January 10-16, 2020
Edition 89

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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This Week’s Highlights

A magnitude 5.9 shock hit Puerto Rico last Saturday morning as the island’s residents were already reeling from a series of major quakes this week, including one on Tuesday that was the biggest in a century. The Saturday quake, which came around 9 a.m. local time, has caused even further damage, mainly in areas around the southern coast where hundreds of homes and schools had already collapsed from the Tuesday temblor that had a magnitude of 6.4. Saturday’s quake, which was initially calculated at magnitude 6.0, also left roughly 59,000 customers without power, according to the island’s power authority. Witnesses said the temblor caused concrete debris from damaged buildings to topple into the streets, mainly around the southern area.

How can you help earthquake victims? Donate to EL FONDO BORICUA Emergency Earthquake Relief Efforts. El Fondo Boricua has continued to assist grants to vetted non-profit organizations and projects assisting the island’s emergency relief efforts since the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. They will be directing grants to further assist emergency aid working with local organizations and projects on the island to help Puerto Rico after the earthquake. Minnesotans have reached out on how to assist on going efforts in Puerto Rico and El Fondo Boricua is fundraising to continue to aid emergency preparedness and overall disaster relief in rebuilding Puerto Rico. Please rest assured that contributions made to El Fondo Boricua at the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation will be sent to Non-profits working on the Island vetted by the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation.

From earthquake efforts to politics, lets take a look at some 2020 political efforts. Julián Castro may have dropped out of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, but that doesn’t mean he won’t continue to have an impact on the race. The former San Antonio mayor and Housing and Urban Development secretary made big splashes with a campaign that helped shift the conversation on immigration reform. Now, Latinx voters are projected to be the largest minority voting bloc, which could help determine the 2020 Presidential election. Now it seems Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, one of 2020’s top Democratic contenders, will benefit from Castro’s game-changing potential.

iMas Fuerza! – January 28

NewPublica’s 5 Year Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to everyone that joined us last Thursday to celebrate NewPublica’s 5 year anniversary in Minneapolis! The room was full of energy and so many talented, diverse professionals who are leading fantastic initiatives. There was delicious food, dancing, and more. Our team (pictured above) was so glad to see you all and hear about what you all are up to! Check out more pictures from the event here.

Culture Matters

‘It’s a culture mix’: From salsa to yoga, popular brewery La Doña Cervecería bustles in north Minneapolis. Read owner Sergio Manancero’s story and what he hopes to see in 2020 here. A few years ago, when Sergio Manancero was a Marine serving in Camp Pendleton, Calif., he dreamed of opening a bar of his own, a place that would mean something to him, his family, and his community. Saturday night in north Minneapolis, that dream was a reality and on full display at Manancero’s popular and meaningful 15–month-old brewpub La Doña Cervecería (241 Fremont Ave. N.,), which bustled with salsa dancers and post-Vikings game perdedores and perdedoras drowning their sorrows in Minnesota’s only Latinx-owned and -catered to craft brewery and brewpub. ¡Fantástico!

Speaking of changing the Latinx game, lets take a look at modeling. While the fashion industry seems to be progressing in some ways, the exclusion of plus-size bodies remains a constant. That sense of subordination goes even further for plus-size people of color, who live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities. Here are 6 Latinx innovators who are changing the plus size fashion industry right now. From modeling to inclusive fitness initiatives, they’re making powerful strides. ¡Increíble!

Café Libre

Welcome to Café Libre, a weekly program in Spanish featuring NewPublica’s very own owners: Alberto Monserrate and Melisa Franzen. In this brand new talk show you can keep up with the latest things that are happening in Minnesota including politics, health, immigration and more. Tune in every Saturday at 10am for the latest events at Univision Minnesota, also in collaboration with your online media source New Prensa. Pour a cup and join the conversation!

Network Night with the Twin Cities Business Peer Network



Have you ever sat in airport and thought about the person sitting across from you? If you struck up a conversation, would you find you had something in common? Or what if through a simple, empathetic connection, you create a lasting impact on one or both of your lives.

Empathy can help build more effective personal and professional relationships and is a core theme of MN Opera’s new production of Flight. In this touching and deeply human comedy, eight complete strangers find they have more in common than they think when they are stranded overnight at an airport and soon realize they need each other to get to their destinations.

In an inaugural partnership between The TCBPN and MN Opera, we hope you can join us for a unique networking event that goes behind the scenes where you can make connections with other business and community leaders while exploring the intersection of empathy and opera.
Tickets for this event are $30 and include a private pre-show networking reception with light dinner and insights by the show’s director and admission to the show right after the reception. RSVP below or call MN Opera Patron Services at 612-333-6669 (M-Th: 10:00am-5:00pm). Space is limited. Register and join us! RSVP NOW.

Tune into TV

In need of another excuse to spend a night in this winter and cozy up with a new series? The creators of the original 1990 drama “Party Of Five” found a new opportunity to bring back the iconic show in a timely, reinvented manner with a star-studded Latinx cast. The reboot centers on the emotional roller coaster the Acosta siblings face after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico. Lead actress Emily Tosta told NBC News she gets “goosebumps” when she thinks of “Party Of Five” as the show she wished to have had on TV when she was seeking legal immigration status in the U.S. “..If there is a show that you can feel related to or that you can watch it and go, ‘Oh my God! I’m being represented. I’m being understood’ … it’s just such a heartwarming feeling,” she added. Tune into the new series on Wednesday’s at 9pm on Freeform.

Did someone say new tv series? Here’s another one you”ll love. Netflix just dropped the trailer for season two of Luis Miguel, a binge-worthy show filled with drama, a fantastic cast, and one killer storyline-literally. With the season one’s cliffhanger finale, we can’t wait for season two. Netflix has yet to announce an official release date, but we’ll be tuning in.


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