November 1-7, 2019
Edition 79

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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The Results Are In

The White House’s anti-immigrant remarks are taking a toll on Latinos in the U.S., whether they be citizens or undocumented immigrants, a new study concludes. In a survey of patients who showed up at three urban California emergency departments, researchers found that half of Latino citizens and legal residents as well as three quarters of undocumented immigrants feel unsafe because of comments made by the administration. One quarter of undocumented immigrants said they were so frightened they delayed going to the emergency room for days, according to the report published in PLoS ONE. “Words can be dangerous and they can even kill when they create barriers to healthcare access,” said an internist and academic about the study.

Another recent poll that sheds light on a hot topic? A recent survey conducted by market research agency ThinkNow found many people don’t like to be called Latinx. Nearly half (44 percent) of Latinx people polled preferred the term “Hispanic,” 24 percent of respondents preferred “Latino/Latina”; while 11 percent preferred the name of their country of origin; 7 percent preferred their country of origin plus “American”; 6 percent preferred just “American”; 5 percent preferred “Chicano/Chicana”; and just 2 percent of respondents preferred with the term Latinx. This was steady across all demographics. “We went into it with the hypothesis that awareness was going to be lower than social media makes it seem,” says Mario Xavier Carrasco, the co-founder of ThinkNow. “We didn’t think it was going to be as low as it is. We also thought that it was going to be significantly more popular among young people, and it’s not. There’s no significant difference there.”

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:

This Week’s Highlights

The New York Mets are planning to hire former player Carlos Beltrán as their next manager, Major League Baseball reported on Friday. Beltrán, 42, would become the first Latino manager in Mets history. He would also join Alex Cora of the Boston Red Sox, Dave Martinez of the Washington Nationals and Charlie Montoyo of the Toronto Blue Jays as the fourth Puerto Rican to lead a Major League team. Both Martinez and Cora are also part of a selected group of three Latino managers who have won the World Series. (Ozzie Guillen was the first, with Chicago White Sox in 2005.) ¡Fantástico!
Another newsworthy thing to note this week? Milwaukee police have made an arrest after a man was attacked and burned with acid in what officials say is a hate crime. Mahud Villalaz suffered second-degree burns to his face after he was confronted by a man he says accused him of being in the country illegally. Villalaz, a U.S. citizen and Latino, says the man approached him in front of a restaurant Friday night, told him he didn’t belong in the country and threw acid from a container on him. Surveillance video shows Villalaz stumbling away from the suspect, who police say is white.

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Culture Matters

Ronnie Anne and her family have an altar for Día de Los Muertos, they live above their corner store and skateboard together. They’re just another Mexican-American family in the big city. Ronnie Anne is the star of “The Casagrandes,” a new animated series by Nickelodeon. The show is one of the first cartoons in the US to focus on a Mexican-American family. “It’s so good to think that when kids watch it they can say, ‘This character looks like me’ or ‘Look that’s my name.’ That’s something that makes me proud,” said Miguel Puga, the show’s supervising director. The show is a spin-off from Nickelodeon’s Emmy-award winning cartoon “Loud House.” It tells the story of 11-year-old Ronnie Anne who moves with her mother and brother to the big city to live with her grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles. ¡Increíble!

In need of more cultural inspiration? Here are 23 facts to remind you of the power of our Latinx community in order to feel more confident and motivated in a time often fueled by hate. Check out the list to feel empowered and educate yourself on how powerful numbers truly are. These 23 stats that showcase collective Latinx/Hispanic power, include facts such as between 2007-2016, Latinx women entrepreneurs grew by 137% making it the fastest growing group, and more!


We’re Queen B and Aya. Communications Specialists at NewPublica by day, and professional hula hoopers 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.