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Twenty Twenty

Por Mariel Fiori
February 2020
2020, two thousand and twenty, or twenty twenty has arrived, friends. Change of decade, change of the way we express ourselves, trying to be more inclusive. Because language is culture, language shapes the way in which we think, let us see if we learn to think differently by expressing ourselves differently. This year is pretty important, further than how we say it, because it is the year of the Ten-year Census that counts all of the inhabitants of this country.

And, what is the Census useful for? It serves for this that we call democracy to function in the best way possible. The Census’ results determine the number of seats that each state receives in Congress and they are used to draw legislative and state districts. The results also determine the distribution of state funds, thousands of millions of dollars, for schools, health clinics, public transport, roads, and other resources.

Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons that take too much space to explain here, the Latin-American and African-American communities have been miscounted, discounted, in the last censuses. In various cities of the Hudson Valley, for example, there are certain places, like Newburgh or Poughkeepsie, where not even half of the people responded the ten questions of the 2010 Census. And, so what? Well, that less representatives and less money were assigned. Let’s say that instead of $1000, $600 were handed in, because people didn’t make themselves be counted. Of course, there are still questions about the census, and that is why Pilar Marrero responds the most common ones on this month’s issue of La Voz.

Further than the day to day and established plans, how about dreaming a little this year? This month’s cover topic, a Currency of Liberation, like Value and Change (Valor y Cambio) in Puerto Rico, or the Current in our beloved Hudson Valley, invite us to imagine a future not too distant and possible where local economy would blossom and it would benefit everyone. The student María Julia Hernández Sáez has the work of explaining to us what do Currency of Liberation and Community Currency mean, with interviews to Academic and Artist Frances Negrón-Muntaner and to Businessman Chris Hewitt. There are no limits when we allow our imagination to create and work for the future we want.

If there is something that will save us it is art, like the music that arrives to forgotten corners. At least that is what the youth group dedicated to teaching their passion with Strings for Cali (Cuerdas para Cali) believe, like the student Laura Pérez Rangel tells us in her interview with Rowan Puig Davis. And if it all about impossible possibilities, there is nothing better than to remember the case of Mickey in Paraguay, a David, that beat Goliath in the courts, as Nohan Meza writes, recent graduate of Bard College and Office Coordinator of La Voz, in this month’s magazine.

In this winter February, there are still days where the weather is not warm enough to allow going out and enjoying a nice walk. Tamara Gruszko, in “¿Vamos a pasear?” talks to a pediatrician that explains why it is good do activities outside this month, and gives us various fun recommendations for this area. And if it is too cold, then the teacher Olga Maritza Salazar found various educational television programs for children of different ages. Nonetheless, playing with family or reading a book are an even better use of our time.

For 2020 we have many dreams and plans, are we going together? I first invite you to read La Voz’s first issue of the year. Then, I invite you to tell me what came to mind when doing it, escribalavoz@yahoo.com

Mariel Fiori
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