American Latino Museum Supporters to Congress: “We’re Ready to Move In!” to the Arts & Industries Building
Friends of the American Latino Museum Give Voice to Supporters at 2014 LULAC National Convention & Exhibition and the NCLR Annual Conference and Latino Family Expo
Washington, D.C. -- The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), the only organization dedicated exclusively to the creation of a national Smithsonian American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, is in New York City for the 2014 LULAC National Convention & Exhibition and will be continuing on to Los Angeles for the NCLR Annual Convention and Latino Family Expo to give voice to their over 70,000 expected attendees and call on Congress to pass the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act.
“These two organizations draw the largest gatherings of Latinos in the nation,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, Executive Director of the FRIENDS. “The campaign to build a Smithsonian American Latino Museum on the National Mall has enjoyed a close partnership with both organizations, and we have mobilized their conference attendees in years past to show broad support for this overdue museum. This year will be bigger than ever as our supporters will be able to show Congress the many American Latino icons in arts, sports, literature, and civil rights who need a permanent home in the Arts & Industries Building.”
During the LULAC and NCLR conferences, FRIENDS will display a large banner with the image of the Arts & Industries building as a physical backdrop with the message “Congress, we’re ready to move in!” Conference attendees will take photos in front of the backdrop holding the images of the many American Latino icons they would like to see in the future national Smithsonian American Latino Museum. FRIENDS will share the photo with our network of over 400,000 fans, followers and subscribers.
In May 2011, the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino issued a report to the President and Congress, which found that a Smithsonian American Latino Museum is needed to complete the telling of our American history, and recommended that a museum be located on the National Mall where the American Latino story would take its rightful place among the other landmark Smithsonian institutions. Currently, Congress is considering the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act (S.568/H.R. 1217), which designates the Arts & Industries Building--on the National Mall--as the future home of the museum. The FRIENDS have Congress to pass the act this year.
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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