June 18 – June 24, 2020
Edition 112 

The Battle for Police Reform

“Satara Strong leads the crowd at Central High School in a chant Monday, quoting Assata Shakur: ‘We have a duty to fight for our freedom. We have a duty to win.’ Credit: Jaida Grey Eagle – Sahan Journal

The movement to scale back police presence is still going strong, and there’s been a huge victory in Saint Paul Public Schools thanks to students. On Tuesday, Saint Paul Public Schools voted to end contract negotiations with the Saint Paul Polic Department, and instead they will look into alternative school safety plans. Saint Paul is the third district in the state to take police officers out of schools, right after Minneapolis and Winona.

¡Dulce victoria! This is an enormous win for Black and brown kids. Police presence in schools has been on the rise for decades, and this has disproportionately affected Black and brown students. Many of these officers have little to no training working with youth and as a result, children are more likely to be subject to arrests, most of which are nonviolent. These arrests negatively impact students and often result in them dropping out of schools and going into the criminal justice systems — leading to the school to prison pipeline.

Last week, the Minnesota legislature adjourned its one-week special session with no agreement on policing and criminal justice reforms despite the massive protests and uprisings following the murder of George Floyd. We can’t say we’re surprised, given Minnesota’s twisted past (and present) with its treatment of Black Americans. Minnesota has some of the biggest racial disparities in education, income, housing, and health. Last year, USA Today cited the Twin Cities as the fourth worst place for Black Americans to live. So what does all of this mean in this current era we’re in? Well, police reform may be a tougher battle than we thought.


LGBTQ & Latinx Pride

“Sylvia Rivera, Marsa P Johnson, and Joseph Ratanski” Credit – HipLatina

As June comes to a close, we wanted to highlight some Latinx LGBTQ icons who have been monumental in the movement. Some notable examples include José Julio Sarria, the first openly gay candidate for public office in the United States and Sylvia Rivera, a bisexual and transgender rights activist often credited for starting the Stonewall Riots. These brave individuals (and many more) fought back against institutions that dehumanized and degraded them, and as a result, they normalized their identities and brought them to light in the broader conciousness. Simplemente maravilloso.

If you’re on the prowl for some compelling new TV featuring Latinx and LGBTQ identities, look no further than Hulu’s new series “Love, Victor,” The series is filled with complicated layers as the protagonist, Victor, is a working-class Latino from a religious family who is going through his coming-of-age journey.  Catch the new series on Hulu.

This Saturday at 3 p.m. is the Black Womxn March. Come out and march with us as we celebrate and empower ALL Black women. The purpose of this march is to allow all Black Womxn, Black Trans, Black Drag, and Black LGBTQI+ to be heard. We’ll see you there!



A rather disheveled looking Trump after his “fun night” in Tulsa – Credit: Associated Press

Well, well, well… Things weren’t looking great for President Trump last week. Last Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was a huge relief to the 700,000 people across the country who are covered by the program, and millions of other Americans who opposed this move in the first place.

But that’s not all. Trump’s attempt to allow legal discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation flopped in the Supreme Court in an astounding 6-4 decision. The Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay and transgender workers.

Let’s not forget about the utter disaster Trump’s Tulsa rally was either. Last Saturday Trump held an indoor rally with thousands of participants not required to wear face masks or be socially distanced despite the pandemic. (Not to mention that the original date of the rally was on Juneteenth which was problematic, well, for a lot of reasons.) Leading up to the rally, Trump and his campaign team bragged how upwards of a million participants would be in attendance, and how it was going to be monumental for his campaign… Except it was monumental in ways his team wouldn’t expect, as a mere 6,200 people showed up… But wait, there’s more! That was just one of the fails in the rally: there’s a whole lot more where that came from.


Although statewide restrictions are starting to ease, COVID-19 continues to affect Minnesotans. As of Tuesday, June 23, more than 33,400 Minnesotans have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1,393 have died

If you’ve been to a protest, vigil, or community event recently, do your part and get tested. Testing is open to everyone, symptoms or no symptoms, and is completely free.

