As we honor the struggle and freedom of Black communities on this 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, we, Kórima Press, offer this long overdue public statement of solidarity with our Black kin and the Movement for Black Lives. As a press, we failed to immediately issue these public words of solidarity when the Movement called on all of us to do so. For this, I, the founder and publisher of Kórima Press, am entirely responsible. For this, I am profoundly sorry.
While I, as founder and publisher, failed to swiftly respond to the call for action on behalf of Kórima Press, I wish to acknowledge the efforts of the Kórima Press authors who have been actively engaged in solidarity efforts in support of Black Lives Matter.
The mission of Kórima Press is to simultaneously provide a platform for, and amplify the experiences, perspectives, and hopes of, queer and trans Chicanx and Latinx authors, and, create artifacts for future generations to hold. Kórima Press is led by values of racial and social justice, which are rooted in the words of The Combahee River Collective, “If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.” We hold the conviction that the path for liberation of all people is lit by the vision and the centuries-long resistance toward Black liberation.
Kórima Press exists unequivocally committed to Black liberation.
As we continue to grow and further embody our values, we commit to explicitly cultivate and support opportunities to provide a platform for, and amplify the experiences, perspectives, and hopes of, queer and trans AfroChicanx and AfroLatinx authors. Specifically, Kórima Press will be launching a publishing imprint centering queer and trans AfroLatinx voices, under the vision and leadership of award-winning poet, translator, musician, performer, and educator, Roberto F. Santiago. Further details about this imprint will follow soon.
On this 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, we reaffirm our solidarity with our Black kin and the Movement for Black Lives:
We support Black Lives Matter and the #WHATMATTERS2020 campaign to address Racial Injustice, Police Brutality, Criminal Justice Reform, Black Immigration, Economic Injustice, LGBTQIA+ and Human Rights, Environmental Conditions, Voting Rights & Suppression, Healthcare, Government Corruption, Education, and Commonsense Gun Laws
On this 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, we reaffirm our commitment to honor Black history, Black resistance, Black love, Black joy, Black art, and Black lives.
In love and solidarity,
Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano