May 14 – 20, 2020
“An inspirational message is written on steps in St. Paul’s Summit Hill neighborhood on April 19, 2020.” Credit | Sahan Journal
Stay Safe Minnesota has replaced the stay-at-home order which expired on May 18. A few notable things have changed, including retail businesses being allowed to reopen with limited capacity, but restrictions on restaurants, bars, theaters, and other places still remain. But that’s just the cherry on top: for more information (in varied languages, too!) the Sahan Journal has explained down the Stay Safe Minnesota order in Hmong, Spanish, and Somali.
There has been a record number of unemployment claims since quarantine began, with nearly 36 million Americans filing for unemployment in the past eight weeks. Given these record-breaking numbers, there have been a few mistakes with unemployment recipients – namely high school students. Despite the State mistakenly giving these highschool students unemployment money, they’re now requesting it back. Many high school students come from immigrant backgrounds and provide for their families, so the refund request affects not only them, but their communities too.
A greater share of Hispanics work in sectors that have been hard hit by the coronavirus shutdowns, such as hospitality, dining and retail, and many are small business owners. For Latinos who have lost their jobs or whose businesses are at risk, here are some key resources to know that can help you and your business bounce back.
Congrats Class of 2020! A Celebration of Latinxcellence. Credit | HipLatina
Graduation season is right across the corner, and despite the pandemic, 25 maravilloso students have shared their graduation accomplishments on social media. Join HipLatina in congratulating these new grads. ¡Felicidades!
“Somewhere on the northern shore of Puerto Rico sits a modest Airbnb with white stucco walls and a roof covered in fake grass. Inside, the island’s most exciting young superstar is fighting off boredom any way he can. It’s mid-March, days after Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced ordered residents to stay inside during the coronavirus pandemic. Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, known to the world as Bad Bunny, is living here till he can start construction on the villa of his dreams.” How does a Latino-pop superstar spend lockdown? From RollingStone – Bad Bunny in Captivity.
Many music artists are spending their newfound time at home creating new and experimental music. If you’re looking to expand your musical palette, look no further: here are 15 Artists Creating Adventerous New Music During Quarantine. What are your favorites? My favorite of the bunch is “Cuarentena Jangueo” by Sebimor.
The community group Inquilinx Unidx Por Justicia (United Renters for Justice) recently had an enormous victory against a neglectful landlord. For the past five years, they’ve worked with tenants in the Corcoran neighborhood in South Minneapolis for safe living conditions and affordable rent. Their homes have been plagued with pests, heating and plumbing issues, and other problems. But on Monday, the tenant’s five-year struggle came to a close as Land Bank Twin Cities, in partnership with LISC Twin Cities and the City of Minneapolis, gained several of the apartment complexes in the neighborhood, ensuring the people in the community can stay in their homes and gain the building repairs necessary to live in a safe environment.
Four More Deliciosos Restaurantes to Order From
By: Alycia Monserrate, Guest Writer
Last week, I shared three local restaurants to order from that are POC owned and operated. Minnesota has a ton of varied restaurants with cuisine from all over the world, and I decided that three wouldn’t do it any justice. While far from showing what Minnesota has to offer, here’s another restaurant sampler to show the variety of local places you can order from and support.
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!
Prieto Taqueria Bar
Alejandro Castillon Prieto hailes from Sonora, Mexico and opened Prieto in 2019. Castillon however, is no newbie to the Twin Cities food scene. In fact, in 2011, Castillon opened another favorite of ours, Sonora Grill. Specializing in firewood smoked tacos and authentic cuisine, you are guaranteed a delicious meal with a flare. My personal favorite on this menu are the yuca tacos!
Yet another staple to the Twin Cities, Holy Land has been around since 1986. Owner Wajdi Wadi came to Minnesota from Kuwait and with the support of his family who also work in the restaurant. With recipes and techniques that have been passed down generation after generation, the food at Holy Land is unmatched. “The time for peace is now.” A motto Hold Land prides themsevles in, they continue to help support the local neighborhood, youth organizations, schools, and Minneapolis’ Muslim community.
Another family operated establishment, Black Sea has been around since 2000, with one location in St. Paul and another in White Bear Lake. They opened their doors as the first and only Turkish restaurant in Minnesota. Featuring a large menu of appetizers, salads, doner sandwiches, beef and chicken kebabs, there is surely something for everyone. I would try their falafel if I were you!
El Burrito Mercado
Tomas & Maria Silva come to us from Aguascalientes, Mexico, opening their doors in 1979 in a tiny 800 square foot market. Their Saint Paul restaurant boasts a variety of deli items, groceries, and beautiful arts and crafts lovingly selected directly from artisans in Mexico. You can try one of their recipes featured on their homepage and even order groceries to go!
MSP Film Society presents MSPIFF39 Redefined: A Virtual Film Festival, a relaunch of the 39th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSPIFF), May 15-23, 2020. MSPIFF is Minnesota’s largest and longest-running film festival and will showcase over two dozen bold and exciting films representing countries and cultures from around the world, virtual gatherings each night of the festival, dance parties, restaurant deals, and Audience awards in both Fiction and Documentary Feature categories.
For more information, visit mspfilm.org.
Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER) will lead a virtual trivia game regarding everything about the 2020 Census. There will be census prizes delivered to the winners. The trivia will take place with a few members of the HACER team through Zoom. They will be using a platform called “MyQuiz.org“, and players will be able to answer the questions in English or Spanish while engaging in our group Zoom video call.
This is a family-friendly event. Bring friends, family, and connect with other members of our Minnesota community without having to leave the house. See you then!
Fondo del Barril
Credit | MotherJones
There’s been a ton of news on how the pandemic has affected air quality throughout the nation, but has it really? Not according to NPR. In a nutshell, while the air is clearer, the pollution declines aren’t nearly as large as early indications have suggested.
Humpback whale populations, which have been previously decimated by commerical whaling, are making a comeback. In the 1830s there were only around 27,000 whales, but after heavy hunting, by the mid-1950s, only 450 remained. This is great news not only for species preservation, but for the environment, too: an average whale stores around 33 tonnes of CO2. Keeping the whales alive means less CO2 in the atmosphere.
Who here is team bidet? After the toilet paper shortages we experienced early on in the pandemic, I couldn’t help but think of how much more convenient it would be if bidets were more commonplace in American households. Well, the writers at MotherJones can either A) read minds or B) had a similar experience, because they completely agree with me: The Pandemic Has Made At Least One Thing Clear; It’s Time to Get on the Bidet Train, America.
- Oscar Rodriguez interviews Maureen Ramirez with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and Mateo Frumholtz with the Minnesota Department of Health.
- Alberto Monserrate interviews Jesus Calvillo with CLUES.
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