Congresswoman Barbara Lee Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement today in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15 to October 15:   

“Every year, Americans honor Hispanic Heritage Month to commemorate the immeasurable contributions of the of the diverse Hispanic community.   

“Growing up in El Paso, Texas, I learned from and gained a deep respect for the Latinx community and their heritage. I now have the privilege of serving a vibrant and dynamic community of Latinos who live in my 13th Congressional District of California.  

“Our nation and our district are stronger because of our diversity. I will continue to fight against the Trump Administration’s attacks on immigrants and speak out against the racisimpacting Latinx communities in our country. I will also fight for an end to racial health disparities and inequality, which have only be worsened by this pandemic. The Fruitvale neighborhood is the one of the most impacted Latinx neighborhoods in my district, but it is also one of the most resilient. The Fruitvale shows us that each one of us can contribute to make a difference in our community.   

“As a member of the Tri-Caucus, which is made up of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), I am a proud and vocal advocate for the Latino community and all communities of color. It is with gratitude that I honor Hispanic Heritage Month, and with excitement I anticipate the future strides Hispanic Americans will make for our nation.”