UC Must-Reads: The Trump We Did Not Want to See

Jamelle Bouie is one of our favorites of the new crop of opinion columnists at The New York Times. Every column that man does bristles with intensity, intelligence and purpose. He does not mince words and clearly and forcefully gets his point across. Case in point: His latest column entitled The Trump We Did Not Want to See, which succinctly delineates the nonsense that got us into this mess in the first place. He accurately describes Tyrant Trump as “an amoral narcissist with no capacity for reflection or personal growth.” Here is another excerpt from the piece: “He is self-involved, unethical and unstable — a dangerous combination to have for the commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military forces, under pressure from impeachment and a re-election campaign.” Truer words have never been spoken.

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Puerto Rico rocked by major earthquakes | Bronx Free Press

The country has experienced severe seismic events.

The country has experienced severe seismic events.

A series of strong earthquakes – and aftershocks – shook Puerto Rico this week, killing one person and leaving much of the island without power or water.

The largest of these is a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that struck about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, centered off Puerto Rico’s southern coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

One day earlier, a 5.8 magnitude quake occurred off the southwestern coast.

Gov. Wanda Vázquez declared a state of emergency for the island, which is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane María in 2017.

“We have responded to many difficult situations, and here we are once again,” said Vázquez. She said that engineers were working to restore utility service to nearly 300,000 people on Tuesday.

Since Dec. 31st, the country has experienced over 950 seismic events, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Read more: Puerto Rico rocked by major earthquakes | Bronx Free Press

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week: Beware The Fog

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The Magic of the Magi | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

Photos by Cristóbal Vivar

Multi-disciplinary artist Polina Porras Sivolobova has worked on the puppets for over 10 years.

Multi-disciplinary artist Polina Porras Sivolobova has worked on the puppets for over 10 years.

It’s a life line.

The annual revelry includes rows of eager school children processing beside live camels, large-scale puppets, and men and women in royal garb.

Hosted by El Museo del Barrio, the parade marks the birth of Christ and is highlighted by youth marching bands, musicians and dancers.

“It’s a life parade — it celebrates the birth of Christ, the birth of a child,” explained Jesús “Papoleto” Meléndez. “Because of all the diverse communities here in New York, it just enriches everything.”

The East Harlem poet and activist was carted around on a bicycle as the parade’s King Emeritus, has participated in the parade since 1995.

Meléndez said the event resonates with people because it signifies hope and renewal.

Now in its 43rd year, the parade has become an iconic occasion in the neighborhood.

Read more: The Magic of the Magi | Manhattan Times

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Uptown Video: Washington Heights Town Hall Against Anti-Semitism

PIX 11 News came Uptown last week for the Washington Heights town hall on the disturbing rise of Anti-Semitism. An encouraging sign is that many that attended were not Jewish but were concerned and terrified for their neighbors nonetheless. Solidarity is the only way forward.

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The Uptown Tweet of the Week: Unity

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Leaders pledge unity after anti-Semitic attacks | Manhattan Times

By Gregg McQueen

Rev. Al Sharpton gathered leaders at National Action Network.

Rev. Al Sharpton gathered leaders at National Action Network.

A united front.‎

Black and Jewish community leaders and elected officials gathered in solidarity on Monday to express unity in the wake of an anti-Semitic hate crime in a Rockland County.

On Saturday evening, December 28, a machete-wielding man injured five people after entering a rabbi’s home during a Hanukkah celebration in the town of Monsey, located about 25 miles from New York City. It capped a week during which featured several other incidents in the city, which are being investigated as hate crimes.

At a press conference at his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem, Reverend Al Sharpton, who organized the gathering, said it was important for the black community to speak out against anti-Semitism the same as it would against attacks on blacks.

“We cannot remain silent as we see a consistent pattern of attacks against people based on their faith and based on who they are,” remarked Sharpton.

“You can’t fight hate against you unless you’re willing to fight hate against everyone else,” he said. “You cannot be anti-hate and pro-civil rights only one way.”

Noting that black suspects have been charged with several recent anti-Semitic attacks, including the one in Monsey, Sharpton said the black community must denounce the crimes to avoid reviving old tensions between blacks and Jews in New York City.

Read more: Leaders pledge unity after anti-Semitic attacks | Manhattan Times

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