Cinco de Mayo and Mexican American Heritage

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Today we join the President and the nation in celebrating Cinco de Mayo--the holiday that commemorates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French. The holiday is recognized across the United States as a time to celebrate Mexican American heritage.

Mexican Americans have contributed to the rich history of the United States and make up more than 10 percent of the overall population. As an activist, I have been a part of that rich history--dedicating my life to fighting for better working conditions for farm workers and other marginalized communities. Collectively, Mexican Americans and Latinos in general have made inroads into every aspect of American society--serving our communities as politicians, activists, teachers, and lawyers. We have raised our families, toiled the land, and continue working to make life better for our communities and our country.

As we celebrate today, let us take a moment to reflect upon our past struggles and accomplishments and know that together, we can work to make this country better for future generations of Americans.