DC has vibrant Latinx and African populations that continue to grow and contribute to the culture and prosperity of this city. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and African Heritage Month this year, I am reminded of the great leaders and role models like Justice Sonya Sotomayor, Nelson Mandela and countless other unsung heroes. Mothers and fathers who work two or three jobs to support their families and build bridges for their children to live out their dreams. My parents too made tremendous sacrifices for me when they came to the U.S. to start over and I am deeply indebted to them. Now, more than ever, it is important that we protect people, hard-working parents who only want the best for their children. We cannot let hateful rhetoric and destructive national policies change who we are as a city. We are a city that actively protect the rights of all immigrants. Have a great Hispanic Heritage Month and African Heritage Month!
Yours in solidarity,