UC Must-Reads: How immigrants helped save New York City

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Tom Wright of the NY Daily News penned an excellent opinion piece on how immigrants have resuscitated New York City and the nation repeatedly. Mr. Wright posits correctly that contrary to the ramblings of Tyrant Trump, immigrants are not the problem but the solution. Check it out ASAP.

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Uptown Video: The TODAY Show Visits The People’s Theatre Project

The TODAY Show recently came Uptown for a segment on how Lin-Manuel Miranda’s childhood playground became a stage for kids. The segment featured the indispensable People’s Theatre Project who were instrumental in that endeavor. With that said, click below and check it out.

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The Revolution of the Invisible People | Manhattan Times

By Rev. Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker

What is happening in Puerto Rico right now deserves everyone’s attention.

This moment is an important one—for Puerto Ricans, for the Latinx diaspora and all people of color in the United States and the world.

It is important to note the historical significance of this “revolution,” not only in the unprecedented resignation of the Governor, but also, of the day it took place: July 25.

For it was on July 25, 1898, that the United States invaded Puerto Rico; and it was on July 25, 1957, that the Constitution was ratified. It was on July 25, 2019, that Puerto Rico woke up to un nuevo amanecer (a new dawn) having forced into resignation a corrupt governor.

Prohibido olvidar (it is prohibited to forget) also is the historical importance of the location of these events.

For it was in Calle Fortaleza that in 1950, that the Nationalist Party Leader Pedro Albizu Campos was arrested by the United States for standing against its colonial powers. Just hours before his arrest, he was barricaded in his apartment just steps from La Fortaleza, the governor’s mansion, in the company of another Nationalist, Álvaro Rivera-Walker. It has been said that just moments before his arrest he asked, “Alvaro, are we invisible?”

The powerlessness and hopelessness of invisibility is one that fuels revolution.

Today’s reality in Puerto Rico is a microcosm of what is happening in our world right now. It makes me wonder: who is leading us? Who is uniting us? And, after all, that has happened, and continues to happen in Puerto Rico, how are we using our voices to advocate for change?

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UC Must-Reads: This is Puerto Rico’s Moment for Real Change

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One of our heroes over here at the UC, Luis A. Miranda Jr., penned an outstanding piece on what comes next for the island of Puerto Rico in Time. The people of Puerto Rico need to be commended for their glorious display of people power and what people united can do. Maybe we should use some of those lessons against Tyrant Trump. Just a thought. Check it out ASAP.

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Long live the shrew. | Manhattan Times

By Debralee Santos

The conversation these days requires bottom-line denigration, to rise above the churn and swill.

Ricardo Rosselló is the first governor to step down since Puerto Ricans began electing their chief executives in 1947.

As revealed by the Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism, the leaked chat messages between Rosselló and his inner circle number close to 900 pages.

Complete with memes, the group snickers through the daily business of governance – but mostly politics – of Puerto Rico.

The matters they mind range from the mundane, as they arrange details on photo ops, to the macabre, as when joking about feeding the corpses of Hurricane María victims to crows.

There are thousands of words exchanged by the group, who, freed from the yoke of appearances, revel thoroughly in schoolboy smack talk laden with homophobic, misogynistic, and vile comments. “HP” (shorthand for son of a bitch) is bandied about as frequently as “pendejo.”

Everything is a con, a ruse – and everyone, especially the people of Puerto Rico, are the marks.

It’s governance by WWE – a spectacle staged of earnest men at work while backstage, the guffaws and backslaps reign.

You might be excused for thinking that their conspiracy of governance owes more to the cynicism of Vince McMahon and his interdependent ecosystem of naïfs, heroes and villains than to any Machiavellian plot.

For every line read, you think, there’s an emoji for that.

It is no surprise that the greatest derision among these twelve unholy apostles is reserved for the women in their midst – or in their sights.

These include former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, dubbed a “puta,” and San Juan Mayor Yulín Cruz, whom one member of the chat jokes about shooting – a proposed act of state valor for which he is lauded, including by Rosselló directly.

Read more: Long live the shrew. | Manhattan Times

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Spread Love: The Bronx Night Market

BY Yaddy Valerio

The Bronx Night Market is a stellar outdoor festival celebrating local food vendors and merchants in the Bronx. The festivities go down every Saturday from 4 to 10 pm at Fordham Plaza. It is like a Smorgasburg of the Bronx but with sazon.

The Bronx Night Market is the largest celebration of cuisine & culture in the BX. It’s debut season attracted more than 80,000 people. The market boasts over 50+ food, drink, and artisan vendors highlighting the beautiful diversity that the Bronx has to offer. The market also supports up-and-coming vendors and merchants, while simultaneously encouraging visitors from outside of the Bronx to explore the borough.

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