September 15, 2022

Congresswoman Lee Releases Statement on Hispanic Heritage Month

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement today in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed from September 15th to October 15th:

“Each year, Americans honor Hispanic Heritage Month to commemorate the measureless contributions of the Hispanic community. Growing up in El Paso, Texas, I learned from and developed a deep appreciation for the Hispaniccommunity, their culture, and their heritage. As the Congresswoman for the 13th District of California, I now have the immense privilege of serving a vibrant and dynamic Hispanic community.

“Generations of Hispanic Americans have made significant and lasting contributions to this country. In recent years they have been at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and we must take this opportunity to thank them. We also must acknowledge the pervasive impact of years of racism and discrimination, and recommit to the fight for racial equity, universal healthcare, and a living wage. 

“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 proud to be an strong advocate for the Hispanic community and for all communities of color. It is with deep appreciation and gratitude that I welcome in and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.”