Las Notis is a daily news column that gets you up to speed on the political, media + other goings-on in the United States, Latin America, and the diaspora—all in one quick digest.
Here’s your glimpse at what’s going on today:
- Thousands of mourners are expected to gather and honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who passed away last Friday at age 87. Ginsburg’s body will lie in repose at the Supreme Court, with her casket on public view on Wednesday and Thursday. [WaPo]
- After whistleblower Dawn Wooten came forward with allegations that she’d seen migrant women undergo hysterectomies without their consent at a detention facility, Mexico is now investigating claims from at least six women who say they experienced something similar while held in the U.S. “We are already in contact with six (Mexican women) who could potentially have been subjected to this type of procedure,” Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.[BBC]
- About 20 people with Temporary Protected Status launched a bus tour this week that will take them across 54 cities in 32 states to speak out against the government’s decision to take away legal protections for 400,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan who have lived here for years. They hope to bring the issue to the forefront and mobilize voters during the tour, which ends Nov. 13. [NBC]
- Soraya Santiago, the first Puerto Rican person to undergo gender reassignment surgery, passed away in her home on Tuesday at age 73. The LGBTQ icon had been battling cancer. In the 1970s, she traveled to New York City for gender reassignment surgery and returned to Puerto Rico, where she became the first person to successfully change their name and sex on their birth certificate. [ABC]
- In areas of Mexico such as Iztapalapa, individuals are struggling with the aftermath of the pandemic, which has hit Latin America particularly hard. As economic difficulties have led to food shortages and made it difficult for people to stay home, many have had to risk exposure for the virus in order to survive. [NYT]
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said in a United Nations virtual meeting that criticism about the wildfires in his country have been wrongly portrayed and are part of a smear campaign. “We are victims of one of the most brutal disinformation campaigns about the Amazon and the Pantanal wetlands,” he said. However, environmentalists and experts quickly picked apart his claims, which Bolsonaro has leveled for some time now in what appears to be an effort to downplay his administration’s mismanaging of the crisis. [AP]