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August 15- No Ashes in the Fire: Darnell L. Moore

 

UPDATE: We finally rescheduled with Darnell L. Moore! Come Word Up: Community Bookshop – Libreria Comunitaria Wednesday, August 15 to hear him in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith.

When Darnell L. Moore was fourteen, three boys from his neighborhood tried to set him on fire. They cornered him while he was walking home from school, harassed him because they thought he was gay, and poured a jug of gasoline on him. He escaped, but just barely. It wasn’t the last time he would face death.

What happens to the black boys who come of age in neglected, heavily policed, and economically desperate cities that the War on Drugs and mass incarceration have created? How do they learn to live, love, and grow up? Where should they turn when history rejects their very existence? Darnell explores these questions in his memoir NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: COMING OF AGE BLACK AND FREE IN AMERICA.

In bold and inspiring prose, Darnell traces his life from his childhood in Camden, a city scarred by uprisings and repression; to his search for intimacy in the gay neighborhoods of Philadelphia; and, finally, to the movements in Newark, Brooklyn, and Ferguson where he found his voice and his calling as a leading organizer with Black Lives Matter, a movement that recognized him and insisted that his life counted. Moore reminds us that liberation is possible if we commit ourselves to fighting for it, and if we dream and create futures where those who survive on society’s edges can thrive.

At Word Up, Darnell will be in conversation with Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times–bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education. Books will be available for sale at the bookshop, and are also available online on our website: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781568589480.                                             The event will be introduced by Memphis Washington, founder of the Q&T Meetup at Word Up.

Reading: NO ASHES IN THE FIRE: Darnell L. Moore                                              Wednesday, August 15, 2018                                                                                              6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                      Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                               2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.                                                                          New York NY 10032

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August 2-ZONED OUT!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City

Join us for a book presentation by editor Tom Angotti, one of the editors (with Sylvia Morse) of Zoned Out!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City.

Gentrification and displacement of low-income communities of color are major issues in New York City and the city’s zoning policies are a major cause. Race matters but the city ignores it when shaping land use and housing policies. The city promises “affordable housing” that is not truly affordable. Zoned Out! shows how this has played in Williamsburg, Harlem and Chinatown, neighborhoods facing massive displacement of people of color. It looks at ways the city can address inequalities, promote authentic community-based planning and develop housing in the public domain.

Tom Angotti is Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College, the Graduate Center, and City University of New York, and Director of the Hunter College Center for Community Planning & Development. He is author of New York For Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, which won the 2009 Davidoff Book Award.                                                                                          —-

Únase a nosotros a la presentación del editor Tom Angotti, uno de los editores (junto con Sylvia Morse) de Zoned out!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City.

La gentrificación y el desplazamiento de las comunidades de color de bajos ingresos, son problematicas de importancia en la Cd. de Nueva York, y las regulaciones de zonificación urbanas son una de las causas principales. La etnicidad importa pero la ciudad la ignora cuando determina el uso del suelo y las regulaciones de vivienda. La ciudad promete “vivienda asequible” que no es realmente asequible. Zoned out! muestra como esto ha afectado en Williamsburg, Harlem y Chinatown, vecindarios que enfrentan el desplazamiento masivo de la gente de color. Zoned Out! considera los métodos en que la ciudad puede abordar las desigualdades, fomentando la planificación y el desarrollo de vivienda basados genuinamente en la comunidad y la opinion pública.
Tom Angotti es professor de Planificación y Política Urbanas en Hunter College, en el Centro de Postgrado y en la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York, y es director del Centro de Planificación y Desarrollo Comunitarios de Hunter College. Es autor de New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, el cual ganó el premio Davidoff Book Award 2009.

 

ZONED OUT!: Race, Displacement, and City Planning in New York City                                                                                                                              Thursday, August 2, 2018                                                                                                     6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                                New York NY 10032

July 25- Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust Open Meeting

¿Le interesa el control comunitario de nuestro terreno?

