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Rep. Chu Celebrates the Beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., issued the following statement to commemorate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15 every year.

"For hundreds of years, America's Hispanic community has played an invaluable role in our country's economic, cultural and political way of life," said Chu.  "During Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor this great community and pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions that Hispanics have made throughout our history, and continue to make to America every day.

"Hispanic values – faith, family, love of country – are American values. The Hispanic dream – the hope of a better, more prosperous future – is the American Dream.  In Congress, I'm committed to ensuring that all Latinos, and all Americans, can better pursue these dreams and values in their daily lives.

"The vibrant Hispanic community in my district and home state makes this celebration even more meaningful.  And it's important to take this time to remember the leaders that our local community lost during the past year.  Specifically, Dr. Mario Guerra Obledo and Agustin ‘Bobby' Salcedo.

"Dr. Obledo was known as the ‘Godfather of the Latino Movement'.  As president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the nation's oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization, and founder of the National Coalition of Hispanic Organizations, Dr. Obledo dedicated his life to bringing national attention to civil rights issues affecting minority communities throughout the nation.  He was a tireless advocate for the powerless and downtrodden.  Our local Hispanic community and everyone, anywhere committed to justice will sincerely miss Dr. Obledo's influence and guiding voice.

"Similarly, our community lost a rising star and tremendous leader with the death of Bobby Salcedo earlier this year.  Dedicated to improving the lives of children everywhere, he served on the school board of the El Monte School District and as assistant principal Mountain View High School.  Bobby was a personal friend of mine and so many others in our community.  He will truly be missed.

"As we move forward with Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor the contributions of Dr. Obledo, Bobby Salcedo, and so many others who have made America what it is today.  Together, we celebrate the ways the Hispanic community has shaped our country and will continue to for generations to come."

Representative Judy Chu was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California's 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley.  She is a member of the House Judiciary, Government Oversight, and Education and Labor Committees.

Congresswoman Chu's career in politics spans 24 years, and began with her successful efforts to defeat an English-only resolution in her hometown of Monterey Park.