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Eighty-one thousand, eight hundred and eighty

March 2021
The exponential powers of the number two teach us that in 11 generations it took 4094 ancestors so that each of us could be here: 2047 women were giving birth from generation to generation for the last 300 years until they got to one of us. A few months ago we published in La Voz a short writing entitled Ancient Mathematics that still leaves me thinking about the struggles, wars, hunger, difficulties, love, affection, joys, hopes and strength that we carry in our genetic memory and that we still have to investigate.

Thanks to ancestors, we are here, this team for La Voz magazine that this month brings you a lot of useful and practical information but also inspirational, alongside ideas to keep chewing, keep evolving. Hillary Harvey, Erica Brown and Troy Ellen Dixon, organizers of the series of events that celebrate the month of women’s history in Kingston, say that women make history all year long, and for that reason, almost reaching the end of the pandemic, there will be events beyond the month of March. 

The Paraguayan poet and indidenous activist Alba Eiragi Duarte says in an interview with our general coordinator Nohan Meza that, “truth is justice”, and that is why she fights for the rights of women and to preserve the original ancestral cultures for future generations.

First year student at Bard College from a Chilean family, Elisa Littin writes about voting rights for felons in New York State. While Davide De La Cruz, a collaborator of La Voz in his last year at Bard and from a Mexican family, explains what Marxist feminism is and why it is also called feminism for the 99 percent.

In American Dream, a La Voz column that for years now has told inspiring stories of immigrants who choose the Hudson Valley as their home, introduces now as a collaborator the Mexican teacher Gabriela Ávila. This month Ávila interviews Poughkeepsie’s community activist, Mexican Gabriela Vega-Matthews, who calls for more Hispanics to organize for mutual solidarity amid so much devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now if we’re looking for practicality, we have that, too. The multifaceted Venezuelan violinist Laura Pérez Rangel presents another section of the educational supplement: Preparing for the New York State driving test. The Argentine artist and journalist María Fernanda Hubeaut teaches us the steps of transitioning to a plant-based diet if we seek health and freedom. In his environmental column, Salvadoran engineer Hugo Jule writes about climate change, the pandemic, and what each of us can do to protect the environment and our health.
And of course, our resource guide brings a wide variety of helpful information. 

The Argentine-American curator and artist Elisa Pritzker presents this month the great 
Brazilian artist Luz Castaneda, who tells her story and her roots through brushes. The Peruvian teacher Olga Maritza Salazar also leaves us a good reflection to help parents teach equality between children. Or as I read on a poster: no child is born sexist (or racist, by the way). Colombian holistic psychologist Dora Inés Grosso García reminds women to rescue love, the basis of the power we have as a society to live in harmony and happiness.

Eighty-one thousand, eight hundred and eighty ancestors were needed so that the twenty people named here could express the ideas of this March 2021 magazine. Thank you to the contributors, thank you to their ancestors, and thank you to you readers, for following us.

Enjoy this issue!

Mariel Fiori, Director

Translated from Spanish by Nohan Meza

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