HISPANIC MONTH: United States of America has proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 – October 15. In 1968, Public Law 90-468 authorized the president to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week each year. The 100th Congress enacted Public Law 100-402, which extended the observance from a week to a month. The annual observance is now a 31-day period beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15.
THIS YEAR’s 2011 Theme: Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit. It is a month which Hispanics are given the unique opportunity to highlight historical and cultural contributions by Hispanic Americans. For purposes of this celebration the term Hispanic includes persons with ancestry from the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela, Brazil, Belize and the Virgin Islands.
SEPTEMBER and OCTOBER cover a wide range of independence days for Latin American countries. MEXICO celebrates their independence on September 16 and El Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) is observed on October 12. Chile’s independence celebration is held on September 18, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15.
DESPITE the fact that the United States government enforces its unfair immigration policies, Hispanics from all backgrounds are making contributions to secure America as a strong country. American Hispanics love their native country, but they are loyal to the United States of America. Many young Hispanics have joined the military and have sacrificed their life for America.
HISTORIAN WILLIAM GUILLERMO LUNA is quick to point out that there has been a lot of Mexican immigrants that have made contributions to America, namely, Leonardo [Leo Najo] Alaniz, a baseball pioneer born in La Laija, Nuevo Leon; Pedro Armendariz, an actor in Mexico and U.S. born in Mexico City; Brigadier General Robert Cardenas, Aviation Pioneer [Merida, Yucatan]; Dolores Del Rio, actress, Mexico & U.S. [Durango]; Lorenzo De Zavala, Vice President, Republic of Texas [Bahia/Goliad]; Dr. Hector P. Garcia, Civil Rights Pioneer [Llera, Tamaulipas], SSGT. Macario Garcia, WWII Medal of Honor [Villa de Castano]; Honorable Edward Hidalgo, Secretary of Navy [Mexico City]
LCPL Jose Francisco Jimenez, Vietnam Medal of Honor Hero [Mexico City] [Medal awarded posthumously]; Katy Jurado, Actress [Mexico & U.s. Guadalajara, Jalisco]; Sgt. Jose Mendoza Lopez, WWII Medal of Honor Hero [Veracruz]; Cesar Millan, Dog Behavior Specialist, [Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico]; Dr. Mario Molina, Nobel Prize, Chemistry [Mexico City]; Ricardo Montalban, Actor in Mexico & U.S. [Mexico City]; Roman Navarro, Actor-Silent Movies [Durango]; Carlos Palomino, World Welterweight Boxing Champion [San Luis/Rio Colorado, Sonora]; Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Iraq Navy Cross Hero [Mexico City], medal awarded posthumously; Anthony Quinn, Actor U.S. [Chihuahua]; Gilbert Roland, Actor U.S. [Juarez, Chihuahua]; Ruben Salazar, Journalist/Activist [Juarez, Chihuahua]; Carlos Santana, Musician [Jalisco]; Lupe Velez, Actress U.S. [San Luis Potosi].
HISPANICS are entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes, doctors, lawyers, religious, law enforcement, military, writers, media personalities, artists, students, educators, political, farm workers, civic leaders, labor and professional people. Hispanic contributions to America are many!
MEXICAN HISTORY: “Mr. Sallas: Thank you for the information of the lecture on the heroic Irish Battalion “San Patricio” at the Irish American Center. Our brothers Irish are so close to Mexican, came to America suffer discrimination, invaded by the British Empire, the tortured and as members of the San Patricio Battalion in the battle of Chapultepec; and the sacrifice of the Niño’s Heroes, [children heroes, 13-19 year old] died defending the people of Mexico against the well equipped American Navy and Army with cannons, must be remember for the future generation.” /Signed/ Efren Beltran.
Los Niño’s Heroes’: “During the Battle of Chapultepec [Sept. 13, 1847], six Mexican military cadets refused to fall back when General Bravo finally ordered retreat and fought to the death. These were teniente (lieutenant) Juan de la Barrera and cadets Agustín Melgar, Juan Escutia, Vicente Suárez, Francisco Márquez and Fernando Montes de Oca, all between the ages of 13 and 19. According to legend, the last of the six, Juan Escutia, grabbed the Mexican flag, wrapped it around himself and jumped off the castle point to prevent the flag from falling into enemy hands”. The Niño’s Heroes’ are commemorated by a national holiday in Mexico on September 13.
CHAMBER NEWS: The Latin American Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Business Roundtable meeting Tuesday, Sept. 27th at Lazo Restaurant, 2007 N. Western Ave. Registration and Networking starts at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast 9:15 a.m. and Presentation: 9:45 a.m. Members and guests: $25 donation.
GUEST SPEAKER: Robert Esquival, Chief of Lender Relations, U.S. Small Business Administration. Topic: “Access to Capital: SBA Loan Programs.”
THE LACC Business Roundtables “provide a forum where members exchange ideas, network and address issues related to financing, contract procurement, emerging economic topics and legislation impacting commerce and industry.”
LACC Board of Director Chairman is D. Lorenzo Padron; President Bennett Santana and Treasurer Antonio Guillen.
FERIA DEL MOLE: Universidad Popular will host its Sixth Annual Feria del Mole (Mole tasting and festival) from 12 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 South Western on Saturday, Sept. 24th, 2011. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door for the opportunity to taste as many moles as you can and vote on the “Best Mole in Little Village.”
FOR MORE info contact Cesar Lara, Universidad Popular at 773/733-5055.
BOXING NIGHT: Chicago Teamsters Hispanic Caucus Scholarship Program is sponsoring a “Friday Night Boxing” show Friday, October 7, 2011,Teamster Local 705 Hall, 328 S. Marshfield Ave. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony 7:00 p.m. Mariachi Band, Salsa Band, DJ Tunes. Exciting boxing matches! Food and beverages. Tickets $20.00 each. Everyone is invited to attend! Support CTHC Scholarship program! Questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TALLER PARA BORRAR EL RECORD CRIMINAL EXPUNGEMENT WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2011
LA IGLESIA NEW LIFE
2657 S. LAWNDALE AVE.
Registracion es a las 8:30 a.m.
Puertas cierran a las 6 p.m.
Little Village Community Council
& Attorney Jorge Montes - 312/850-9844