February 28-March 5, 2020
Edition 96

The Political Side

Breaking News: Super Tuesday’s results are in and Latinos boosted Sanders. Could this be a lesson for the Biden campaign? “Bernie Sanders proved that if you invest in the Latino community, they will show up and vote for you in huge margins,” says a senior Sanders campaign staffer.

Let’s take a look at Minnesota. Although Biden won the Minnesota primary, just last week 56 notable Minnesotans, including elected officials, community leaders, union members and activists, stepped forward to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders ahead of Minnesota’s March 3rd primary, according to the Sanders campaign. For a full list of Super Tuesday results, as well as a look at how these results could shape the 2020 Presidential Race, click here.

It’s no secret that candidates need young people to boost Latino voter turnout. Latinos are the nation’s largest share of nonwhite voters: a record 32 million Latinos are projected to be eligible to vote in 2020, 13 percent of all eligible voters. But what’s more notable is their youth — about 40 percent of eligible Latino voters are between the ages of 18 and 35, according to census data.  “I often ask myself why people insist on saying that we’re not involved, and it’s because we’re not included in these conversations,” a young Latina says. Brian Rosas, 22, an advocacy organizer for the Minnesota Youth Collective, says some  issues that drive young Twin Cities voters specifically to the polls are student debt, police brutality and white supremacy, which he hopes will drive the rest of the country to vote.
Did someone say boosting Latino voter turnout? Even the nation’s oldest Latino civil rights organization is focusing on its youngest members — Latino youth. Every 30 seconds, a young Latino in the U.S. becomes eligible to vote, according to U.S. census figures, and it’s that potential power at the voting booth that the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is looking to harness this election year.

Minnesotanos Day at the Capitol

Join some members of the NewPublica team and the community on Monday, March 9 for Minnesotanos Day at the Capitol/Dia de los Minnesotanos en el Capitolio. ¡Todos Contamos en Minnesota!/ We All Count in Minnesota! The event begins at 9:30am with a program in the Rotunda, followed by visits with legislators until 2:30pm. We hope to see you there! For more information visit their Facebook event. Don’t forget to register here!


Felicidades to our two winners, Abby A. and LeAnn R. for winnning tickets to Sueño at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis. Be sure to keep your eye out for future contests as NewPrensa’s 100th Edition Celebration approaches on April 2. You can still get tickets to this show, which runs from March 6 – 22, and is a witty and enchanting contemporary adaptation of Calderón de la Barca’s classic Life Is a Dream by playwright Jose Rivera. Sueño follows the life of young Prince Segismundo, heir to the Spanish throne who is imprisoned at birth. What will Segismundo do when he is released- if all he’s ever known are his prison walls? For more information and tickets, visit the show’s website. 


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.

For more information click here.

Around the World

Dominican Independence Day took on a different meaning Thursday for New Yorker Alejandro Contreras as protests in the Dominican Republic triggered by the fallout over botched municipal elections and heightened government mistrust have spread globally. On Feb. 16, the Dominican election board, known in Spanish as the Junta Central Electoral, suspended the island’s municipal elections for the first time in the country’s history, four hours after voters had started casting their ballots. The board alleged malfunctions in its newly launched electronic voting system. “We won’t stop until we achieve our mission and rescue democracy, which the government has kidnapped,” a Dominican American said at a protest in New York.

Let’s take a look at Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton artist Bad Bunny recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote his new album. While doing so, he brought attention to the news from last week that a Puerto Rican Latina, by the name of Neulisa Luciano Ruiz and also reportedly went by Alexa, was murdered on the island because she was a trans woman. While performing a beautiful new song titled “Ignorantes” alongside musical artist Sech, Bad Bunny lowered his blazer to expose his shirt that read, “Mataron a Alexa,” which translates to they killed Alexa. At the bottom of the shirt, it read, “No a un hombre con falda.” That last line was in reference to how the Puerto Rico media portrayed Alexa as a man with a skirt. Bad Bunny’s message is that she wasn’t a man in a skirt, her name was Alexa.

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 one of the latest episodes here.

In this week’s Feb. 28 episode, New Publica’s Alberto Monserrate sits down for a cup of café with Silvia Ontaneda, CEO of the Trade Forum for Americas. Then, Oscar Rodriguez, from Univision, speaks with Guatemalan professional chef and author Amalia Moreno Daamgard, and Melisa and Erick García Luna, Director of Community and Local Government Relations at University of Minnesota, share a taza de café. For all our other episodes and to keep up on the latest, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Awards & Achievements

During the National Media Coalition’s 23rd Impact Awards Gala, stars and executives donned their best suits and gowns to recognize those who’ve increased opportunities and representation for the Latinx community in media and entertainment. Among Friday night’s honorees were America Ferrera, executive producer of “Gentefied”; Isabella Gomez from “One Day at a Time”; and more. Accepting her award at the end of the night, Ferrera thanked the trailblazers who opened doors for Latinx actors and creators in a moving speech. “This is an era of Latinx stories. We are living in an era brought … by many, many generations of Latino and Latina actors, producers, writers, directors who stayed the course and paved the path,” she said to an audience of about 500 at the Beverly Hilton. iFabulosa!

Speaking of notable achievements, in a day and age when Latinx communities remain underrepresented in the media, individuals like Lilliana Vazquez serve as a reflection of that much-needed representation in the industry. Long before she took on her current role as host of E! News and Pop of the Morning, Vazquez knew she wanted to pursue a creative career. “At the end of the day, it ended up being the best fit,” Vazquez said during an interview.  “I wish I could say that I worked this hard to get here so that I can celebrate my success, but I didn’t,” said Vazquez. “I worked this hard to get here so that other people behind me can celebrate the success and feel like they have a path to achieve a dream that I never thought was possible for me.”

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