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Reginaldo Rodriguez - Valdez Market - Mississippi Free Press
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‘La Valdez’ Essential for Immigrants as COVID-19 Spreads

Valdez Market sits in the Country Club Village Shopping Center on Old Canton Road, where it took over the site after a Winn-Dixie closed, virtually straddling the border between the capital city and its northern suburb of Ridgeland. It is an area that has seen demographic shifts in recent years, particularly in the large influx of Spanish-speaking residents in the area.

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Francisca Morales Diaz - Mississippi Free Press
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‘They See Us As Disposable’: ICE Detainees Plead for Release from COVID-19 ‘Breeding Ground’

During Francisca Morales Diaz’ last week at the South Louisiana ICE Processing Center in mid-March, guards told her and the 71 other women in her cell block that they would soon run out of toilet paper and soap, even as the novel coronavirus was spreading across the south. Diaz, a diabetic whose disease makes her especially susceptible to COVID-19, had already spent nearly eight months in ICE custody in the prison.

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