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At an event in early February, legendary labor leader Dolores Huerta stressed their importance and the power Latinos across the country have if they both vote and participate in the U.S. Census, including sweeping effects across national and local education, infrastructure and health care. It will also affect the amount of congressional appointments each state has in the House of Representatives, with some gaining and losing seats. This will change how many electoral college votes each state represents in a presidential election. She also cited statistics for how much money could be left on the table for not participating:
"For each one of us that gets counted, we bring in $20,000 into our community,” she was quoted as saying by the San Antonio-based Rivard Report. “Over 10 years, $20,000. If you have a family of four, how much are we going to lose? That money is going to health care, to infrastructure, to education. We’re not going to have that money if they don’t get counted.”
She also set the record straight on the citizenship question, saying that it won’t be part of the census and that the Census process is confidential.
Lastly, here is some information from the Census website on why they ask about ethnicity and what they do with the information collected.
I just started watching Netflix's new series Gentefied. I'm only a few episodes in but I'm really enjoying it! There are a lot of shows lately that discuss the topic of gentrification but I think this one has a fun new take on it. From the Esquire review:
"Netflix gave this series the space and representation it needed to tell a story that tells a compelling narrative about Mexican-American culture without turning it into tragedy for a white audience. It breaks open power dynamics. It plays with generational divides and gives a subtle explanation of how gentrification dismantles communities. It explains what happens when those with power veer out of their lanes. But most importantly, it asks its viewers to stop talking and listen."
In case you missed it, Bad Bunny just released his latest album this past weekend. It's already Spotify's biggest album debut of 2020. 👏The album is named YHLQMDLG, which stands for "Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana," Spanish for “I do whatever I want." He sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night’s Tonight Show to announce the album's release and perform new album track “Ignorantes” with Panamanian artist Sech, and the Roots. Check out the Pitchfork article to watch the videos and performance on the Tonight Show. And here are some other articles on the new album if you're interested:
PAPER Mag: During the performance, Bad Bunny wore a skirt and a shirt that read, in Spanish, “They killed Alexa, not a man in a skirt.” The statement was a response to the recent murder of Alexa Negrón Luciano, a trans woman in Puerto Rico whose violent death has sparked fresh outrage about the commonwealth’s homophobia. (Thanks to Sandy Batres for the submission).
Vulture: Bad Bunny Is Breaking All the Rules, and It’s a Thrill to Watch (From the article: the female characters in his songs "are romantic equals, players and ballers in their own right. It’s refreshing")
By 2028, Latinx women are forecast to account for 9.2% of the total labor force, up from 7.5% in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Latinos -- both women and men -- will account for a fifth of the worker pool by then. Additionally, the number of Latinx women with college degrees has doubled in the past 10 years to 4.8 million, increasing their ability to engage with the workforce. Enrollment data shows a significant portion of Latinas remain enrolled in school after age 21, suggesting they are pursuing graduate degrees, or juggling school with work and family support.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited travel destination in the Caribbean. If you're traveling to the Dominican Republic, here are the top 27 best things to do on the island from epic adventures to relaxing spots, according to travel blogger and writer Gerry Isabelle, who runs DominicanAbroad.com. If you're interested in following her adventures, she's on Instagram here. Are there any other favorite Latinx travelers you follow?
Though she is just 8 years-old, Adhara Pérez already boasts a genius level I.Q. in the triple digits. A native of Mexico City, Adhara has a measured I.Q. of 162. To put this into perspective, two of the worlds most famous geniuses, Albert Einstein and Stephan Hawking, each had an estimated I.Q. of 160. She’s hoping to one day become an astronaut and colonize Mars. 🚀🚀
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