Celebrating AfroLatinos in Minnesota!

Education through dance on the meaning of AfroLatinoidad 📸 Courtesy of Borikén Cultural Center

This week’s edition covers stories from June 30th to July 6th, 2022.

This issue is 685 words, a 3.5-minute read.

We’re talking about a Minnesota celebration of AfroLatinos, Local Starbucks looking to unionize, and Michigan schools looking to remove previous racist branding.

Local News:

AfroLatinidad – Vibras de la Diáspora” is a celebration of Afro-Latinos in Minnesota. The celebration, which will take place on July 8th, is intended to fight erasure of the Afro-Latin identity as well as educate on and celebrate this identity. LatinoLEAD, a Minnesota based organization to support and promote Latinè leadership is the face behind the event. They recognize the erasure of African identity in Latino communities and are working to show that the meaning of “Latino” is a broad one. You can find more information about the AfroLatinidad event in Get Involved, MN! below.


Eden Prairie Starbucks marks the 8th Starbucks this year in Minnesota to pursue unionizationThe Eden Prairie location will become one of the first in the suburbs to file for unionization. Some of the main changes that will come to Starbucks employees in a union are legal protections, meaning more benefits, higher wages, and more say in decision making at work. Minnesota has seen an increase in participation in unions since 2019, and with more and more industries in Minnesota becoming interested in unionization, the movement is just getting started.

BIPOC News:

Okemos High School is current home of “The Chieftains”  📸  Matthew Dae Smith | Lansing State Journal

Four Michigan school districts will share nearly $500K granted by the Native American Heritage Fund to remove racist imagery related to their mascots and branding. The money will help schools purchase new uniforms as well as update signage and other branded materials. Over the past several years, those involved in Michigan school districts have begun to push for changes to their schools’ mascots and branded identity. In Minnesota, similar changes have occurred in the past several years, namely in the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District who changed their mascot, formerly known as the “Rebel”, after concerns were raised regarding the Rebel’s proximity in appearance to confederate soldiers.

Bottom of the News:

Louis Hunter cooking at Trio Plant-Based 📸 Jaida Grey Eagle | Sahan Journal

Louis Hunter, owner of Trio Plant-Based, is the first black owner of a vegan restaurant in Minnesota. Hunter takes on any role needed to keep the restaurant operations flowing smoothly, and spends most of his week working in the Whittier neighborhood restaurant. He is hoping that by providing quality – and flavorful – vegan comfort food, he can help to break the barriers of veganism’s association with whiteness.


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