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Luz Collective Writers' Room

Luz Collective publishes unapologetically Latina and BIPOC voices.

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Project Description

Luz Collective embodies Latina potential. 

We celebrate Latina strength, creativity, and success through storytelling.

HERE’S THE ISSUE…

We are 30 million strong and command over 700 billion dollars a year in purchasing power. We are 1 in every 5 women now and by 2060, we will be 1 in every 3. Yet, in the media 76% of the publishing industry is white, and only 6% is Latinx. Our stories aren't being told and they're definitely not being told authentically.

HOW LUZ COLLECTIVE IS CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

Luz Collective celebrates Latina strength, creativity, and success through storytelling. We promote Latina individuality and go beyond the stereotypes and superficiality of most mainstream stories. Our storytelling lens is authentic and real, and informed through the life experience of living in the hyphen as Latina-Americans.

At Luz Collective, we challenge false and inaccurate media narratives through high quality digital content and invest in Latina potential. Our goal is to redefine and reclaim what it means to be a U.S. Latina.

OUR ASK

Our writers’ room is part of a high quality digital platform where writers are paid for their valuable work and unique perspectives. Too many media companies expect writers to work for free, but simply “being published” doesn’t pay the bills. We refuse to be a part of the media culture that devalues the intellectual labor of Latina and BIPOC writers and your support makes that possible!

Since we launched the writers’ room in June of 2020 we’ve made strides in publishing stories that resonate with Latinas. We published over 150 stories, had over 200,000 readers and paid 20 writers, 2 editors and 1 columnist. Your contribution will help us exponentially grow our reach to continue telling stories by Latinas for Latinas.

A NOTE FROM OUR FOUNDER, LUCY FLORES:

I have always lived my life in the hyphen, but didn’t always know it. My upbringing started out rough. Raised by a single dad, in a neighborhood with more gang members than school counselors, things didn’t go well for me. I got tracked right into the school to prison pipeline and ended up on juvenile parole by 15 and dropped out of school by 17. The labels started early. Criminal. Gang Member. High School Drop Out.

But after I got the intervention I so desperately needed, the labels remained, but the titles changed. First gen college student. Lawyer. Latina elected official (the first ever in the state of Nevada). But even with the new titles I never did feel like I quite fit in.

I struggled to live authentically as a bilingual Latina professional who enjoyed carne asadas as much as backyard BBQ’s, who could easily fit in at a black-tie gala and a quinceńera, who could speak policy and politics in English on CNN and Spanish on Univision but as is often said, still wasn’t American enough for the Americans, or Mexican enough for the Mexicans. And all the while mainstream media created narratives for us, and about us, but rarely with us.

Luz Collective was born out of the dire need to reclaim our stories and celebrate our uniqueness. Luz Collective strives to disintegrate the labels and celebrate the hyphen. Latinas are so much more than we’re recognized for and given credit for. Our skin is black, it’s brown, and it’s white. We are descendants of indigenous peoples, enslaved families, and yes, even the conquistadors who inflicted mass genocide on our shared ancestors. We are American. We are Latinas. We are Latinx.

We are whatever we want to be, united in our Latinidad.

Luz Collective was built because we were tired of being undervalued, marginalized, and misrepresented. We built Luz Collective so that young girls could see themselves represented differently than generations past. We built Luz Collective because there is strength in numbers and together we are unstoppable.

Luz Collective is the past, present, and future. Luz Collective is all of us.

 

 

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The Campaign FAQs

  • When will my merchandise arrive?
    • We will ship out merchandise within 15 days of your donation.
    • Yes, you can donate on behalf of someone and let us know who you would like your merchandise mailed to.
  • Are you looking for partnerships and advertisers?
    • All the time! Contact us and let us know how we can work together.
    • We are always looking for new content submissions to collaborate with brands that align with our mission.
  • Have any questions or comments for us?
Erika Soto Lamb
04/25/2021
Pin & Virtual Thank You
$30
MonicaMonica
04/25/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Allison Stephens
04/22/2021
Pin & Virtual Thank You
$30
Shoshanna Lansberg
04/19/2021
Monetary Contribution
$54
Mía Fortuna
04/17/2021
Pin & Virtual Thank You
$30
Samantha
04/14/2021
T-Shirt & Virtual Thank You
$50
Nathalie Molina Niño
04/11/2021
Tote Bag & Virtual Thank You
$100
Mitzye
04/05/2021
T-Shirt & Virtual Thank You
$50
04/01/2021
Monetary Contribution
$216
03/20/2021
T-Shirt & Virtual Thank You
$50
Monetary Contribution

Want all of your donation to go to Luz? Donate here!

We appreciate your support!

7 Supporters
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50.00 USD
T-Shirt & Virtual Thank You

Wear your Alpha Latina or Allergic to Machismo t-shirt proudly while supporting the Luz Collective Writers' Room. We'll be sure to give you a shout out on our Instagram as well!

*Please include your Instagram handle at checkout so we can tag you on our thank you posts!

We will follow up after your donation with a link for you to receive your reward.

7 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Tote Bag & Virtual Thank You

Wear your Alpha Latina tote proudly while supporting the Luz Collective Writers' Room. We'll be sure to give you a shout out on our Instagram as well!

*Please include your Instagram handle at checkout so we can tag you on our thank you posts!

We will follow up after your donation with a link for you to receive your reward.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
1 Published Editorial with Team Luz

Work with our editorial team to write about a topic you're passionate about.

  • We'll assist with research and editing
  • Editorial will be published on our website
  • Amplified across all Luz social media platforms
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0 Supporters
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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Want all of your donation to go to Luz? Donate here!

We appreciate your support!

7 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
T-Shirt & Virtual Thank You

Wear your Alpha Latina or Allergic to Machismo t-shirt proudly while supporting the Luz Collective Writers' Room. We'll be sure to give you a shout out on our Instagram as well!

*Please include your Instagram handle at checkout so we can tag you on our thank you posts!

We will follow up after your donation with a link for you to receive your reward.

7 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Tote Bag & Virtual Thank You

Wear your Alpha Latina tote proudly while supporting the Luz Collective Writers' Room. We'll be sure to give you a shout out on our Instagram as well!

*Please include your Instagram handle at checkout so we can tag you on our thank you posts!

We will follow up after your donation with a link for you to receive your reward.

4 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
1 Published Editorial with Team Luz

Work with our editorial team to write about a topic you're passionate about.

  • We'll assist with research and editing
  • Editorial will be published on our website
  • Amplified across all Luz social media platforms
10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward