February 14-20, 2020
Edition 94

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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Support for Sanders

On Saturday evening, members of the Twin Cities’ Latinx community gathered at Prieto Taqueria Bar in the uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis for MN Latinxs por Tío Bernie — an event designed to kickstart Latinx organizing on behalf of Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of the state’s primary on March 3. “A group of us Latino community organizers… were all saying, ‘Hey what do we do to engage our community in the Sanders campaign and how do we really get people energized?” Ryan Perez ’20 said of the event primarily organized by Macalester College students and alumni .

Speaking of Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential race, the first deep dive into Latino political donations found that Bernie Sanders got the most financial support last year. It also found a drop in donations as some candidates, such as Julián Castro, left the race. Latinos contributed almost $23.7 million to Democratic presidential candidates last year, much of it in small-dollar donations averaging $15.75, according to an in-depth analysis of campaign finance data by Plus Three, a technology company that researched Latinos’ contributions to Democratic presidential candidates.

11th Minnesota Cuban Film Festival


Thursdays, February 27 through April 2, 2020
MSP Film Society at St. Anthony Main Theatre
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Since 2010, the Minnesota Cuba Film Festival has brought to the Land of the 10.000 Lakes the best of Cuban films. The Minnesota Cuban Film Festival (MCFF) strives to feature films that address the achievements and challenges of the Cuban people through the eyes of its filmmakers. The festival highlights diverse and challenging film of social change, human struggle and the boldness of the human spirit. Among this year’s entries, is an exceptional film entitled dance cuba DREAMS OF FLIGHT elegantly documenting the emotional and artistic ties between Cuban and American dancers and dance companies, and more.

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Culture Matters

Dulcerica Bakery in Minneapolis will go out on a high note when it closes forever on February 22. There will be one more party, a proper send off to the vibrant community the tiny bakery has built. Dulce Monterrubio realized her dream of building a better bakery that would sell the baked goods of Mexico, while also building a stronger community for marginalized people. The storefront on 42nd Street followed in 2018 serving a wide collection of treats that also included vegan and gluten-free offerings. In a heartfelt farewell letter, she remembered fundraising for fellow immigrants, hosting arts and healing when Trump campaigned in Minnesota, partnering with The Subversive Sirens and queer Latinx college students for a radical baking project, and providing a space to elevate other small businesses with a multitude of pop-ups.

Speaking of hopes and dreams, can a place where your secret dreams come true really exist? Top Mexican-American actor Michael Peña, who stars in the movie “Fantasy Island” opening in theaters Friday, says that place is America. And he didn’t let stereotypes stop him. For some, though, the dream is tougher to reach. “Progress has to be made in accepting Latinos,” he told NBC News. “We are almost 20 percent of the population. And right now, Latino representation does not show that. But we’re all working on it. The opportunities I have right now are better than when I started acting. And it feels good to be part of a generation that’s making some change.” ¡Fantástico!

Twin Cities Business Peer Network Event

The Twin Cities Business Peer Network will be at The Riveter in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 from 5:00 p,m. to 8:00 p.m., to engage in a conversation with talented, diverse and motivated business professionals on how to expand and strengthen your network by leveraging Human-Centered Abilities, such as Empathy, Understanding, Kindness, Generosity, Selflessness, and Vulnerability.
Come to share your thoughts and experiences! Register to join us in this conversation on how we can all bring our Humanity to Networking and Relationship Building. The insights also apply to Leadership, Management, Marketing, Sales, Recruiting, Innovation, Organizational Culture, and Entrepreneurship. Get your tickets here.

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! Check out the latest episode here. For all our other episodes and to keep up on the latest, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Black History Month

February is Black History Month which holds a ton of significance today. Black History Month can also be a time to celebrate the achievements that Afro-Latinxs have made over the years. There are many, but here are the top 20 moments of Afro-Latinx excellence, ranging from Celia Cruz becoming the Queen of Salsa, to Roberto Clemente dominating the baseball game. iFabuloso!

Speaking of Black History Month and Afro-Latinx contributions, Afro-Latinx stories don’t often make it into mainstream children literature, so we wanted to celebrate these stories. Some of the common themes found in these books are uplifting the beauty of dark skin and instilling confidence in los chiquitos. Discover these 10 books by black and Afro-Latinx authors to share with the kiddos in your life.

About

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