I was honored this week to join the entire Madison Common Council in passing the resolution below recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month. Our city and our country are richer for our Hispanic/Latinx residents. t is worth noting that nationwide, our Latinx population is nearly 20%. Their cultures, their work and their businesses bring a richness to our City that we should honor not just for one month, but also year-round.
WHEREAS, each year, the United States recognizes the economic, cultural and social contributions that Hispanic/Latinx peoples have brought to our nation; and
WHEREAS, the rich and distinctive culture of the Hispanic/Latinx community has always been an integral part of our country's identity; and
WHEREAS, this month represents the anniversary of independence for Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua; and
WHEREAS, based on 2020 Census data, the Hispanic/Latinx population of the United States totals 62.1 million, which represents 19% of our population, making Hispanic/Latinx people the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic/Latinx people are a diverse racial group including those who identify as Afro-Latinx, Indigenous and multi-racial; and
WHEREAS, Hispanic Heritage Month is one of enormous pride for Hispanics/Latinx living in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Madison is fortunate to count among its population a dynamic Hispanic/Latinx community that plays an important role in our city's economy and society; and
WHEREAS, we encourage all Madisonians to recognize and applaud the many contributions made by our Hispanic/Latinx community to enhance the quality of life in our city;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Mayor and Common Council recognize the month of September 15, 2021, through October 15, 2021, as Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of Madison.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor and Common Council congratulate our Hispanic/Latinx community on this significant month and thank them for their contributions to the vibrancy of the City of Madison.