Latinx communities and other marginalized groups are left out — and often vilified — by big publishing companies. Who controls our stories has power over our lives, influences how we are perceived and treated on a daily basis, how policy is created, and how solutions are discussed. Misrepresentations of Latinx people and migrants in literature has a lasting cultural impact that affects our human rights, economic power, and overall well-being.
#DignidadLiteraria is continuing to build momentum and power thanks to your incredible support! Together, we've secured an unprecedented commitment from the leadership of Macmillan USA to transform their publishing practices and include substantial increases in Latinx titles and staff across the entire company. Dozens of incredibly powerful events led by writers and activists have mobilized thousands across the country. And, we’re not done yet!
In light of the troubling practices and outcomes in publishing, we are calling on NY State Gov. Cuomo to direct the NYS Division of Human Rights to open an industry-wide investigation on potential discriminatory practices in hiring staff and in contracting with authors in the publishing industry. Opening an investigation into the ‘Big 5’ publishing houses will get us closer to attaining the transformative structural changes our communities are demanding.
Help hold the U.S. publishing industry accountable by calling on Governor Cuomo to open an investigation.
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