Join the City in celebrating Latino Heritage Month

The City of Minneapolis is honoring Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with a series of events and activities for the community and City employees — an opportunity to reaffirm the City’s pledge to be an inclusive and welcoming city for all residents and spotlight the many contributions Latinos have made to Minneapolis.

Latino Heritage Month recognizes the significant contributions Latinos have made to the United States. Sept. 15, the first day of Latino Heritage Month, is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

The Latino population in Minneapolis has grown significantly in recent decades with more than 44,000 Latino residents in the city today, representing 10.5% of the city’s population. Latino businesses have revitalized important commercial corridors in the city, including Lake Street, Nicollet and Central avenues.

The City is also establishing a new Futuro Latino Empowerment Commission to advise the mayor, City Council and other City leaders on important issues facing the Latino community. The City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution establishing the commission at its meeting Sept. 13, along with a resolution commemorating Latino Heritage Month.

“Latino Heritage Month is more than a great opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural heritage our Latino brothers and sisters bring to Minneapolis,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “It’s an opportunity for City leaders to recommit themselves to supporting the community’s success. From recruiting and retaining Latino employees to supporting Latino small businesses, this is a time for our city to grow through inclusion.”

“As the Latino community grows to become the state’s largest minority group, it’s important for us to take the time to learn about the history and highlight the experiences of Latinos in our city,” said City Council Member Alondra Cano. “As Minneapolis’ first Latina City Council member and as the daughter of undocumented immigrants, I am deeply aware of the increasing challenges our Latino community faces today. This is why honoring Latino Heritage Month is valuable, as it provides all of us with an opportunity to step up to take action and be an ally to this community. I hope you can join any one of the many events taking place this month to honor, elevate, and celebrate the role and resiliency of Latinos in Minneapolis.”

Latino Heritage Month highlights:

Additionally, ¡Somos! Employee Resource Group, is spearheading a series of employee events throughout Latino Heritage Month, including educational and networking activities. The group’s mission is to promote understanding of the Latino culture and foster recruitment, retention and professional advancement of Latino employees at the City.

For more information about community and employee events, visit minneapolismn.gov/latinompls. Use the hashtag #latinompls on social media when you participate in Latino Heritage Month events. Meet Minneapolis also has list of events for the month and a guide to Latino restaurants, arts studios and businesses on its website.

 

Published Sep 10, 2019

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