Cruz, Lizania

We The News

Lizania Cruz

Bedford Stuyvesant

Design, Literary Art, Multidisciplinary



We the News is a newsstand that distributes immigrant-focused publications and products. It features zines that archive stories and conversations by Black immigrants from the Caribbean and Africa, and first-generation Black Americans, collected during a series of private story circles. Past story circles were organized in partnership with the Black Alliance of Just Immigration (BAJI) and took place in Bed-Stuy and Flatbush, Brooklyn. After each gathering, zines were designed and edited in collaboration with the participants to later be distributed via the newsstand. The first public intervention of the newsstand will launch in the summer of 2018 as mini sidewalk festivals with music, zine reading, and poster workshops celebrating Pan-Africanism and redefining what sanctuary means for immigrants.


We the News was originally commissioned by The LP in 2017. The next phase of the project is supported by The LP through our first ever, one-year Artist Residency. The expanded project will be two-pronged and include: 1) the organizing of new story circles in collaboration with BAJI, and other to-be-confirmed partners, and 2) hosting a series of programming where the public engages directly with the publications on the newsstand.



Lizania is a socially engaged artist interested in the effects of migration as related to notions of citizenship, identity, and ways of belonging. As she reconciles with her own Caribbean diaspora, Lizania utilizes different frameworks to explore these themes, together with others from Black diasporic communities. Participants take an active role in shaping their own narratives, which are shared through printed matter, object-making, and photography created by Lizania, to inform the public.



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