May 7 – 13, 2020
Edition 106

Workers Rising

Amazon workers protesting outside of the Eagan facility in Minnesota on June 4, 2019

“Amazon warehouse workers protest outside of the Eagan facility in Minnesota on June 4, 2019”. Credit | Sahan Journal

COVID-19 has affected industries far and wide, but one industry that’s been hit the hardest has been the meatpacking industry. Meatpacking workers, including those from Worthington, MN, are working in harsh working conditions that are threatening their health and the supply of meat across the state. The virus has wormed its way into the meatpacking industry, sickening nearly 5,000 workers and killing 20 by April 27. Many of the workers in this industry are immigrants and refugees who work in grueling conditions for modest wages. Learn more about the impact of the virus in the meatpacking industry from the Minnesota Reformer’s Ricardo Lopez.

Trouble is brewing at the Amazon Warehouse in Eagan, Minnesota, as many employees state the company isn’t doing enough to protect them from COVID-19. Especially as six workers tested positive for the virus, Mukhtar M. Ibrahim with the Sahan Journal reports.

Coronavirus Standoff

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz wearing a face mask

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. Credit | StarTribune

On Tuesday, White House coronavirus task force expert Anthony Fauci delivered a coronavirus testimony to a Senate health committee. Couldn’t catch the testimony? No worries. Here are six takeaways from the hearing courtesy of The Washington Post.

While no one knows for certain, Minnesota lawmakers are expecting an extension of emergency orders from Governor Tim Walz. “A 30-day extension to June 12 would allow Walz to maintain or modify his current stay-at-home order and business closings, which would otherwise expire on Monday,” the Star Tribune reports.

Three Deliciosos Restaurantes to Order From

A sign that says "take out"

Credit | Holy City Sinner

By: Alycia Monserrate, Guest Writer

As the state lockdown continues, Minnesota restaurants have closed their doors to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, many of our favorite local spots remain open for takeout and delivery. Supporting local restaurants is always important, especially so during this time. Each of the establishments on this list pride themselves on being POC owned and operated, allowing them to bring authentic and traditional cuisine from wherever in the world their roots are planted. Fortunately, the Twin Cities boasts a wide variety of cuisine with flavors from all over the world. With so much to choose from, we wanted to highlight just a few that are offering delivery or takeout options so that you can enjoy these flavors from your home. ¡Buen provecho!

After you order your food, make sure to upload a photo of your meal and tag @newprensa, use the hashtag #localPOCrestaurants to make an appearance on our Instagram story!

Afro Deli

With four locations throughout the Twin Cities, Afro Deli is an urban hub that dishes out African, Mediterranian, and American themed fusions. Priding themselves on being a socially responsible restaurant that blends their business with community and culture, Afro Deli donates directly to local organizations. All of their meals are made fresh and prepared Halal for all to enjoy!

Trio Plant Based

With their debut in 2018, Trio Plant Based is the first Black-owned vegan restaurant in Minnesota. Owner Louis Hunter, opened this establishment with racial justice at the foundation. You read that right, Trio is 100% plant based, specializing in unique and innovative soul food. Not vegan? No problem, their food is for everyone. Give their BBQ jackfruit fries a try!

Emily’s Lebanese

Located in Northeast Minneapolis, Emily’s Lebanese Deli is a staple in the community. This family owned establishment began dishing out delicious, traditional Lebanese cuisine to locals in 1973. It may be quaint in appearance but their food will leave a huge impact in your mouth. Try their stuffed grape leaves to see what we’re talking about!

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Fondo del Barril

An Afro Latino woman wearing a red sweater with a red background

Credit | Hip Latina

I’ve definitely been listening to a ton of new music since quarantine began, and one sphere I need to explore more is the music from Afro-Latina musicians. Thankfully, the folks at Hip Latina have curated a list of 7 Afro-Latina Musicians You Need to Know Now.

“Early in 1964, as Beatlemania swept the world, newspaper headlines announced that The Beatles would be travelling to South America later that year. Millions awaited their arrival with bated breath – and in July, when four young moptops descended into Buenos Aires Airport, it seemed that teenage dreams were about to come true.”…Except The Beatles were actually nowhere near Argentina at the time. There had been a terrible mix-up. From BBC Culture: How the fake Beatles conned South America.

Here’s a good corporate fail for you: Kmart recently had an advertising gaffe where they coined the term “Mamaste” for their Mother’s Day ad campaign. In this context, it’s a play on the word “namaste,” a word commonly used in the yoga community, but it means something much different for Spanish speakers…

Café Libre

Don’t miss the special Cafe Libre program on Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was broadcast May 9th on Univision Minnesota in collaboration with New Prensa.

Café Libre, is a weekly program in Spanish featuring NewPublica’s very own Alberto Monserrate and Melisa Franzen. In this 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, 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!

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