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File #: 160794    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/15/2016 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/15/2016
Title: Declaring September 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016 as Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the role that Hispanics have played and continue to play in the economic, cultural and social development of our nation.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature16079400.pdf
Title
Declaring September 15, 2016 through October 15, 2016 as Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the role that Hispanics have played and continue to play in the economic, cultural and social development of our nation.

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WHEREAS, Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American Citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America; and

WHEREAS, The day of September 15th is significant as it's the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this time of observation; and

WHEREAS, The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period which was later enacted into law on August 17, 1988 to recognize Hispanic Ancestry and recognize the many accomplishments and contributions made by Hispanics nationwide; and

WHEREAS, Hispanics make up a significant portion of the labor force, working as elected officials, CEOs, small business owners, entrepreneurs and homemakers who provide leadership, guidance and support of the values which strengthen our economy; and

WHEREAS, Hispanics in the City of Philadelphia are unique leaders and exceptional role models in all professions and have distinguished themselves as smart and wise business owners, creating jobs, paying wages and demonstrating that they are a positive force in our local communities and neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS, Hispanics in the City of Philadelphia own more than 600 restaurants in the City, significantly contributing to the local food culture renaissance of the City, a...

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