March 20-26, 2020
Edition 99

 A Look at Minneapolis

Earlier this month, Minnesotans began receiving information about the 2020 Census in the mail – forms asking them to register the number of people living in their households with the federal government. For most people, responding to the census is simply one more interaction with the government, akin to applying for a driver’s license. For some of the state’s newer immigrants and refugees, however, the process can be intimidating and confusing – and, consequently, often left undone. One of the biggest obstacles for Latinx and others alike? Language.

Speaking of highlights in Minnesota, meet one of the Twin Cities Business Journals 2020 40 Under 40: Melissa Muro LaMere, Maslon. As a labor and employment attorney at Maslon, Melissa Muro LaMere is a rising Latinx star in the Twin Cities legal community. She was named a partner at the firm in January. iFabulosa!

This Week’s Highlights

Now that Joe Biden has pledged he’ll select a woman as his running mate, one of the questions being asked is why not a Latina for vice president? Latinas are about half of the 60 million Latinos in the country and 18 percent of all women in the U.S. They have held a number of local, state and federal offices even though they are underrepresented at all levels, including in Cabinet-level appointments. “Latina American public servants across the country have an unparalleled track record of getting things done for their communities, states and the country. It’s about time we see that leadership in the White House,” said Rep. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., chair of Bold PAC, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ political action committee. Only time will tell.

Let’s take a look at Puerto Rico. States seeking to buy medical supplies needed for the coronavirus pandemic will be able to buy abroad despite usual restrictions under the federal Buy American Act, according to a FEMA announcement Saturday. But Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., are at least temporarily not being given that dispensation. The law requires that agencies prioritize purchase of U.S.-made products. FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor said at a White House press briefing that states can break that rule but added this doesn’t apply at this time to Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., making it difficult to get necessary supplies despite these restrictions.

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 one of the latest episodes covering coronavirus here. For all the latest episodes, visit our YouTube channel. Don’t forget to subscribe!

Ideas for Keeping Busy If You’re at Home

As the nation hunkers down amid the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people are under citywide lockdowns and curfews, working from home, and “social distancing” themselves from friends. To fight off stress in this time of great anxiety, here are six Latino-themed shows and films to enjoy including the latest series from the U.S., a juicy one from Spain and an iconic movie beloved in so many households. Grab the popcorn and head to the sofa, ahora!’

Another one of our favorite ways to help keep yourself busy during this uncertain time? Meal prep! While grocery stores are becoming picked over across the country, here are 9 easy ways to meal prep while in quarantine. These recipes will help you use less ingredients during the week, save money, stay healthy and quickly navigate the grocery store when going out.

Minnesota Latinx Insights

This Weekly Newsletter shares local and national trends and events of interest to the Latinx community and those who feel Latinx.
Follow us on Instagram at NewPrensa for the latest news and articles!
If a friend sent this your way and you want these issues delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe below.


We’re Queen B and Aya. Communications Specialists at NewPublica by day, and trying our best to stay calm. 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.