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CWA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

This year as the nation recognizes it's 54th Hispanic Heritage Celebration, CWA National Women's Committee and the Committee on Civil  Rights and Equity, share in the celebration with our Hispanic sisters and brothers and their families. Latinos today contribute towards the advancement of our communities across the country as public servants, veterans, teachers, small business owners, alongside many other professions. Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to recognize their achievements and contributions to our national story.

Originally, Hispanic Heritage Month previously known as Hispanic Heritage Week, started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson when congress passed Proclamation 3869. In 1988, President Reagan enacted a public law to celebrate for 30-days, starting on September 15th. This day is significant because it is the anniversary of independance for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. The Hispanic community is integral to the history of accomplishments of the United States.

Immigrants are a vital part of that history, as well as the Latin Americans who were also part of the land and culture in the United States, long before we became a nation. Latin history plays a pivotal role in labor history and the growing numbers of Latin people in the workforce help strengthen labor's message as unions causes include civil rights, gender and immigration issues, voter registration and voter engagement, but most importantly equity and equality in the fight for basic Human Rights.

To honor and celebrate all Latino's, we will partake in a four part weekly series where we will expand on Latino contributions to the civil rights and Labor Movements, Inspiring Latin men and women, and more. This series, along with facts, activities and recipes will continue through the end of the
celebration month.

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