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Local Latino Elected Officials Call on Speaker Boehner

Local Latino Elected Officials Representing Almost 10 million Americans Call On Speaker Boehner to Support the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act

Washington, D.C. – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), the only organization dedicated to the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, has sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner asking him to support the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act (H.R.1217) The letter was signed by 40 local Latino elected officials and 2 Members of Congress representing 9.6 million Americans.

On June 29, 2014, FRIENDS garnered support from Latino legislators from eight states across the nation: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Texas and Washington during the 2014 NALEO National Conference in San Diego, CA. Signatories include U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (CO-2) and Raul Ruiz (CA-36), NALEO President and California State Senator Alex Padilla, city mayors, school board presidents and members, and more.

“We are incredibly grateful to these legislators who represent not only the vast support that exists for this long overdue museum, but the incredible talent and political power that Latino elected officials hold nationwide,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of FRIENDS. “The call on Speaker Boehner is for him to ensure American Latino contributions are included in the retelling of American history presented on our national mall by the Smithsonian network of museums. The current bill, with zero funding requested, will ensure that we have a future home on the National Mall in the Arts & Industries Building.”

With a network of almost 400,000 followers, fans, and subscribers among its social media networks and email list serve, more than any existing Smithsonian museum, these legislators join a national call from Americans nationwide who are calling on Congress to give the American Latino story its rightful place among our national cultural and historical institutions.

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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