Exploring Homecomings, Cookies, History, and Democratic Advocacy Abroad

This week’s edition covers stories 
from February 15th, 2024 to February 21st, 2024.

Today’s issue is 750 words, a 6minute read.

Isabella talks NewPrensa updates, Girl Scout Cookie finder, Minnesota Daily’s piece on Black History Month, the Basilica Block Party, and Mexico Pink March for Democracy

Buenos días mi gente! 

Isabella here, back from my South American adventure and feeling rejuvenated to be back home. My grandma always says that when you’ve been away for a while, it’s the little things you miss the most. It reminds me of a quote from Susana Rinaldi’s (former cultural attache for the Argentinian embassy in France) interview with Clarin in 2002: “Now I face the serious problem of identity that I fight for so much. Because there is nothing like one’s own home; no matter how much they flatter you, love you, pamper you, you will always miss your home, and my home is here.”

But enough of the sentimental stuff! Let’s dive into some updates. Last week, NewPrensa caught up with the rest of the Twin Cities Media Group for a chat and a group photo. And for those of you who love our playlist (hey, Melody!), it’s been refreshed with the latest picks from the team, curated by yours truly. We also checked out Racket’s review of the egg sandwich from “Egg On A Roll” in the North Loop, which they dubbed ‘Life-changing’ – I’ll soon be the judge of that!

We Want Our Thin Mints!

Meet the Cookies 📸 Girl Scouts

Now, onto a pressing matter: Girl Scout cookies! Lately, friends have been asking, “Where are the damn Girl Scout cookies!?” Well, fear not, we’ve got you covered. With the Girl Scout Cookie Finder, you can easily locate them by punching in your zip code and even support a local neighborhood troop while you’re at it. Sure, you could order them online and have them delivered, but where’s the fun in that? Let’s not forget the invaluable life skills they’d be missing out on. And no, this isn’t a Girl Scouts advertisement – we just really love those cookies! Big shoutout to the Girl Scouts for sending us Thin Mints and Lemonades to our offices; we appreciate you!

Black History Month at the University of Minnesota

“This Black History Month, the Black community at the University of Minnesota relies on one another for building connections and uplifting their voices.” 📸 Noah Liebl | The Minnesota Daily

Now, have you had a chance to read Amirah Razman’s captivating piece for the Minnesota Daily? In this insightful exploration, Razman delves deep into the rich tapestry of Black History Month, shedding light on its profound significance and the myriad voices that shape its celebration. Through poignant interviews and heartfelt reflections, readers are invited to immerse themselves in the triumphs, challenges, and enduring resilience of the Black community. With each word, Razman and the Minnesota Daily honor the legacy of Black excellence, weaving a narrative that inspires, educates, and empowers. As we commend the Minnesota Daily and Razman for their unwavering commitment to amplifying these essential voices, let us also reflect on the profound impact of their storytelling. For in these pages, we find not only a celebration of history but a call to action—a reminder of the ongoing journey toward equality and justice for the Black community. 

The Basilica Block Party 2024

The Basilica Block Party 📸 Basilica Block Party on Facebook

In other news, the Basilica Block Party is back for 2024! Set to take place at Boom Island Park on August 2-3, the event promises stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline and exciting partnerships with local businesses. While the lineup hasn’t been announced yet, we’re all eagerly awaiting the reveal after hearing about the Minnesota Yacht Club festival in July.

Mexico Marches in Pink for Democracy

“Protesters display signs in defense of democracy during the gathering in the capital’s Zócalo. Despite the presence of opposition leaders and officials, the organizers stated that it was a non-partisan citizen-driven initiative.” 📸 Denise Hernandez Rubio | Cuartoscuro

Just south of the border, a wave of pink-clad protesters flooded the streets on Sunday for their “march for democracy,” demanding fair and transparent elections in Mexico. According to AP News, an impressive 90,000 individuals marched in opposition to Claudia Sheinbaum, a leading presidential candidate often viewed as a continuation of Mexico’s popular populist leader, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Critics argue that Sheinbaum’s candidacy poses a threat to Mexico’s democratic values. With less than four months until Mexico’s presidential elections on June 2nd, the urgency for electoral integrity resonated strongly among the demonstrators. Voices of dissent echoed through the streets, condemning government actions and the suppression of truth. Clad in pink, protesters emphasized the non-partisan nature of their movement, united in their mission to safeguard the integrity of their vote.

Stay informed, stay connected. 

See you next week! 

-Isabella, and the NewPrensa team

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