Rep. Espaillat tests positive for COVID-19 | Manhattan Times

Rep. Adriano Espaillat has tested positive for coronavirus, he announced on Twitter on Thursday.

Espaillat said that he tested positive despite receiving both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I am following guidance from my physician and quarantining at home after having tested positive for COVID-19,” the Congressman tweeted.

“I received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week and understand the [effects] take time. I have continued to be tested regularly, wear my mask and follow the recommended guidelines,” he said.

The announcement came one day after Espaillat gave a speech on the House floor, advocating for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Read more: Rep. Espaillat tests positive for COVID-19 | Manhattan Times

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UC Must-Reads: American Exceptionalism Is Getting You Killed

Make no mistake about it, there was an attempted coup in the United States of America earlier this week. It may have failed, but nonetheless, an insurrectionist mob instigated by Donald Trump attacked and ransacked the Capitol Building as the very act of certifying the election was taking place. This was a blow to our democracy. We are not in the clear yet. As always, Indi Samarajiva breaks down our perilous situation with brilliance, insight and without mincing words.

This is just a taste…

“America is wholly unprepared to defend itself against its greatest threat, which is white America. Your intelligence services merrily drone an ‘Allahu akbar’ from 10,000 miles away but won’t track public Facebook events in their own city. Your security forces are more likely to join white terrorists than to resist them. Your cops and and border police are the same, they’re offensive forces pointed at brown and black people. When it comes to the actual threats America faces, your ‘defenses’ are more likely to turn against you than help.”

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Trader Joe’s signs Harlem lease | Manhattan Times

The retail stores will be located at 21 West 125th Street. Photo: Beyer Blinder Belle

It’s T-and-T time in Harlem.

The popular grocery food chain Trader Joe’s has announced that is has signed a lease to open a 28,000-square-foot store on 125th Street in Harlem, joining Target, which is planning a 44,000-square-foot store as another anchor retail tenant at the same site.

Trader Joe’s, known for health-conscious fare at relatively inexpensive prices, signed the lease at 21 West 125th Street on January 6.

The deal was signed with developers The Prusik Group, BRP Companies, L+M Development Partners and Taconic Partners.

The store will be situated in the lower level of the Urban League Empowerment Center, a massive development that will also include the new headquarters and conference center for the National Urban League as well as the Urban Civil Rights Experience Museum, New York State’s first civil rights museum.

Read more: Trader Joe’s signs Harlem lease | Manhattan Times

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To Latinx Or Not To Latinx?

Back in 2017 NBC Latino went out to the streets of New York to ask people what they thought about the term Latinx. Most people they encountered had not heard of the term. It seems that has not changed much since then. According to an August 2020 Pew Research Center study only about one-in-four U.S. Hispanics have heard of Latinx and just 3% of them use it. What are your thoughts familia? How do you feel about the term #Latinx?

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Latinos lead overdose death rates: city health data | Bronx Free Press

“Every fatal overdose is preventable.”

New data released by the city’s health officials on December 30 reveal that New York City had 440 overdose deaths from January to March 2020 – 41 more deaths than the previous highest quarter.

The uptick is in line with an increase in overdose deaths seen nationwide.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped New York City, overdose deaths were at record levels, consistent with national trends,” said Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi. “This has been a tragedy leading into a crisis. Every fatal overdose is preventable and we will continue our work to keep our fellow New Yorkers alive.”

And for the second consecutive year, Latino New Yorkers had the highest rate of drug overdose deaths.

Read more: Latinos lead overdose death rates: city health data | Bronx Free Press

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week: #ThankYouTwitter

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Go Fund Me Spotlight: Fire on Post Ave

A Word From The Organizers:

Earlier this week our neighbors at 74-78 Post Avenue suffered a devastating fire. 35 adults and 16 children have been displaced and many lost everything. We are blessed that no one was seriously hurt or injured. As these families begin to build back we have come together to assist with basic necessities, food, clothing, and furniture. Due to concerns with COVID-19 we are not taking material donations and instead ask our community to be as generous as possible given the hard financial realities we are all facing. During these difficult times, we only have each other to lean on, your donation will go a long way in supporting these families. Thank you!

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