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Senator Menendez has offered the resolution for eight consecutive years without success

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), the only organization dedicated to the creation of a national Smithsonian American Latino expressed disappointment that Senators blocked a resolution by Sen. Robert Menendez that would have honored Cesar Chavez and his legacy of promoting justice, economic empowerment, and pursuit of the American Dream.

"This week's failure by the Senate to simply recognize the contributions of Cesar Chavez is a disappointing reminder of the dire need for a museum that tells the story of this nation's Hispanic heroes," said Cid Wilson, chair of the board of the FRIENDS. "As the blocked resolution stated, Chavez dedicated his life to equality, justice, and dignity for all Americans. The story of Cesar Chavez, his values, and his sacrifices should be taught in schools, commemorated in museums, and, certainly, recognized in the U.S. Senate."

"The resolution on Cesar Chavez should have not only been approved, but it should have had overwhelming bipartisan support. His story reflects the contributions of men and women who built this nation. It’s a story that all Americans can relate to and celebrate. We hope that a bipartisan effort will advance this resolution in the future," stated Estuardo Rodriguez, FRIENDS Executive Director. "We work tirelessly across the U.S. and on Capitol Hill to promote the stories of American Latinos that have contributed to the foundation and success of our nation. Bills like this resolution and the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act move us closer toward our dream to have the national government honor all of the sacrifices and courage American Latinos are making and have made throughout history."

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (www.americanlatinomuseum.org) Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, Inc., a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington, D.C., strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.


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