Last April marked Sol de Medianoche’s third year of informing and giving voice to the Latin American community in Alaska. Our newspaper’s pages contain an ocean of testimony and stories of both, men and women that stand out through their businesses, art, sports, community service, studies, careers and jobs. The newspaper has documented the celebrations, but also the difficult moments of our community. Through Sol de Medianoche our community has learned more about itself, and the Alaskan community has found a way to connect with us.
The work has been arduous and constant, built from many viewpoints. Our bilingual newspaper came about as a necessary concern from each and every one of the founders: Lina Mariscal, Daniel Esparza, Indra Arriaga, Gabriela Olmos, Lauren Horn, Dayra Valades, Gabriela Riquelme and many other volunteers.
In addition to the creators, the birth of our newspaper was made possible thanks to the valuable support of Gallo´s Mexican Restaurant (Abraham Gallo), McKinley Services (Angela Jimenez), Mexico Lindo (Rosalba y Maria Herrera), Northpole Contractors (Hugo Forest) and Carlos Mexican Restaurant (Carlos Carillo). To all of them we give thanks and recognition, for all the passion dedicated to this project, for the endless hours of work and for having planted a seed that is still flourishing.
We also thank those who advertise with us and help support the newspaper and the generous contributions of our volunteers that, in some way or another, keep our newspaper alive.
The heartbeat of Latinos contributes positively to Alaska. And the proof is that the voices of youth, older adults, and children continue to multiply. The ties of brotherhood and solidarity continue to strengthen among us. Because of your trust, we continue creating opportunities for the Latino community to have a voice and to have access to useful and honest information.
Just like Cesar Chavez used to say: Yes, we can!