Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month
The commemorative month started last week on September 15 and it will run until October 15. It celebrates the Hispanic and Latinx American's heritage and culture and it is dedicated to the recognition of the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the United States.
Hispanic Heritage Week was first stablished in 1968 by Congress and it was extended to a month in 1988. It starts on September 15 because this day marks the national independence days in several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, followed by Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept 21.
Linda Chavez-Thompson is a union leader who was formerly the vice-president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations from 1995 until 2007, working on behalf of the fifty-six national and international unions to represent more than 11 million workers. Since her retirement, she ran to be the Lieutenant Governor of Texas and was the vice chair to the Democratic National Committee.
Sylvia Rivera was an American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen. She was a founding member of both the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance. With Marsha P. Johnson, Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR), a group dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens and trans women of color.
Claudia de La Cruz
As the founder of Da Urban Butterflies (DUB), Claudia de La Cruz is dedicated to youth outreach for Latinas in the Washington Heights area in New York City. The group, which has been around for 8 years, helps empower young women between the ages of 18 to 30 with sex education and career workshops. More about her work here: http://www.lagaleriamag.com/claudiadelacruz/
Dolores Huerta has been fighting discrimination and working to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers. In 1960, she created the Agricultural Workers Association (AWA) and co-founded with César Chávez what would become the United Farm Workers (UFW), a labor union for USA farmworkers. Huerta stepped down from the UFW in 1999, but she continues her efforts to improve the lives of workers, immigrants and women.
Bamby Salcedo's work focuses on health education, HIV prevention, mass incarceration and immigration reform. She is the founder of the Los Angeles-based TransLatin@ Coalition and the #TransLivesMatter National Day of Action.