Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept 15-Oct 15

 

Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation

 

The purpose of this occasion is to celebrate Hispanic culture, the histories behind them, and achievement. This period, is meant for recognizing, educating and celebrating the Hispanic community. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, & Central and South America. Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 15 because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Both Hispanic & Latino communities celebrate because of their shared language. Nearly 600 million people speak Spanish worldwide. In the U.S., there are about 63 million Hispanics, and that number is set to rise significantly over the next 30 years.

 

Justice and Equity for Farm Workers

 

Approximately 75% of farm workers in the U.S. are Hispanic & are among the poorest workers in the U.S. Agricultural work is extremely difficult and dangerous. Hazardous conditions are rou- tine & include pesticide exposure, heat exposure, musculoskeletal & machine related injuries, & biological hazards like lack of clean drinking water. They face social hazards like housing, food, & healthcare insecurity. Children are forced to work the fields because their parents can’t earn adequate wages to support their families. To feed the country, an estimated two million farm workers labor in fields and on ranches handpicking fruit & vegetable crops. They are the backbone of our $200 billion a year agricultural industry. But the very people who work to feed the U.S. struggle to feed their own families. They receive less than minimum wage, and most live well below the poverty level. We hope you will join the movement for dignity and respect for farm workers!

 

Influential Hispanic-Americans for further reading: Frida Kahlo, Desi Arnaz, Charo, Sonia Sotomayor, Cesar Chavez, Ellen Ochoa, Danny Trejo, Jovita Idár, Sylvia Rivera, Sylvia Mendez, Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Guillermo González Camarena, Olga D. González-Sanabria, Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Pedro Albizu Campos, Arturo Schomburg, Mary Jo Fernandez, Sor Juana Inês De La Cruz, Dolores Huerto, & Berta Cáceres

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