County commissioners declare Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month


During its meeting yesterday, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) declared Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month from Friday, September 15, to October 15.

The declaration celebrates the Hispanic and Latino community and highlights its countless achievements.

Representatives from the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Centro Integral Educativo Latino de Olympia and Hispanic Roundtable of South Sound attended the meeting.

Maria Siguenza, director of the Governor's Office of Hispanic Affairs, shared the job they do to serve to bring Latin representation in public service.

“Since last year, we've had wonderful growth so that we can better represent the 13.1% Latinos in Washington State. We do policy advisory work with the governor, the state agencies in the legislature,” stated Siguenza.

“I’m really happy to be able to do this and celebrate this culture here in our county, and thanks for being here and all the work you do to help,” Commissioner Tye Menser said.

This year’s theme is “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America,” which commemorates the communities’ population growth, increasing political representation, and economic success that continues to pave the way for the rise and recognition of Latinos as positive contributors to the country.

 “Join us in celebrating the great contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans,” Menser said.


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  • wolfmanner

    When are we going to have a European Heritage month ????????

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  • Southsoundguy

    Wolfmanner, I agree, but I’d also add that everyday we live in this civilization, we are celebrating European heritage, because it wouldn’t be here otherwise.

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