UC Must-Reads: The American polity is cracked, and might collapse. Canada must prepare

If you read one article this week, this should be it. Written by Canadian scholar of violent conflict Thomas Homer-Dixon, the article is a disturbing missive on the possibility that, “By 2025, American democracy could collapse, causing extreme domestic political instability, including widespread civil violence. By 2030, if not sooner, the country could be governed by a right-wing dictatorship.” Click below and read the rest.

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Call For Submissions: 2022 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest

Once again it’s on. Listen up familia, the indispensable NoMAA has put out the call for submissions for the 2022 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest. This is a big deal for artists that make Uptown their home. Not only will you get your work in front of untold numbers of your Uptown peers but you will also receive a $1,250 honorarium. That’s right so make sure you bring your A Game and start submitting. You have until March 27, 2022.

For more info: Call For Submissions: 2022 Uptown Arts Stroll Poster Contest

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week: Tunnel Vision

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Pass on prosecution | Bronx Free Press

By Gregg McQueen

Not on his watch.

New Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg does not plan to prosecute offenses like transit fare evasion, prostitution and marijuana misdemeanors.

In a memo sent to staff members on January 3, Bragg outlined changes to charging, bail, plea and sentencing policies that would advance the goals of “safety and fairness” and focus the office on prosecuting violent crime.

“Data, and my personal experiences, show that reserving incarceration for matters involving significant harm will make us safer,” Bragg wrote in the memo.

He also called for greater investments in diversion programs and alternatives to incarceration and a reduction in pretrial incarceration.

“These policy changes not only will, in and of themselves, make us safer; they also will free up prosecutorial resources to focus on violent crime,” Bragg wrote.

He said marijuana misdemeanors, trespassing, fare evasion and resisting arrest will not be prosecuted, unless also accompanied by a felony charge.

Read more: Pass on prosecution | Bronx Free Press

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BP releases plan to address Omicron surge | Manhattan Times

Do better.

Voicing concerns about the number of Covid infections and hospitalizations in New York City, new Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine has released a 16-point plan to slow the spread of Omicron.

Levine, formerly the Health Committee Chair of the New York City Council, was sworn in as Borough President on New Year’s Day.

On January 3, Levine took to social media to unveil his proposal to combat the Omicron surge, noting that hospitalizations were above 5,000 per day for the first time since 2020, and the city was logging 40,000 new Covid cases per day.

“We need to manage Covid to the point where it’s no longer a crisis,” Levine said in a January 3 email to New Yorkers. “We need to act now to slow this wave, to protect hospitals, and support people who are sick.”

Read more: BP releases plan to address Omicron surge | Manhattan Times

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Black Comic Book Festival Returns January 13—15, 2022

The Black Comic Book Festival Is Turning 10! The 2022 Black Comic Book Festival marks a decade of bringing together animators, Blerds, bloggers, cosplay lovers, fans, families, illustrators, independent publishers, and writers to celebrate Black comic books and graphic novels and provides a platform to get the works directly to readers. This annual event features panel discussions, workshops, cosplay showcases, and highlights the work of creators from across the country.

Due to the changing circumstances with regards to COVID cases, the Black Comic Book Festival, which will take place January 13—15, will now be fully virtual.

Register Here: Black Comic Book Festival Returns January 13—15, 2022

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Call to Artists: Art in the Education Lab Commission for Spring 2022

The Zuckerman Institute is seeking an artist to produce commissioned work for their Art in the Education Lab program. Zuckerman particularly welcomes submissions from artists in Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. There is no fee to apply.

About the Program

  • Budget: $10,000, inclusive of all costs related to the project, including but not limited to artist fee and expenses, supplies and installation
  • Release date: December 17, 2021
  • Deadline: January 17, 2022 (11:59pm EST)
  • Shortlisted artists will be notified by January 31, 2021
  • Eligibility: Any artist living and working within New York City

For more: Call to Artists: Art in the Education Lab Commission for Spring 2022

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