the world as well as world class panels and events. Our very own Led Black is the Social Media Manager for the festival.

Get TIX: www.nylatinofilmfestival.com

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