This week’s edition covers stories from December 21st to December 27th, 2023.
Today’s issue is 750words, a 6-minute read.
Isabella talks NewPrensa’s present-future and 2023 in review
Good morning wonderful readers,
Cultural commentator, Isabella here. Of course I have the last edition to wish this 2023 farewell before the New Year. It’s the holiday season and it hasn’t snowed yet , what the-. Although I enjoy the wonderful 50+ degree weather and the option to wear cute shoes without getting them ruined, I admit I miss our frosty-bestie. It just wasn’t the same to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ or ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ while staring out the window, blizzard upon you, as you sigh and chuckle to the thought of having to defrost your car the day after christmas.
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As our Sayonara, 2023, here’s the year in review.
The Minnesota DFL signed into law:
- Protecting Reproductive Options (PRO) Act
- Juneteenth as a state holiday
- Restored the right to vote for individuals with felony convictions who have paid their debt to society
- Driver’s Licenses for All
- Updated the “Veteran’s Restorative Justice Act”
- Strengthened protections for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Faculty
- Conversion therapy ban
- Established MN as a “trans refuge” state
- “Reproductive Freedom Defense Act”
- Legalizing adult-use cannabis and expunging cannabis convictions
On a National and International level:
- Global temperatures shatter records – Hence, the ‘why’ it’s not snowing in December
- The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the end of the COVID-19 pandemic
- The OceanGate Titan submersible that went missing on June 18
- Barbenheimer took the world by storm and ruled the box office in the Summer
- The bud light conservative-led boycott after a trans influencer posted a sponsored video
- Twitter becoming owned by Elon Musk and renamed into ‘X’
- Beyonce’s “Renaissance World Tour” and Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour” happening at the same time
- The long smoky summer caused by the Canadian wildfires
- The WGA-SAG strike that we thought would never end but finally achieved some labor “victories”
- George Santos expelled from Congress and appeared on an interview episode with Ziwe
- The Israel-Palestine war in gaza
- NFL fans got really upset that football became Swiftie-central
- The Weeknd produced new HBO show with ‘Euphoria’ director, Sam Levinson, ‘The Idol’ and it was corny and terrible
- The surge of A.I. tools, like Chat GPT, and the impacts on school and workplaces
- Influencer and Twitch celebrity, Kai Cenat, showed his power by bringing thousands to Union Square in Manhattan for giveaways
- Americans’ distrust in Mass Media increased, leaving a “record-high 39%”
- It gets worse when people are asked about their confidence in the U.S. Supreme Court
Meanwhile on social media…
All in all, it’s very difficult to compile 2023 into one newsletter. But I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane, I know we sure did.
As for 2024, we have many plans to expand our content and to begin interacting in public with our readers. After all, we are about the people and for the people. What would you like to see on NewPrensa next year? Let us know.
Have a Happy New Year! We wish you a delightful beginning to January and may all your dreams come true. We can’t wait to get back to you and update you on what’s going on here, there, and everywhere.