05.31.15

Congresswoman Lee Celebrates Caribbean American Heritage Month

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement celebrating the start of Caribbean American Heritage Month:

“It is an honor to once again mark June as Caribbean American Heritage Month. Caribbean Americans have added to our history, culture and communities in countless ways. The unique relationship between the United States and the Caribbean has enriched both regions and this month is a wonderful time to celebrate our shared past and future.

This month also provides the opportunity for us to pursue new partnerships on a number of issues with our Caribbean neighbors. From trade, immigration and disaster preparedness to poverty eradication and ending HIV/AIDS, the United States and the Caribbean share a number of mutual policy interests.

I encourage everyone to mark this month by learning more about the many contributions the Caribbean American community has made to our nation. Caribbean Americans have enhanced our social, economic and cultural landscape and enrich our society every day through entrepreneurship, artistic endeavors, sports, civic engagement and many other vocations.

This month, and every month, I encourage you to join me in celebrating the Caribbean American community.”

In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month, Congresswoman Lee introduced H. Res. 284: Recognizing the significance of National Caribbean American Heritage Month.

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.