Community Engagement Committee - Fairfax County, VA
Cuccinelli will fight for all

As we find ourselves in the middle of Hispanic Heritage Month and in recognition of the explosive growth of the Hispanic-American community in Virginia, it is more important than ever that our representatives do not take us for granted. As the chairperson for the Nuestro Cuccinelli Advisory Team, I can attest to the fact that Ken Cuccinelli has actively engaged with the Hispanic/Latino community in Virginia by reaching out and listening to us.
By engaging with our community, Cuccinelli has heard firsthand about the plight of the small businessperson who is being burdened with the lack of capital, increased regulations and higher taxes. He also shares the values that we hold dear: our love of family, country and individual freedom; our entrepreneurial spirit and the need to ensure that our children get a good education. Cuccinelli takes these things into consideration when he addresses the issue of immigration. Hispanics, like all other citizens of Virginia, are concerned about jobs, the economy and education.
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Posted on October 8th, 2013

10 things you need to know about Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month
As we prepare to celebrate this year’s Hispanic Heritage month, here are some facts about its origin. 
In September 1968 Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, to beobserved during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded by Ronald Reagan in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. During that month America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. 
1. September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. 

2. Hispanic Heritage Month coincides with the celebrations of Independence Dayin many Latin American countries—including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (September 15), Mexico (September 16), and Chile (September 18).

3. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Hispanics make up 16.3% of the national population, or 48.4 million. In Los Angeles County, this number jumps to 47.7%. The highest concentration of Hispanics is in California and Texas.

4. In the interest of being politically correct, many cities, especially in California, have renamed it “Latino Heritage Month.” Debate has centered over which term is more politically correct.

5. The celebration was first authorized in 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation designating “National Hispanic Heritage Week.”

6. President Ronald Reagan expanded on President Johnson’s proclamation by enacting “Hispanic Heritage Month” into public law in 1988.  

7 Some “Famous Firsts” include Antonia Coello Novello, who was both the first Hispanic and the first woman U.S. Attorney General  (1990-1993); Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice (2009); and the first Hispanic 4-star general, Richard E Cavazos (1976).

8 Many states offer special events for Hispanic Heritage all month long. These are wonderful – and often free! – learning opportunities for both educators and  students . Check your state or local county’s website to see if any events are going on near you.

9. While official use of the term “Hispanic” dates back to the 1970 U.S. census, the term “Latino” was officially adopted in 1997. In the United States, “Latinos” or “Hispanics” are defined as “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”

10. Hispanic Heritage Month provides a great opportunity to teach students about other cultures. There are many online resources with ideas on integrating it into your lesson-planning. Other useful sites include Florida DOE’s list of recommended books, helpfully divided by grade level; the Library of Congress’Hispanic Reading Room for great photographs and video footage; and for the more adventurous, field trip possibilities abound with the National Park Service’s list of historic properties significant to Hispanics.

Posted on September 4th, 2013

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