Latino Heritage Month continues with action on the census and immigration!
Latino Heritage Month continues with action on the census and immigration!
SPECIAL LAtino Heritage month EDITION
Today is National Voter Registration Day! Did you know that all voters must register prior to voting? You can register at the polls, pre-register online, or submit a paper application in person or by mail. With less than six months to go until the March 3 presidential primary here in Minnesota, this is the perfect time to make sure you're registered to vote. You can check to see if you're registered by visiting the Secretary of State's website.

Minnesota is one of the “Super Tuesday” states voting in early March, and for the first time in years the state will have a presidential primary. There will be separate ballots for each major party in the presidential primary, voters can choose which one to complete. The party voters choose will not be public information, though it will be made available to each major party.

More information on the presidential primary is on the Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services website.

The deadline for pre-registering for the March 3 presidential primary is Tuesday, February 11.


An accurate count in the 2020 census will be key in establishing fair economic and political representation for all communities across Minnesota. Census data informs Congressional re-districting and the allocation of billions of federal dollars that states and communities rely on. For Latino Heritage Month, we want to help raise awareness about the importance of getting the Latino community prepared to fill out the census.
Join CLUES Director of Policy and Community Development Angelica Klebsch, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, Minneapolis Regional Chamber President and CEO Jonathan Weinhagen, and Minnesota State Demographer Susan Brower as they discuss the impact of the census on Latino families. Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano will be facilitating the plática.
Monday, September 30
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Midtown Global Market, Main Stage, 920 E. Lake Street
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Coffee, champurrado, tamales, and pan dulce will be served.

Join Representative Ilhan Omar, Attorney General Keith Ellison, City Council Member Alondra Cano, and the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department to organize with your friends, family, and neighbors to focus on solutions that advance our movement for immigrant rights.
This community gathering will feature two guest speakers, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights Political Director Artemio Arreola and United We Dream's Deputy Director Greisa Martinez Rosas or Executive Director Cristina Jimenez.
This session will help community members learn about the current immigration bills introduced in Congress and provide interactive ways for residents to become active in working to end the injustices faced by immigrant families.
Event is free, but registration is required.

Tuesday, October 1st

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Free, family friendly event

Latino Heritage Month

There are many ways to honor and celebrate Latino Heritage Month. Be sure to check out the different events featured on the Meet Minneapolis website. For starters, you can join El Colegio Charter School's fundraiser with Los Angeles based Alma Lopez or celebrate Latinidad with Minnesota's first ever Latina Mayor, Maria Regan Gonzalez at the Latino Lead event.


Thankful for University of Minnesota Medical students organizing for better conditions at detention centers, read more about their efforts on the Mn Daily's article. Photo credit above to Mn Daily.

Mexico calls for international forum to address the rise of white supremacy, read more about Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's call to action in the Dallas Morning News article.

Latino mmigrants and bicultural Iowans are redefining the heartland, check out their latest written collaboration at the Iowa Writers' House website.

Fifteen new books by Latinx authors that you can and should devour.

Analú María López, with Chicago's Newberry Library in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies collection, and Victor Arroyo are revitalizing Mexican Indigenous languages. Check out their video (password: Kwalli123) and help support their Mexican Indigenous language center in Mexico.

While the City of Minneapolis employs 4,220 people, only 4% of us are Latino. This is why, on September 13th, the Mayor and I joined efforts with ¡Somos! (the City's Latinx employee resource group) to discuss ways we can recruit, retain, promote, and increase the number of Latinos employed by the City. A big thank you to the City Department Directors and leaders who spoke at this event and demonstrate committment to this issue. 
You can get all the details of the City's Latino Heritage Month events on the City's website.
You can also read about the Latino Heritage Month community-led events on the Meet Minneapolis website.
Pop quiz: Why does the the City of Minneapolis prefer to use "Latino" over "Hispanic"? 
Answer: The terms "Latino" and "Hispanic" have distinct linguistic qualities and histories, with roots going back as far as the invasion by the Spanish in the 16th century. This linguistic debate has evolved over time with the usage of the term "Hispanic" by the US government on census forms in 1980. People have passionately discussed the implications and etymology of these words, both in relation to their own cultural identities and autonomy.
"Hispanic" is an exonym, or a term created by an outside group to describe a place or ethnic identity of a group of people. This is problematic for multiple reasons. Firstly, the people and places of Latin America are diverse! The geographies, cultures, and races are far reaching and not easily defined by an ethnic or cultural subcategory. Secondly, this term emerges from centuries of Spanish colonialism, political, cultural, and economic oppression enacted upon the diverse peoples, sovereign lands, and independent states across Latin America and the Caribbean. 
"Latino", termed an endonymalso, is is a word created by a group of people for their own use, to describe themselves or their geographic place in the world. This term supplies a larger geographic and ethnic categorical "tent", one that also encompasses the people of the Carribean nations, those with Indigenous and mestizo identities, as well as those of African and Asian descent. Perhaps most importantly this terminology is a way for people to reclaim and define their complex ethnic and cultural identities outside of a colonial paradigm, one so often associated with the trauma and brutal impacts of violence, forced assimilation, and erasure.
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Alondra Cano represents the Ninth Ward on the Minneapolis City Council. The Ninth Ward consists of the Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods along with a sliver of Longfellow. Our diverse and vibrant communities boast beautiful parks, a number of thriving small business corridors, the Midtown Exchange, world class hospitals, and an informed and engaged community of changemakers, artists, and activists.
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