They will build on the successes of our community, contribute to strengthening our economy and leave their mark on the community and on our nation.
Being at the heart of the debate, part of the greater American community, is nothing new for Latinos in this nation.
They are artists, dancers, singers, poets and journalists, teachers and scientists.More and more Latinos are becoming entrepreneurs and businesspeople, contributing to the wealth and economic well-being of the nation.But they have also been characteristically humble, and have not spoken enough about their accomplishments and the contributions they have already made to the fabric of this nation.Witness to Heritage Hispanic Leaders National Issues Action Item Business Education Bilingual/Bicultural Books Culture Literature Military Heroes American Patriots Surnames Cuentos Orange Co, CA Los Angeles, CA California Northwestern US Southwestern US Indigenous Archaeology Sephardic African-American East Coast East of Mississippi Texas Mexico Caribbean/Cuba Spain International History Family History Miscellaneous Text on the painting above reads: My great-grandparents Rafael and Geromina Salcido lived in the state of Chihuahua, known as old Mexico. Serna John Thomas III Paul Trejo Sylvia Villarreal Bisner Al Vela Gwen Vieau Lynne Winters Marciel Hart Wood Across America, the Latino population is growing, and it is now the largest minority group in the country. On every major issue before Congress and every major issue before the courts, Latinos, in larger and larger numbers, are engaged in the debate.Rafael worked in the copper mines for long periods of time. Wanda Garcia Juany Garza Robles Margarita Garza Garza Sid Gauna Val Gibbons Juan Marinez Juan Martinez Le Roy Martinez Irene Mendez-Tello Alva Moore Stevenson Dorinda Moreno Armando Monte Geneva Moya Sanchez Paul Newfield III Rafael Ojeda Michael A. Latino voices are being heard, and their economic impact is being felt in the marketplace, which is good for the whole of the nation. Many barely live above the poverty line, but many others have entered the ranks of the middle class and are contributing mightily to the culture as well as the economy. Our nation will thrive as our largest minority flourishes.
Geromina was alone when she went into labor with her second child and climbed a mule leading to Juarez, giving birth to my grandmother Micaela, May 8, 1888. Cynthia Camacho Bill Carmena Gus Chavez Yomar Cleary Rick Cochran Mita Cuarton Raoul De La Sota Joan De Soto Armando Duran Cepeda Jim Estrada Maria Teresa Everett Angelo Falcon Juan Farias Mary Garana Allen Kathy Gallegos Lino Garcia, Jr. Olivas Guillermo Padilla Origel Kent Paterson Jose M. Rosar Norman Rozeff Tom Saenz Roland Salazar Nunez Benicio Samuel Sanchez Jose R. Contrary to what may be a popular belief, most Latinos in America today are U. It's important to remember that, particularly in tough times such as these.
The painting is being exhibited in the Mexican- rooted art form of the ex-Voto, curated by Mimi Lozano, Editor Mercy Bautista Olvera Bill Carmena Lila Guzman Granville Hough John Inclan Galal Kernahan J. Martinez Dorinda Moreno Rafael Ojeda ngel Custodio Rebollo Tony Santiago John P. Latinos have many role models, and now we have one more: Justice Sonia Sotomayor on the United States Supreme Court.
Sotomayor and I grew up at the same time in similar circumstances. I was raised poor, in a tenement building in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Cuban immigrants.
My mother was a seamstress; my father an itinerant carpenter. I never dreamed that one day, I would be elected as one of 100 United States senators in a country of 300 million people, and be able to cast my vote in favor of the confirmation of an eminently qualified Hispanic judge who lived across the river from that old tenement in Union City.
It was a proud moment for me, one I will always remember as a highlight of my time in the Senate.
One day, a new generation of young Latinos will follow in the footsteps of Sotomayor and other pioneering public servants.