As the Minnesota Department of Education works closely with the Minnesota Department of Health to plan for the 2020-21 school year, they want to hear from families about their experiences with the distance learning this spring.  This feedback is extremely valuable and will help them better understand families and how they balance the responsibilities of work and family, while also supporting student learning.

The survey is available here in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish and  will close on June 30, 2020.

International News

“A worker walks while pulling a shopping cart with vegetables at Central Market on May 28, 2020 in Santiago, Chile. Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images”

The United States isn’t the only country that’s been bullied by COVID-19 – countries throughout Latin America are being hit hard too. Chile most recently overtook Italy in the number of cases, landing at the eighth-most cases in the world. The rise results from the country trying to reopen, while officials have been criticized for failing to keep up with contact tracing and sending mixed messages to the public about the virus.

“Since 2015, femicides have been steadily on the rise in Mexico. Juárez—the largest city in the Chihuahua state of the country—has one of the highest rates. In 2019 alone, nearly 1,500 women were murdered. The decades-long issue calls for systemic change and highlights the need for women to become financially independent in order to be able to escape abusive partners and situations.” These calls for change led to the creation of Ni En More – a social innovation project that merges political activism, fashion, and art, that highlights the violence against women and the need for sustainable practices in fashion.” From Remezcla  –This Fashion Brand is Bringing Awareness to Violence Against women in Juárez, Mexico


Fondo Del Barril

“The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona filled its nearly 2,300 seats with plants for a  June 22 concert, which was also broadcast online. Credit: Emilio Morenatti – AP”

It’s party thyme. Barcelona’s Liceu opera opened on Monday for its first concert since mid-March. It opened to a full house… of plants? Yup, the Gran Teatre del Liceu filled it’s 2,292 seats with plants. Organizers wrote that they wanted to recognize the work of health care providers, who have served “on the toughest front in a battle unprecedented for our generations.” You grow, girl!

“Once bustling with beer-soaked fans, stadiums across the world are now full of cardboard cutouts. Unable to attend games in person, diehard fans are ponying up $20 to $30 to have their photos printed out and affixed to the seats at Korean baseball games, German soccer matches, and more.” from The Hustle – Why sports stadiums are suddenly full of cardboard fans

In a date slump with bae? Don’t worry, we got you. Here are 8 Virtual Date Ideas for your next date night.


Reader Spotlight

We’re excited to share that a long-time NewPrensa reader, Jimmy Longoria, has an art exhibition open to the public! Chicano Artist Jimmy Longoria’s show “El Corazon de Minnesota” at Artistry (1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN) is available for your viewing pleasure. This solo exhibition has exciting new work that he’s made over the last year. Jimmy used 3M prismatic films in a collage approach as if it was paint depicting horses, faces, and flowers. There are new paintings – even some done just in black and white. Palas (honoring shovels) are represented throughout the show. We hope you’ll be able to see it. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturdays through July 1st.

The Bush Foundation announced the selection of its 2020 Bush Fellows, a group of 24 visionary leaders who are thinking big about how to solve problems and shape a better future for their communities. One of this year’s fellows is Roque Diaz, a leader in music education. Roque seeks to inspire big change in music education. An immigrant from Puerto Rico, he played professional trumpet for ten years before returning to college. His performance and academic experiences, combined with his position as director of school partnerships at MacPhail Center for Music, helped him find his voice as an advocate for more inclusive, culturally diverse and relevant music education. Ahh, this sounds like music to our ears. ¡Felicidades, Roque!

Café Libre

Don’t miss the special Cafe Libre program on Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was broadcast June 20th on Univision Minnesota in collaboration with New Prensa.
  • Melisa Lopez Franzen interviews Dr. Natalia Castillo-Almeida, Liaison for the Hispanic/Latinx Community, RHCP (Rochester Healthy), Infectious Disease Division ,
  • Oscar Rodriguez interviews, Rosa Tock, Executive Director of the MN Council of Latino Affairs
  • Alberto Monserrate interviews Rebecca Sedarski, Community Engagement Coordinator, Department of Human Services
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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