October 25-31, 2019
Edition 78

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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NewPublica Empathy Workshop: Key Highlights

Last Thursday evening, NewPublica hosted the Empathy Workshop: Best Practices for Leveraging Empathy to Improve Results at their office. It was an engaging and interactive workshop on how to leverage empathy in and out of the workplace to enhance leadership and improve results, and an opportunity to meet and network with other professionals in the Twin Cities. Luis from our team shared some best practices on how to use elements of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in everyday situations to improve connection, communication, and trust. This 90 min Workshop, included a presentation, videos, and roleplay exercises as we went through various scenarios with examples of when and how to use empathy to help build more effective and personal relationships. Want to learn more about how NewPublica uses empathy? Check out our website here.

A Look at Minneapolis

At Festival de las Calaveras, Latinx Minnesotans ‘remember, reflect, and connect with their ancestors. “You’ve got to come to the concert next weekend; lots of great music and dance,” said Deborah Ramos, director of Festival de las Calaveras, the 7-year-old Latinx art and music festival that kicked off the Twin Cities Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration Saturday afternoon at the Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) event center in East St. Paul. To be sure, if Saturday’s soulful-spiritual festivities in St. Paul are any preview, another epic Day of the Dead party is in store on Nov. 2 (6 p.m.-1 a.m.), with seven bands and more performing at La Dona Cerveceria (241 Fremont Ave. N., Mpls.). ¡Fantástico!

In need of more ways to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Minneapolis this weekend? Check out Reventón: Day of the Dead at the Muse Event Center in downtown Minneapolis. Join the party on Friday Nov. 1st form 9pm to 2am for the ultimate Halloween/Dia de los Muertos fiesta! Bring your #Squad and get ready to experience a Latin party like no other. Or check out Una Noche Familiar: Día de los Muertos at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) tomorrow from 5-8 p.m. Visit a community ofrenda (altar) created by artist Monica Vega, and enjoy family-friendly art-making activities, music, dancing, snacks, photo-ops, and more! All activities are free and open to the public!

Is Halloween more your thing? Here’s every Halloween event happening in Minneapolis this week/weekend: and we mean 103 ways to celebrate. The list includes the Latinx Halloween Party 2019, hosted by DJ Angel Ramirez and Escape Latin Parties MN at Union Rooftop and Latinx Halloween Party Weekend on Friday, Nov. 1, 10 p.m. at the Haunted Mansion Uptown, and more!

MSP Film Society: Cine Latino

We’re proud to partner with the MSP Film Society to help present this year’s #CineLatinoMSP, the region’s only celebration of cutting-edge Latin American and Ibero cinema! Returning for its 7th edition from November 1-7 on the Film Society’s Screen #3 at St. Anthony Main Theater. Grab your tickets and get more info here: http://bit.ly/CineLatino2019

Around the World

Puerto Rico is known worldwide for its coffee, but few know that the cocoa produced on the island – a crop affected after Hurricane Maria – enjoys international prestige and is among the best in the world. Recently, the local cocoa- whose cultivation was resumed a little less than a decade ago – was ranked among the best 50 worldwide, for the second consecutive year, by the International Cocoa Awards, an organization that recognizes the work of producers from all over the world. iFabuloso!

Speaking of other notable achievements, Bogota, Colombia’s capital, elected its first woman and lesbian mayor on Sunday in what is being hailed as an important advancement for both women and LGBTQ rights. Claudia López won the race for mayor of Bogota on a platform promising to combat corruption and advance equal rights for minority communities.

The Alianza Verde candidate captured over 1.1 million votes, or about 35 percent of the vote, defeating runner-up Carlos Galán by 2.7 percentage points. Many in the LGBTQ community praised Claudia López’s victory as an important step forward in a country where gay and lesbians still confront harassment.

Let’s take a look at the U.S. and Cuba. Trump’s administration is banning all flights to Cuba other than those to the city of Havana in the latest round of crackdowns on the small island nation. The ban, which goes into effect on Dec. 10, was announced Friday by the Department of Transportation. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao that the flights are being suspended indefinitely because of Cuba’s repression of its people and support for Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro. American Airlines and JetBlue, which fly routes to Cuba other than Havana, will have to submit to new regulations from the Transportation Department.

Did someone say Trump? The Trump administration on Monday extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for thousands of Salvadorans in the United States, granting them reprieve from removal to El Salvador. Read more here.

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Powerful Voices

Last week in the nation’s capital, advocates of dreamers and immigration reform gathered to speak to lawmakers about issues concerning the Latinx community. The Senate Latino Summit featured notable politics but the real people who brought the conversation into hard-hitting waters were celebrity chef José Andrés and actress Eva Longoria. Eva Longoria, who was in also D.C. to attend Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women Summit, spoke directly about her concerns, in particular, the horrific treatment of Latinx by the U.S. government. She is pictured at the event with Melisa Franzen (right), owner of NewPublica, who is also striving for change within the Latinx community.

Another powerful voice to note? This opinion piece from USA Todays Giancarlo Sopo that has taken the internet by storm. “Hispanic Americans face plenty of challenges as it is. The last thing we need are English-speaking progressives ‘wokesplaining’ how to speak Spanish,” writes Sopo, in the popular piece which argues that “progressives, Hispanics are not ‘Latinx.’ Stop trying to anglicize our Spanish language.”


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