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Weekly News Roundup – 14 Things To Know

From the ongoing protests in Portland to the link between poverty and COVID-19, here is your weekly roundup in the world of politics and culture.


The Trump administration has deployed federal police in Portland, despite the mayor and governor both criticizing the practice. If you haven’t watched the videos of unnamed dudes in camo rounding up protestors, it’s downright chilling.


Educators in Florida are suing to prevent the state from reopening its schools amid the pandemic. See? Not everyone in Florida has a death wish. 

John Lewis

Veteran civil-rights icon and Democratic congressman John Lewis passed away. Lewis marched along the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma in 1965 for Civil Rights, and was beaten for it in the infamous event called Bloody Sunday. When he was here on earth, in these United States, he never stopped fighting for Civil Rights.

Latino Tech Start-Ups

Access to capital is always a concern for entrepreneurs. In her latest piece, Chela contributor Claudia Araiza explains why this is especially a concern for Latino entrepreneurs, and how they can get help

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is ceasing its long-time and charming-to-some practice of labelling certain ethnic brands with names like “Trader Jose’s” and “Trader Ming’s” amid an online petition claiming the labelling was racist. The chain said this plan was long in the works, however. I don’t know about you, but I’ll miss Trader Giotto. 


President Trump is now saying that the COVID-19 pandemic will get worse. March 2020 called and said “too late.” 

The Link Between Poverty and COVID-19

Unfortunately crap indeed does roll downhill, as Dr. Lauro Amezcua-Patino explains in this story detailing the link between COVID-19 and poverty


Dave Chappelle visited his friend Kanye West in Wyoming. A sentence that only makes sense in 2020. 

L.A. Hotels

Hotel  workers, many of whom are Latino, staged protests in LA County demanding that the Board of Supervisors put a stop to the opening of hotels. This comes in response to the major hotel union alleging that hotel openings have caused greater transmissions of COVID-19 to vulnerable workers. 


Too often migrants trying to find a better life suffer and die. Here, Chela contributor Mario Cortez tells us about a new app trying to change that by connecting migrants with vital services along the U.S.-Mexico border


Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is being sued by the NAACP over her decision to provide more emergency funding to private schools regardless of their proportion of low-income students. Yes, Betsy DeVos still has her job. 

4 Million New Cases

Sadly, COVID-19 is still going strong here in the states, where there have now been 4 million cases of the virus. 15 days ago there were 3 million, indicating that the end is not at all near. 


Trump is cancelling the Florida portion of the Republican National Convention amid COVID-19 concerns. In other news, Trump finally realized we’re in the midst of an actual pandemic. 

Latino TV

We all know colorism’s a huge problem on Latino TV—and not just in novelas—but Anakaren Navarro explains how we can address it

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Leonardo Poareo

Leonardo earned a master's of public policy at USC, and enjoys politics, writing, and comedy. He lives in Simi Valley, California.

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