Author: Justin Fair

Jews and the word ‘race’

Found this gem of an article, though the title misses how we use the term ‘race’ today. So many connotations. Here are some good snippets.

“Jews in particular can find threads of our ancestry literally anywhere, muddying traditional categories of nationhood, ethnicity, religious belief and “race.” Why, then, are Jews so different looking, usually sharing the characteristics of the surrounding populations? Think of red-haired Jews, Jews with blue eyes or the black Jews of Africa. Like any cluster — a genetic term Ostrer uses in place of the more inflammatory “race” — Jews throughout history moved around and fooled around, although mixing occurred comparatively infrequently until recent decades. Although there are identifiable gene variations that are common among Jews, we are not a “pure” race. The time machine of our genes may show that most Jews have a shared ancestry that traces back to ancient Palestine but, like all of humanity, Jews are mutts.”

“About 80% of Jewish males and 50% of Jewish females trace their ancestry back to the Middle East. The rest entered the “Jewish gene pool” through conversion or intermarriage. Those who did intermarry often left the faith in a generation or two, in effect pruning the Jewish genetic tree. But many converts became interwoven into the Jewish genealogical line. Reflect on the iconic convert, the biblical Ruth, who married Boaz and became the great-grandmother of King David. She began as an outsider, but you don’t get much more Jewish than the bloodline of King David!”

DNA links prove Jews are a ‘race,’ says genetics expert

In his new book, “Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People,” Harry Ostrer, a medical geneticist and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, claims that Jews are different, and the differences are not just skin deep. Jews exhibit, he writes, a distinctive genetic signature.

Justin Fair on Twitter

An in depth article! I’d 2nd that we’re not a Race in the modern use of the word re: census & visual commonality @KosherSoul “Jews in prtculr can find threads of our ancestry literally anywhr, muddying tradtnl categories of nationhd, ethnicity, religious belief & “race.”” t.co/K3l5uFJOqL

Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Should Be Illegal – The Atlantic

“We need a national truce, both within states and between states,” said Amy Liu, the director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. “There should be no more poaching of private companies with public funds.” But how would the United States ban states and local governments from poaching jobs from one another, or from giving tax dollars to private corporations?

Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Isn’t Just Shameful-It Should Be Illegal

Was this national auction nothing more than a scripted drama to raise the value of the inevitable winning bid? And did the retailer miss an opportunity to revitalize a midwestern city by choosing to enrich the already-rich East Coast? All good questions. But here’s the big one: Why the hell are U.S.

How are you?

Hello hello, well, you may or may not know had sprained my left ankle and broke a bone in my foot! Luckily, it’s been about 4 or so weeks and I traded in a pair of crutches for a peg leg of the future! I am hoping that I will be healed up in a couple of weeks. Aside from my physical problem of becoming an old man, things have been pretty good! Still working in the nonprofit Community Development sector and still in grad school for urban planning and just yesterday I bake a cherry pie from scratch! How are you?

Searching for Opportunities in Urban Planning and in Community Development

I wear many hats: Artistically, you may know me as a graphic designer, painter and artist. As I’ve grown, I’ve honed my interests and work as a community organizer with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and I study City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University, focusing on Urban Design and Economic Development.

As such, I am eager to get better involved by volunteering, giving, and familiarizing myself with community development organizations and urban planning firms within the City of Baltimore. I’m open to projects like:

  • Community Profiling and Scoping Neighborhood Plans
  • Framing branding statements, promotional text and fliers
  • Database development to help list local resources
  • Research and write historical narratives
  • Site visit and tour neighborhoods
  • Sit on committees and offer insights

I am also on-the-job-hunt! Please contact me if you know of an opportunity that may interest me.

Memberships

I am active in my community on three fronts: volunteering, financial donations, and employed engagement. I give yearly or monthly to the following organizations. They typically fit into these categories: city and regional planning, Judaism, African-American studies, the arts and humanities, and health and wellness. For an additional list of companies, influencers and associations that grab my interest, browse my Twitter Lists.

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Haven’t been logging my way workouts for weeks now. At least once a week, shame, of ground work, squats, pull up accentrics, treadmill and the bike machine too. Today was near 8 miles on the seated bicycle for an hour five minutes.

Next Month 4/23/18: Health and Vacancy: The Case of Baltimore

Morgan State University’s annual design-health symposium hosted by at the School of Architecture and Planning:

Title: Health and Vacancy: The Case of Baltimore

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018 (5:30pm-8pm)

Organizers: Community, Design, and Health Forum and AIA Baltimore

Sponsor: ZGF Architects

Presentations:

History of Vacancy in Baltimore (Jim Dilts, Architectural Historian)

Public Health Perspective on Vacancy (Joshua Sharfstein, Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health)

Current Policies and Approaches to Address Urban Vacancy (Stephanie Smith, City of Baltimore’s Assistant Director for Equity)

Health, Vacancy, and Advocacy in Baltimore (Jennifer Goold, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Design Center)

Health and Architecture in Contemporary Baltimore (Klaus Philipsen, Principal of Arch Plan, Inc.)

Schedule:

5:30-6:00pm: Reception

6:00-7:00pm: Presentations

7:00-7:45pm: Roundtable

1.5 AIA CES HSW credit will be available.

Address:

CBEIS Building, 5299 Perring Parkway, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland 21251 (visitor parking is available close to the building)

RT @bniajfi: Goal 2: #Vacancy The most evident indicator of population loss in a neighborhood is vacant and abandoned housing; but their ramifications rest on the shoulders of the people who currently live among them…