FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement in recognition:
“Today, we celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. EMILYs List is also proud to support groundbreaking Latinas who have chosen to run for office, whose service to their communities will be celebrated for generations to come. Women like Rep. Yadira Caraveo, who is the first Latina member of Congress from Colorado, and Michelle Vallejo, the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents who is running to fight for reproductive freedom in South Texas. Or Mayor Regina Romero, who made history as the first Latina elected as mayor in Tucson, Arizona. Along with Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina U.S. senator and New Mexico’s Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, the first Democratic Latina governor.”
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the innumerable contributions that Hispanic and Latino Americans have made in the United States. It is an opportunity to honor those that have come before us, while recognizing the vibrant Hispanic and Latino cultures woven into the fabric of the United States. But let it also be a reminder that they are not a monolith, and the diversity they represent is our strength. We laud it, both in our communities, and in legislative bodies where Democratic pro-choice Latinas are changing the world.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.