BELatina’s Weekend Recap: Astroworld Festival, Infrastructure Deal, And More

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Good Monday morning.

With Thanksgiving just weeks away, we can only reflect on the delicate state of the world. We would like to start the week with only positive news, but part of being change managers is to be aware and conscious of all that needs to change.

From the sad outcome of the Astroworld music festival to the migration crisis in the south of the continent, here’s what you need to know to start your week.

Houston’s Astroworld Festival Ends in Tragedy

Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston ended with a death toll of eight (so far) and hundreds injured after the audience was caught between despair and an unstoppable movement of bodies.

On Saturday, Houston authorities were at a loss to explain how the concert, which was part of the two-day Astroworld music festival organized by Live Nation and famed rapper Travis Scott, had transformed in an instant from a celebration to a fight for life. As the New York Times explained, those who had attended the outdoor concert described a push and shove from the crowd that would not let up when Scott took the stage at around 9 p.m. Scott allegedly continued to perform 37 minutes after he was told that the environment was no longer safe. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those whose lives were lost during this tragic event.

Biden succeeds in passing his infrastructure bill

After months of stalemate and bipartisan debate, President Biden struck a bipartisan deal that would allow for major investments in all 50 states over the next several years.

Shortly before midnight on Friday, the House passed the bill by a vote of 228 to 206, with more than 10 Republicans.

Bad Bunny debuts in the latest season of “Narcos: Mexico”

The Puerto Rican artist guest stars in the latest season of the Netflix drug trafficking series. His acting debut takes place in the skin of Arturo “Kitty” Paez, a member of Ramon Arellano Felix’s gang called “Narco Juniors.”

In real life, Everardo “El Kitty” Paez was involved with Tijuana drug lords Benjamin and Ramon Arellano (played by Alfonso Dosal and Manuel Masalva). He was accused in 1997 of directing shipments of tons of cocaine to the United States over eight years, according to the Los Angeles Times. After being extradited to the United States, El Kitty was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine smuggling and money laundering in 2002.

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Authorities continue the search for JaShyah Moore, a 14-year-old Afro-Latina girl missing in East Orange

Authorities are searching for an East Orange teenager who went missing after going to the deli a month ago.

JaShyah Moore, 14, went missing the morning of Oct. 14 at around 10 a.m. JaShyah went to Poppie’s Deli at 520 Central Avenue to purchase some items for her family. She returned home with the items but was missing her mother’s credit card, who told her to retrace her steps. JaShyah never returned.

JaShyah is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 135 pounds, last seen wearing khaki pants, a black jacket, and black boots.

“My niece is a Black/Afro/Latina girl, you understand?” Yolanda Moore, JaShyah’s aunt, told PIX11. “When you’re in a disenfranchised community like East Orange, a chocolate city, there’s a lot of…I would say…ignoring of Black little girls.”

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Haitian migrants head to Puerto Rico in search of refuge

The number of Haitian refugees choosing Puerto Rico as a destination has risen sharply over the past six months, the Miami Herald explained, setting off alarm bells among the island’s top officials.

After 81 undocumented Haitians, including children, were abandoned within 12 days in September, Puerto Rico’s Secretary of Natural Resources, Rafael Machargo, wrote to the island’s Director of the Office of Federal Affairs, Carmen Feliciano, requesting a “Border Patrol presence” on Mona Island. There are no U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents stationed on Mona, an agency spokesman said.

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Chile expels 120 Venezuelans and Colombians

Chile’s government on Thursday carried out its biggest deportation operation of 2021, expelling 120 Colombian and Venezuelan migrants on a charter flight.

The move is part of a broader strategy that seeks to discourage irregular migration by sending 1,500 people back to their home countries by the end of the year.

According to official information, most of the deportees (more than 70) are Venezuelans who were returned to their country for having entered Chile illegally or for committing crimes ranging from migrant smuggling to aggravated robbery and homicide.

Due largely to a law signed in April by conservative President Sebastián Piñera that requires foreigners to obtain visas in their home countries, more than 800 people have been deported on seven different flights this year.

Latino businesses contribute $800 billion to the U.S. economy

The nearly five million Latino businesses in the United States contribute more than $800 billion to the economy each year, said a report released Thursday by three groups of lawmakers in Congress.

The Joint Economic Congress analyzed Latino businesses, the Hispanic Caucus, and the House Small Business Committee.

However, according to the report, fewer than one in four Latino-owned businesses receive financing over $100,000 from national banks, compared to nearly half of white-owned businesses.

Protesters fill Glasgow streets calling for drastic action on climate change

Waving placards, beating drums, and chanting, an array of protesters snaked through the streets of the COP26 summit host city, a mass of people so long that at one point it took more than an hour to pass a fixed point.

According to organizers, more than 100,000 people marched in Glasgow despite the wind and rain. Around the world, according to protest groups, more than 300 rallies were organized, from London, where thousands marched to Trafalgar Square, to Melbourne, Australia, where protesters carried a 4-meter-tall flaming animatronic koala bear through a suburban park.

The protests in Glasgow illustrated how the climate change movement has become an umbrella for a wide range of causes. Protesters included members of trade unions and religious organizations, left-wing activists, and racial justice advocates.