Dean Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month

Dean Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month


Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – US Newswire)–September 15, 2005–Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins today, September 15, 2005:

“I’m honored to join millions of Americans all across our nation in commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month. The heritage of the Hispanic community can be seen every single day in the hard work, deep faith and close-knit families of America’s largest minority group. In everything from government to science, agriculture to entertainment, the Hispanic community has made and continues to make an immeasurable contribution to strengthening our American community.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is as much about the future, as it is about the past. Hispanics are among those most affected by the devastating impact of the Republican Party’s special interest agenda. Under the current Administration, household income in the Hispanic community has declined by more than $2,000, two million more Hispanics lack health insurance, and important programs to help Hispanic small businesses have been drastically cut. As a country we must also take stock in the realities that too many Hispanic children, almost half, don’t finish high school, and too few can afford to pursue a higher education.

“The truth is that the challenges confronting the fastest-growing population group in the country are not for Hispanics alone to face. All Americans deserve a government that recognizes that if any segment of our population is left behind, we all lose. The business-as-usual approach of the Republican leadership in Washington has failed Hispanics and all Americans.

“In the past few weeks we have seen what happens when politics and indifference supercede compassion and organization. The enduring lesson of Hurricane Katrina is that there still are too many Americans who don’t have equal opportunities. Tens of thousands of Hispanic families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, along with so many others, worked hard and played by the rules but were left behind when they needed a helping hand the most.

“Our nation is great and strong because we look out for each other, because we know that when we come together around a common purpose great things are possible, and because an innate sense of justice shapes our values. Responsibility is not just about accepting blame. It is about taking real action for the common good. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Democrats renew our commitment to opening the doors of opportunity for everyone in America, and to ensuring that no American family ever has to choose between a bag of groceries and a tank of gas. That is why we are working to ensure that all Americans have quality and affordable health care, that all of our children receive a top-notch education in classrooms staffed with the most qualified teachers in the world, and that our government fulfills its most important responsibility to keep every American safe and secure.”

Dean Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month