Venga a participar en una conversación informal con la Cooperativa Terreno de Alto Manhattan [Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust] sobre la posibilidad de iniciar una cooperativa terreno en Alto Manhattan.

¿Qué significa una cooperativa de terreno?                                                                       Una cooperativa de terreno (CLT) es                                                                                 – una corporación comunitaria sin fines de lucro                                                           – un compromiso con la administración permanente y la asequibilidad de viviendas y otros edificios ubicados en su terreno                                                          – abierta tanto a todxs quienes alquilan terreno de la CLT como a quienes residen dentro de la zona geográfica que administra la CLT

Oradorxs invitadxs: Miembrxs de la Cooperativa de Terreno de East Harlem/El Barrio

Coordinado por la Cooperativa de Terreno de Alto Manhattan [Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust (NMCLT)], miembra de la Iniciativa Cooperativa de NYC [NYC Community Land Initiative]. www.facebook.com/NMCLT

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Are you interested in community control of our land? Join Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust for an informal discussion about starting a Community Land Trust uptown.

What is a Community Land Trust?                                                                                   A Community Land Trust is                                                                                                – a nonprofit, community-based corporation                                                                   – committed to the permanent stewardship of land and the permanent affordability of housing and other buildings located upon its land                            – open to anyone who leases land from the CLT and to anyone who resides within the geographic area that is served by the CLT

Guest speakers: Members of the East Harlem/El Barrio Community Land Trust Organized by the Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust, a member of the NYC Community Land Initiative (www.nyccli.org). Learn more at facebook.com/NMCLT.

Cooperativa Terreno de Alto Manhattan/Northern Manhattan Community Land Trust Open Meeting                                                                                               Miércoles, 25 de julio 2018/Wednesday, July 25, 2018                                            6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                 Word Up Community Bookshop                                                                                    2113 Avenida Amsterdam (esquina de la calle 165)/2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.

26 de Julio- Todo Parecía: poesia contemporanea cubana y cubanoamericana sobre diversos temas LGBTQ

Primera antología de poesía cubana y cubanoamericana sobre temas diversos (familia, sociedad, afectividad, creación, redes de inspiración, identidad, etc.) relacionados con la condición LGBTQ. Los editores son Jesus J. Barquet y Virgilio López Lemus. Entre los 42 autores incluidos están Richard Blanco, Magali Alabau, Manuel Adrian Lopez, Maya Islas, Achy Obejas, Alina Galliano, Amauri Gutiérrez Coto, Reinaldo García Ramos, Abilio Estévez, Antón Arrufat, Damaris Calderón, Isel Rivero, Jorge Garcia de la Fe, Lina de Feria, Emilio Bejel, Carlos Pintado, Yosie Crespo, Mabel Cuesta, Odette Alonso, Alberto Lauro, Nelson Simón, Yoandy Cabrera, Norge Espinosa, Nelson Diaz de Villegas y Frank Padron.

Todo Parecía: poesia contemporanea cubana y cubanoamericana sobre diversos temas LGBTQ                                                                                                              Jueves 26 de julio, 2018                                                                                                      6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                  Librería Comunitaria Word Up                                                                                      2113 Av. Amsterdam @ calle 165                                                                                       Nueva York NY 10032

July 19- Love War Stories: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker

Join Word Up Community Bookshop and Feminist Press in launching Love War Stories, by debut writer Ivelisse Rodriguez, which documents how “love wars” break out between generations of Puerto Rican women, as individuals find themselves caught between community expectation, violence, and grief. Ivelisse is the fiction editor at Kweli Journal.

At Word Up, she will be in conversation with literary programmer Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, and editor of the forthcoming Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology.

Books will be available for sale, or you can preorder one here: https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781936932252. Thank you for supporting the author and Word Up!

Reading: LOVE WAR STORIES: Ivelisse Rodriguez in conversation with Jennifer Baker                                                                                                                Thursday, July 19, 2018                                                                                                     6:30–8:30pm                                                                                                                   Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                                           2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                                New York NY 10032