August 07, 2023

Rep. Lou Correa introduces resolution to create a Chicano Heritage Month

Backed by over 60 members of Congress, a new resolution looks to highlight the contributions of Mexican Americans.

U.S. Congressman Lou Correa, who represents Southern California’s 46th district which includes cities such as Santa Ana, Anaheim, Orange, Stanton and Fullerton, has reintroduced a resolution recognizing August as Chicano/Chicana Heritage Month. 

Over 60 members of Congress have sponsored the resolution.

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually in September, but Correa's reintroduced resolution looks to place Mexican Americans in the front by highlighting their contributions a month before.

“Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Hispanics in the United States — absolutely important,” Correa said in an interview, but added, “Is the Cuban struggle the same as the Mexican American struggle? Probably not. We have similarities, but it’s not the same.”

Correa, a Democrat, thinks a month devoted entirely to the historical and cultural significance of Mexican Americans, who account for 61% of U.S. Latinos is critical as he noted, Mexican American history is tied to the history of the Southwest, the farmworker movement, legal rulings such as the fight for desegregation, and activism such as against the Vietnam War and for civil rights.

By:  Alan Nunez
Source: AL DÍA