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File #: 170748    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 9/14/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 9/14/2017
Title: Declaring September 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 as Hispanic Heritage Month here in the City of Philadelphia to honor the role that Hispanics have played and continue to play in the economic, cultural and social development of our City and nation.
Sponsors: Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Blackwell
Attachments: 1. Signature17074800.pdf
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Declaring September 15, 2017 through October 15, 2017 as Hispanic Heritage Month here in the City of Philadelphia to honor the role that Hispanics have played and continue to play in the economic, cultural and social development of our City and 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 term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin; 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 September18, 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 Regan 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, Today over 55 million people or 17% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin, representing a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 Million or 13% of the total U.S. population; and

WHEREAS, According to the 2010 U.S. Census, here in Philadelphia Hispanics make...

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