One Nation: ¡Presente!

WATCH THE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL LATINO MUSEUM CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

Latinos are the most underrepresented ethnic group in the entire Smithsonian institution counted as both staff and collections. By its own admission, its 1994 Willful Willful Neglect report showed that the Smithsonian Institution has drastically left out the contributions of American Latinos, and 25 years later, the UCLA report Invisible No More showed that very little progress has been made.

After 25 years of fighting for this museum, we are now closer than ever to making it a reality. As of October 13th, the bill has 215 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House and 25 in the Senate– the highest numbers ever.

Thanks to your continued support and because you’ve shared your stories and messages, the time has finally come as we finally have our first-ever Congressional Hearing on the Smithsonial National Museum of the American Latino with theHouse Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands.

Join us and watch LIVE on Thursday, October 17th 10AM-12PM

This legislative effort has enjoyed bipartisan leadership from the start, and this bill is truly representative of the broad support we have but we can’t stop there. 

Continue to share your stories and support with #LatinoMuseumNow!

MAKE THE CALL: TAKE ACTION

We are now closer than ever to making it a reality in this congressional session. We have serious momentum from Congressional leadership both in the House and the Senate with the most cosponsors we have ever had and plans for our first-ever congressional hearing.
This Hispanic Heritage month is now a critical moment to make sure Congress knows we’re ready and we won’t wait any longer. Contact your legislative leaders today!

Pick up the phone and call your U.S. Representatives by following these three easy steps:

  1. Enter your zip code or address into the form on the right.
  2. If your representative’s phone number is not provided, call the U.S. House switchboard operator at (202) 225-3121 to get transferred to your designated office
  3. Ask your Representative to support the National American Latino Museum Act (script below):

“Hello my name is (______) and as your constituent, I urge you to support the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act. I believe the creation of this museum is long overdue, and I believe it can educate, inspire, and encourage understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. (insert what an American Latino Museum would mean to you). I hope I can count on you to co-sponsor the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act and make this museum a reality.”]

Locate Your State Representatives

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN

After 25 years of fighting for this museum, we are now closer than ever to making it a reality in this congressional session. We have serious momentum from Congressional leadership both in the House and the Senate with the most cosponsors we have ever had and plans for our first-ever congressional hearing. This Hispanic Heritage month is now a critical moment to make sure Congress knows we’re ready and we won’t wait any longer.

One Nation: ¡Presente! is a month-long celebration of our collective 500-year history, vision, and accomplishments as American Latinos. Like a “grito” or a celebratory “wepa”- ¡Presente! is an affirmation of our existence and a tribute to those who have built the foundations before us.

Join us as we kick off the campaign on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11 AM PST / 12 PM MST / 2 PM EST with #OneNationPresente.

TAKE THE #ONENATIONPRESENTE CHALLENGE

We want to hear from you and amplify your stories, vision, and experiences. You can join the campaign by sharing:
  • Our campaign launch gif or photo to raise awareness and build a groundswell of support on Monday, September 16th 11am PT/2pm ET;
  • Share a photo of an American Latinx figure who inspires you (history or present-day);
  • Challenge 3 others to share their American Latinx inspirations as well; and
  • RT or re-share one of our American Latino stories of leadership and accomplishments from our history throughout the month.
All month long, we’ll be sharing your stories and the images of the people who inspire you.