Voices for Justice is a project of Acción Latina that chronicles the history and evolution of the Latino press in the U.S. The project will result in a documentary film, a companion book, and an interactive website based at the University of Houston’s Arte Público Press. The website will provide greater detail and updated information on the Spanish-language press, teachers’ guides and serve as a discussion forum for the public.
We are also orchestrating a one-year national bicentennial campaign to celebrate 200 years of Latino press in the U.S. The bicentennial will begin with a kick-off event in New Orleans commemorating the birthplace of El Misisipí, the first Spanish-language newspaper founded on September 7, 1808.
For more information on the "Voices for Justice" project, contact:
Juan Gonzales, email@example.com
Eva Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Voices for Justice c/o Acción Latina
2958-24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
Project Coordinating Committee
Juan Gonzales is founder/editor and a columnist for El Tecolote, a biweekly, bilingual newspaper published in San Francisco’s Mission District since 1970. He is department chair of Journalism at City College of San Francisco and a member of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, the San Francisco Newspaper Association, the Community Press Consortium, New America Media and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Dr. Félix F. Gutiérrez is a Professor of Journalism and Communication at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. In 1995, the National Association of Hispanic Journalist named him the Padrino (godfather) of Latino Journalists. He is author or co-author of five books and more than 50 scholarly articles or book chapters, most on racial or technological diversity in media.
Dr. Nicolás Kanellos is a Professor at the University of Houston since 1980 and founding publisher of the noted Hispanic literary journal The Americas Review and heads the nation’s oldest and most esteemed Hispanic publishing house, Arte Público Press. Dr. Kanellos is the director of a major national research program, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage of the United States, whose objective is to identify, preserve, and make accessible tens of thousands of literary documents of those regions that have become the United States.
Raymond Telles is a documentary producer whose 25-year career in film and television includes the production of documentaries and news magazine segments such as The Fight in the Fields, a feature PBS documentary on Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers’ movement.
Eva Martínez is the Executive Director of Acción Latina, a non-profit serving San Francisco’s Latino community thorough journalism and cultural arts. Martinez served as director of San Francisco State University’s Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism from 1998 through 2001. She is a past president of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Jon Funabiki is a Professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University where he is developing the Center for Renaissance Journalism, a new interdisciplinary center focused on emerging opportunities for community and ethnic news media. He has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Workshop on Journalism, Race and Ethnicity and the Ethnic Media Champion Award from New America Media.