June 11 – June 17, 2020
Edition 111 

Pride in the Black and Latinx Communities

No matter the circumstances, it’s important to stay proud. Photo/Twin Cities Pride

 

June 1st marks the beginning of Pride for the LGBTQ community and the commemoration of the Stonewall riots of 1969. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancellation of Pride parades and festivals throughout the country, it is more important than ever to celebrate and remember why this month-long tradition is still standing. Honoring our current reality is of the utmost importance, given that we are in the midst of the largest civil rights movement in recent memory. It is essential that the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities come together to fight for and stand with each other in order to make change for all people but with an emphasis on Black community members.

With that being said, we wanted to highlight both Black and Latinx Queer trailblazers so that we can all take a moment to appreciate the work being done in our communities. Gaby Rivera is just one example of impressive queer innovation. Rivera was hired by Marvel Comics to write the story of the first queer Latina superhero, ‘America Chavez.’ Representation is key in order to continue to encourage people to tell their own stories and be proud of such queerness. ¡Bravo, Gabby!

Stuzo Clothing is just one of many impressive Black-owned companies to take note of. Stuzo Clothing a is a gender-free clothing brand designed to push the conversation forward through fashion. Not only does this company make conversation happen through the pieces they create, the owners give back to their local community as well stating:

“We directly work with the LGBTQIA center’s youth here in Los Angeles by employing them ― 95% of people we work with and hire are from our communities and are mostly Black, queer and non-binary.”

 

JUNETEENTH

Tomorrow, June 19th, is Juneteenth and people are calling for it to be recognized as a national holiday, the recognition it so deserves. For those who are hearing this term for the first time or just don’t understand what it is, June 19, 1865 is the day Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that enslaved people were now free. That’s right- even though slavery had officially ended on January 1, 1863, with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, it took over two years for the news to reach the group in Galveston (If only they had Twitter…) However, while news did travel much slower back then, this news took even longer than usual to be deliverd. There is much speculation as to why that was the case, including stories of messengers being murdered or intentional withholding of the information. Nonetheless, Juneteenth is recognized as the day all enslaved people were deemed freeIn this Kare 11 feature, Katie Sample states:

“Juneteenth is our Fourth of July, we weren’t included in the Declaration of Independence. We were still being cruelly treated as slaves and mistreated by the United States of America.”

Though history cannot be rewritten we can relearn the truth about what has happened on US soil. If you are interested in ways to celebrate at home, work, or in the community, take a moment to explore the countless ways that you can honor, celebrate and remember the lives lost and the fight that was ultimately won. ¡Celebremos!

 

Como Duele

Maria Isa, local singer, songwriter, emcee, instructor and performing artist. Photo/FreeMindsFreePeople

The legacy of George Floyd lives on. Maria Isa is a Puerto Rican, local Twin Cities artist who knew him, and in his memory she released a song titled Como Duele. In remembering Floyd, Isa states:

“George helped me carry my Bomba Drum after many shows  in Minneapolis. He was a gentleman who protected our community and loved our music, from traditional Afro-Boricua Ritmos to hip-hop lyricism. Rest In Peace and rise in power with the ancestors, Big Floyd.”

¡Qué hermoso!

#StaySafeMN

Governor Walz declared a state of emergency on March 13th in response to COVID-19 entering the United States. Just over three months later, Minnesota and much of the rest of the country have begun to lift restrictions on restaurants, gyms, hair salons and other ‘non essential’ businesses. With things seemingly getting “back to normal” it’s hard to ignore the fact that the Latinx community has been hit hard by the pandemic. Latinx people make up just 6% of Minnesota’s population but currently account for 22% of all COVID-19 cases reported in the state. There are countless reasons to speculate on why this is the case, however Minnesota has opened up guidelines for getting tested so if you feel it necessary, check out testing sites currently available. ¡Manténganse a salvo todos!

Outside of Minnesota, the problem is not necessarily any better for Latinx people. For those who have been detained in ICE detention centers, the crisis is still in full swing. In states like Arizona, California, and Michigan COVID-19 cases are still on the rise. It is hard not to feel helpless seeing family, friends, and members of the community being detained but if you are in a position to help, here are some ways to give aid.

 

Confronting Racism in the Latinx Community 

The Latinx community stands in solidarity with the Black community and Black Lives Matter movement. Image/Latino Network 

Confronting racism, racist policy and ideologies can be hard. Whether it be a personal bias or an explicit opinion delivered by a friend, coworker or family member, it is important that all people, white, Latinx and otherwise take accountability for their actions. In our own Latinx community, we often fail to deal with and confront the deeply rooted anti-blackness that stems from generations past. Rather than meet these ideas and confrontations with anger and rage, it can be a time where we educate and inform.

In their opinion piece for the Miami Herald, Stephanie Valencia and Denise Collazo elaborate on four actions to call on for the Latinx community:

  • We commit to standing with the black community in saying unequivocally, that Black Lives Matter.

 

  • We commit to hold all politicians at every level of government accountable, for advancing bold, structural change.We will challenge them when they stand in the way. We commit to starting the process of acknowledgment and healing of racism and colorism within our own community and families. We hold our Spanish-language and Latino-focused media accountable for how they use their platforms to dismantle racism, colorism and anti-blackness in our own Latino community.

 

  • We are a beautiful community that is rich with culture and passion, a community composed of dark skinned, brown skinned, and white skinned people. In order to stand alongside and fight for the rights of Black people and all POC, sometimes it takes a moment of uncomfortability to deal with our experience in order to progress. ¡Nosotros somos mejores juntos!

 

Resources, Rebuilding and the Community

 Volunteers assisting with recovery efforts in St. Paul. Photo/Cellfix Facebook     

Between the protests in the Twin Cities as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people need help more than ever. If you are someone that needs assistance in the realm of food, clothing, medication, or financial, here is a resource that has information about how and where to get help. If you are fortunate enough to be doing well in these challenging times and want to help, here is a resource with ways to give aidThe Twin Cities is coming together to provide for those who have experienced hardship since the protests began. Alexander Bourne of the Minnesota Rapid Response Coalition has been leading a fundraising campaign to help Black-owned businesses get back on their feet. 
“Black businesses are hurting and the community has risen to the challenge. We received a  $15,000 donation from Amazon, but most of the money raised is from people from our community -locally and nationally– giving what they can. It is humbling to see that people who don’t have much give $20,” said Bourne.
Between food and clothing drives, monetary donations, and hours of time cleaning the streets in order to begin the rebuild process, the community is ready to keep things moving while fighting for change¡Formidable!

Café Libre

Don’t miss the special Cafe Libre program on Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was broadcast June 13th 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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