The Political Side

More than 200 Latinx celebrities, activists, and other prominent public figures—including Selena Gomez (pictured above), Jennifer Lopez, and Eva Longoria—joined forces to sign and publish an open letter to the Latinx community on Friday, following ongoing ICE raids, the continuing separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico border, and the recent mass shooting in El Paso. The letter, titled “Querida Familia Latina,” or “Dear Latinx Family,” and written in both Spanish and English, was published in the New York Times, El Nuevo Herald, El Diario, and La Opinión on Friday, August 16. Their overall message is one of love, solidarity, and action, and they call on the public to speak up against hate, donate resources as possible to organizations that support the Latinx community, and “hold our leaders accountable.”

Speaking of joining forces, three states have come together to attempt to block an effort from the Trump administration to limit pathways to citizenship for certain legal immigrants. New York, Connecticut and Vermont are suing to block Trump’s public charge rule. The three Northeastern states argue that the new public charge rule “intentionally discriminates against Latino immigrants and immigrants of color.” Immigrants seeking to change their legal immigration status and who are enrolled in publicly funded programs such as food stamps and public health insurance could be deemed a “public charge” under the new rulestarting on Oct. 15.

The City of Minneapolis’ Latinx employee resource group, iSOMOS!, also banded together last Monday, as they held a moment of silence at City Hall to remember the victims of the El Paso and Dayton shootings.

Art & Entertainment

As the summer winds down, don’t miss Los Dells Festival, the first major Latin Music & Arts Festival in the Midwest and the largest Latin Music Festival in the U.S.! The festival is a multi-cultural experience for fans of Latin music just outside one of the largest family-friendly entertainment destinations in the Midwest: The Wisconsin Dells. With art installations, a vast culinary program, and a heavy hitting lineup, festival attendees are in for an unforgettable experience. Get your tickets and more information here for the best weekend of the summer!

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month in September, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) will put the spotlight on the Latinx and Hispanic community this year at their annual festival on September 14 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. NFMLA has partnered with for their annual NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Film Festival InFocus: Latinx & Hispanic Cinema Festival. The fest will include a lineup of local and international films by world-class emerging filmmakers from Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Australia, Canada and the United States across three short film programs. ¡Fantástico!

Are video games more your form of entertainment? According to popular video game blogger Joshua Rivera, there’s a Latinx void at the heart of video games, in regards to a lack of diversity among game creators. In his latest post, Rivera writes that “being present is not the same as being seen (by game creators). This is what people mean when they say diverse games are nice, but diverse studios are better. It’s more important to have games made by people from different backgrounds who are empowered to make decisions that are felt in finished games.”

Culture Matters


RÍO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — On an island that imports over 80 percent of the food it consumes, Francisco Castro aspired to have his own farm, where he could grow fruits and vegetables that are 100 percent free of pesticides and chemicals. His vision came to life five years ago when he founded HidrOrgánica. He now sells the produce he grows to local residents, restaurants and Freshmart, a chain of organic grocery stores on the island. Hurricane Maria brought devastation to Puerto Rico in 2017, destroying most of the island’s crops. But Castro saw an opportunity to expand his farm’s operation to include tobacco. “He who controls the seeds controls life,” Castro, 29, said. This Artisanal tobacco industry shows sparks of potential in Puerto Rico after the devastation. ¡Increíble!As the summer in Minneapolis winds down, don’t miss these highlights from the Latinx performances last weekend at Caponi Art Park’s Summer Performance Studios and more upcoming performances from local groups!. Electric Machete Studios (a Twin Cities artist-run collective) performed alongside other Latinx Twin Cities groups.

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