add this print this page

What is La Voz?

Por Mariel Fiori
October 2018
La Voz offers unique content in Spanish, which includes local, informative news with a focus on the struggles and victories of Latinx living in the Hudson Valley. This does not happen only because the magazine has a passionate journalist at is head. It happens because we are truly involved, at a grass-root level, with mostly anything and everything happening in our communities. We attend meetings, we chair meetings, we cover immigration marches, and we walk side-by-side with other community activists.

Most grass-root organizations, and other local organizations, do not usually have a communications or public relations department to make their good work known. In a very organic manner, and because of our 14-year history of empowering our readers through actionable information, La Voz is the channel, the platform, the bridge that connects activists, local organizations, businesses, and community members with each other.
Moreover, in collaboration with fellow community organizations, we facilitate events such as La Guelaguetza of Poughkeepsie (an annual Oaxacan festival with indigenous roots, celebrated by thousands immigrants and natives in the Poughkeepsie waterfront), a Spanish Spelling Bee, as well as hosting numerous panels to educate a wider audience on Latinx and immigrant issues at our home, Bard College.

La Voz was launched as a student-led project at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. What began in 2004 with 500 black and white printed copies each quarter has grown by leaps and bounds into an award-winning publication with a monthly circulation of 6,000 full-color copies distributed to 500 locations throughout five counties in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Columbia and Sullivan. La Voz has been frugal and nimble in our approach to growth. La Voz operates with two full-time employees: Managing Editor and Co-Founder Mariel Fiori, and Inés Chapela, our brand new bilingual medial fellow. We work with students,
volunteers, and freelancers on the different aspects of putting together this magazine.

At a time when we Latinos are vilified at the national level, and go almost unnoticed by our national and local English language news media, the need for an informed and organized Spanish-speaking community becomes more urgent. There is always more information to share, more resources to publicize, and more stories to be told. In the last few years, amidst heightened concerns of deportations, restrictions on resources, and acts of prejudice, the work of La Voz has grown in magnitude and urgency. On our print and social media platforms we publish relevant information on DACA; pathways to citizenship (including the questions of the citizenship test and the American Constitution in Spanish); how to respond to encounters with or raids by ICE; immigration clinics by nonprofits; inspiring stories of immigrants achieving their version of the American dream; and generally we try to keep our readership informed and empowered. Our website also has all our present and past publications available: lavoz.bard.edu.

In short, La Voz has a great responsibility to keep our readers well informed and to ensure that our media is for the public good.

You are probably asking yourself, how is all of this funded? Because La Voz is a part of a non-profit organization, we receive some grants from foundations that understand the importance and urgency of our mission; we are helped by our sponsors that trust in La Voz as a means of communication; through your contributions, dear readers; and through our annual fundraising event.

This year we present a Spanish musical play Pedro Infante: Cien años pienso en ti, which celebrates the great Mexican actor and musician. Save the dates on your calendars: November 2 and 3. I am sure that if you see the play once, you will want to see it a second time. While you are at it, please also save October 28 for an art reception that begins the week of the Día de Muertos, also as a benefit for La Voz. Get your tickets on Eventbrite, and to learn more, please read the article by my colleague Antonio Flores-Lobos on page 6.

Thank you in advance for your support and for following us every month. I will see you on October 28!

Mariel Fiori
Managing Editor

 back to top

COPYRIGHT 2018
La Voz, Cultura y noticias hispanas del Valle de Hudson

 

Comments

Sorry, there are no comments at this time.