Media Room

REMARKS AS PREPARED
Hispanic Heritage Month proclamation signing
September 28, 2015

Good afternoon, welcome to the Capitol.

Today we pay tribute to the contributions Latinos have made and continue to make in our state. The Latino community is an important part of Oregon’s past and present, and – as the data shows – will be an even bigger part of Oregon’s future.

You offer so much to Oregon, whether it is the businesses you start, the students you teach, the patients you care for, or the food you grow. We are a richer state because of you.

As your Governor, I have made it my priority to expand opportunities for all Oregonians to thrive. I am committed to finding solutions that strengthen all families, promote economic justice for all, and expand opportunity for each and every Oregonian.

We made great strides this last legislative session.  It is my hope that by working together we can continue to move Oregon forward.
 
And now, I will read, the proclamation to observe Hispanic Heritage Month.

Whereas, People who identify themselves as Hispanic, Latino, Chicano or indigenous from Mexico, South America and Central America have contributed to Oregon’s history and successes since the 1800s, and now reside throughout the state’s 36 counties; and

Whereas, Oregon honors their rich and diverse cultural heritage and historical legacies; and

Whereas, Oregon’s Hispanic community now constitutes twelve percent of the State’s population with 483,000 people, with many serving as leaders at every level including as policy makers, educators, students, health care professionals; in the judiciary, military and public safety; the trades and as business leaders and entrepreneurs; actively involved in their communities and in mentoring the next generation; and

Whereas, Oregon’s Hispanic community represent a great opportunity for Oregon’s future, with more than 1 in 4 kindergartners identifying as Hispanic and 11,000 business owned by Hispanic entrepreneurs; and

Whereas, This month we proudly join the nation in celebrating the rich culture and history of Hispanic heritage in Oregon, as we dedicate ourselves to work together to address the challenges that still face Hispanic Oregonians in equity and access to the prosperity of Oregon.

Now, therefore, I, Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim September 15 – October 15, 2015 to be Hispanic Heritage Month in Oregon and encourage all Oregonians to join in this observance.