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These 11 Latina Small Businesses Are Making Masks Accessible And Also Very Stylish

To help halt the spread of coronavirus, the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has ordered that effective Friday, April 10, 2020, Los Angeles residents wear protective covering on their faces while outdoors. Essential employees are also required to do the same. 

Since March, residents have been struggling to find retailers that have face masks readily available for purchase. This surge of panic buying also resulted in a shortage of medical-grade face masks for doctors, nurses and other individuals in the medical field. 

Inspired by relentless workers, small business owners are doing their part to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, by making their own face masks. 

Since the Center For Disease Control recommends wearing some form of cloth to help slow down the spread of coronavirus, we have rounded up 11 Latina small business owners who are making masks easily accessible. Below are a few members of our community who you can help support while helping our universe heal from this pandemic. 

Cha Cha Covers

This brand has a wide assortment of washable, reusable face masks available. Some prints have become so popular, particularly those that show L.A. pride, they have sold out but the brand promises to restock soon. Also available in kids sizes. 

Ashley Nell Tipton

Former “Project Runway” alum and fashion designer, Tipton says she was sitting in her studio “thinking of ways to make a positive impact during this time.” Her solution resulted in a positive impact that helps elderly people in her neighborhood — a fun masks. She says if we have to wear a mask, why not do it in style? And we like the way she thinks. 

Back Stitch Bruja

This brand says they hoarded fabric for the apocalypse, but we’re glad they’re using it for a good deed. Their assortment of masks includes Coco-inspired designs as well as other fun prints with bruja vibes written all over.

Diosa Leon Footwear

This brand is selling hand-sewn face masks and with every purchase that is made, they are donating a face mask to a frontline worker. As they say, “con amor y unidad, nada es impossible” and we stand behind that statement as well. 

Heart And Sew Clothing

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This brand sells their face masks between $5-$8 as a conscious effort to make their supplies accessible to people with lower income. This business is run by a mother of two girls.

Azteca Negra

This brand is providing free cotton masks for healthcare workers and first responders in addition to masks for sale for the general public. 

Lvly Shorty

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This mother-daughter duo is hand sewing face masks with animated prints. They are based in Los Angeles and are providing free shipping with orders of three or more masks. They offer kids and adult sizes of their reusable, washable masks. 

Action VC

This nonprofit organization is giving masks away for a $10 donation. In addition, 100% of donations raised will go toward their program that purchases and delivers care packages for low-income seniors and families. 

JY Silkscreen

This Latina owned family business is assembling and customizing face masks directly from Los Angeles with an assortment of prints including one that says Chula para la Sala which is incredibly relatable right now. 

The Magick Cabinet

This brand is a wife-husband team working endless hours to provide masks to residents. They are very appreciative of the support they have received. 

Have Cats Will Travel 3

This brand has masks available for fans of the cult classic “Harry Potter.” If traditional sarape-type prints are more your style, they also have something for you. 

Thank you to our FIERCE community for nominating these small business owners. For the complete list, check out our post below:

We are forever inspired by your hustle, mujeres. 

The Music Industry Has Stepped Up As The Pandemic’s Most Generous Donor

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The Music Industry Has Stepped Up As The Pandemic’s Most Generous Donor

The music industry has been among the most affected by COVID-19, but, as businessman Stephen Brooks says, it has responded with great “generosity.”

Even though the growth in revenue in the music industry doesn’t compare with that of audiovisual productions or video games, it has been the industry that has demonstrated the most altruism during the global COVID-19 crisis.

“Everyone from the artists to the businesses have been hit hard by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Stephen Brooks, creator of the online music channel Latido Music, told Efe.

Nonetheless, he affirms that “they have demonstrated such generosity that brings honor to our art. I’ve never been more proud to belong to the global music family.”

This pride is due to the response of artists towards the crisis, as they were among the first entertainment figures to support the creation of funds to help the working class, provide concerts on social media, and give donations to help fight the pandemic.

Ricky Martin was among the first to come forward and, through his Instagram, has insisted to his followers the importance of staying home and donating to foundations that are helping to fight the virus.

The virtual concert phenomenon began with Juanes and Alejandro Sanz, whose approach was then followed by Panamanian artist Sech and Jorge Drexler, from Uruguay, who hoped to bring their music to the homes of their fans. Eventually, businesses both small and large and TV channels followed their lead.

Anglo-Saxon artists have also started their own initiatives. Rihanna announced that she had donated five million dollars through her Clara Lionel Foundation, “for food banks in high-risk communities and elderly citizens in the US, as well as the purchase of tests and materials to help the sick in Haiti and Malawi.”

Streaming platforms have also opened up their wallets, donating to funds destined to help workers in the industry who, for the most part, worked for them. Spotify donated 10 million dollars and launched an initiative that would match the donations from their listeners.

The data collected from reports run by companies like Nielsen and Billboard indicate that the growth in music has remained stable in comparison to other sectors of the entertainment business, which have been struggling. “Some have even declined. There are indicators that point to a slight user decline in music platforms and on Youtube.” 

Even then, the spirit of musicians doesn’t let up and every day they keep announcing new events on social media and organizations in need of support to help fight the pandemic. 

Click here to learn more about the music industry’s generosity during the pandemic. 

Covid-19 Cases Surge In Meat-Processing Plants As COVID-19 Spreads In Rural America

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Covid-19 Cases Surge In Meat-Processing Plants As COVID-19 Spreads In Rural America

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Meat processing plants have been at the center of the COVID-19 response conversation. The plants, many located in the Midwest, are crucial to the food supply chain to feed the country but outbreaks at these facilities have threatened that supply chain. Some closed to save the health of their employees but an executive order, with limited power, allowed for these plants to stay open.

The meat-processing industry is surprisingly small with 4 plants providing 80 percent of the meat in the U.S.

Workers at meat-processing plants have been testing positive for COVID-19 in April. The spread was quick and some plants began to shut down in late April and early May to avoid massive outbreaks in their plants. In early May, several plants closed to handle the outbreaks, including Tyson Foods, one of the largest pork-processing companies in the U.S.

New data shows that coronavirus cases are increasing in the U.S. meat processing plants. The numbers have tripled to 15,000 with 63 meat plant workers dying from the virus. Within a month, Tyson Foods, the country’s largest meat processing company, saw its number of coronavirus cases jump from 1,600 to 7,000.

The number of cases has spiked within meat-processing plants that have reopened.

In late April, President Trump signed an executive order that some people misinterpreted as ordering meatpacking and processing plants to remain open. What President Trump did was to order that meat and poultry plants are essential according to the Defense Protection Act of 1950. The DPA is used to compel manufactures to create “scarce and critical material essential to the national defense.”

The second thing the order did was to give the authority to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Perdue is responsible for keeping the meat processing and packing plants running during the pandemic. He has to adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

As with some states, there are discrepancies showing in the data being released by the meat plants.

In North Carolina, the Smithfield meat-packing plant in Tar Heel is being elusive with their number of positive coronavirus cases. They are being assisted in the lack of transparency by state and local officials, according to The New York Times.

“There has been a stigma associated with the virus,” Teresa Duncan, the director of the health department in Bladen County, where the Smithfield plant is located, told The New York Times. “So we’re trying to protect privacy.”

A poultry plant in Arkansas was the cause of an outbreak in a Latino community.

In Arkansas, a community saw a spike in cases within the Latino community. The cases were coming from employees, their families, and their social circles. The one poultry plant resulted in 151 new cases in the Latino community of Dardanelle, Arkansas.

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