Things to Note… – Issue 72

September 13-19, 2019
Edition 72

Minnesota Latinx Insights

This Weekly Newsletter shares local and national trends and events of interest to the Latinx community and those who feel Latinx.

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CLUES: Gala Latina

Celebrating Latino Leadership & Culture

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

Silent Auction at 5 pm • Dinner and program to follow
Black tie optional

Join CLUES in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Gala Latina! Enjoy an evening to celebrate and socialize with more than 500 Latino business and community leaders and commemorate the impact of Latino leadership and culture in Minnesota.

Honoring Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez
The first and only Latina Mayor in Minnesota and in the Midwest


As the Mayor of the City of Richfield, Mayor Regan Gonzalez is leading efforts to promote a more inclusive government amidst widening disparities and racial inequities, prioritizing affordable housing, civic engagement, health equity, and inclusive decision-making.

As a changemaker, Mayor Regan Gonzalez organized residents in the City of Richfield to move from hope for the city to action, and that mobilization secured her election as City Council Member in 2016 and as Mayor in 2018. Maria also co-founded La Red Latina de Educación Temprana, a network of over 300 Latina childcare providers working to change Minnesota’s early childhood system to include Latino parents so that they could also raise healthy and school-ready children.

As a 2019 Bush Foundation Fellow, Mayor Regan Gonzalez is leading efforts to build new ways to create room for more voices in decision-making and embody alternative models of governance that unify diverse groups of people.

Mayor Regan Gonzalez is a Bi-National Public Service Fellow of the 2019 Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and was named a 2018 Changemaker by the Minnesota Women’s Press.

Don’t miss your chance to hear Maria’s inspiring story and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with more than 500 business and community leaders! Click here to purchase your ticket or sponsor a table.

Spotlight On…

From celebrities to CEOs, from scientists to young activists and scholars, meet the #NBCLatino20 who are using their voice, talent and passion to empower our communities and show that America’s strength lies in our diversity. The 2019 list includes A voice for El Paso, Richard Parker, Empowering youth’s political power, Sarah Audelo and High fashion’s proud Afro-Latina, Lineisy Montero. ¡Fantástica!
Speaking of the spotlight on…this Hispanic Heritage Month, the HuffPost asked entrepreneurs to share how they use their companies to honor their heritage. When these Latinx entrepreneurs looked at the landscape of wellness, beauty, clothing, books and even stickers, they saw a gap in Latinx representation — and an opportunity to fix it. Read the stories from these nine Latinx small business owners who view their work as an opportunity to celebrate culture and serve their community.

Music to Our Ears

Meet the Puerto Rican rapper, writer, and filmmaker Rene Perez Joglar, known professionally as Residente, who is partnering with scientists to create music with brain patterns. The Puerto Rican performer said he studied intensely with professors at Yale University and New York University to read brain patterns in worms, mice, monkeys, fruit flies and even hitmaker Bad Bunny to create his second solo project. “I wanted to prove to the people that even though we are different in certain ways, we can connect with our brain frequencies,” Residente said. ¡Increíble!

Speaking of powerful musicians, Ella Fitzgerald Is influencing a new generation of Latinx musicians even two decades after her death. As one of the most beloved singers of the 20th century, Ella Fitzgerald was admired around the world. As an acrobatic vocalist, revered performer and scatting phenom, Fitzgerald and her musical genius cast a long and storied shadow. Twenty years later, Fitzgerald’s influence is still being felt today — not just in jazz, but across all kinds of genres. Latinx musicians Mabiland and Daymé Arocena feel that influence. They both mention Fitzgerald in their official bios and both say they feel a strong connection to the legend’s music and it has helped shaped their music tremendously.

Things to Note…

Kyle Samejima, executive director of Minneapolis Climate Action, which received a grant in partnership with the Kingfield Neighborhood Association, said rotting food waste releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas. With their grant funding, Minneapolis Climate Action and the Kingfield Neighborhood Association have provided organics-recycling education to English-as-a-second-language classes and have worked with Latinx churches to raise awareness about organics recycling, Samejima said. This is just one part of a series of $10,000 grants from Hennepin County help with outreach, education and its organics recycling in the future.

Speaking of things to note, don’t miss these 21 great books By Latinx writers that are a must on your fall reading list. From young adult fiction books to adult books, ranging from unhappy childhoods to teen adventures with fictional gods and prophecies – there is sure to be something for everyone.


We’re Queen B and Aya. Communications Specialists at NewPublica by day, and professional werewolves by night. Have articles you would like to share or general suggestions? Feel free to shoot us an email at Or subscribe below to keep up with all the latest news.


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