Gov. Carney signs Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation
DELAWARE – Governor John Carney signed a Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation on Wednesday.
The proclamation recognizes September 15th through October 15th, 2020, as a time to celebrate the contributions and history of the Hispanic community in Delaware. Quite a few speakers and advocates attended the virtual event and they say they’re taking this time to reflect on the milestones they have reached with the help of the surrounding community.
“We are still supporting each other and we are receiving support from the greater community. And I think what’s really also remarkable is that our cultural and economic contributions are being celebrated and I appreciate that not just in good times but also in times of adversity,” says Patricia Rivera, the Board President of La Esperanza.
Some of the event speakers also highlighted current work they’re doing like helping people register to vote, participate in the Census as well as translating information from the Small Business Administration to help Hispanic business owners take advantage of the pandemic relief that is available.
On Tuesday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation recognizing September 15 through October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in Maryland.
“One of Maryland’s greatest strengths is the diversity of our people,” says Governor Hogan. “During Hispanic Heritage Month, we celebrate Maryland’s Hispanic community and its many contributions to our state’s rich identity.”
During Maryland’s Hispanic Heritage Month, the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives (GOCI), the Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs, the Governor’s Office Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation will partner to host a virtual procurement workshop in Spanish to support Maryland’s growing community of Spanish-speaking business owners. GOCI and the Commission on Hispanic Affairs’ ongoing advocacy efforts also include distributing masks and other personal protective equipment to Latino community organizations and supporting Census outreach efforts among hard-to-count communities.