The Democratic Party of Doña Ana County is proud to celebrate diversity and to join in the observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, with the 2012 national theme, “Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership.” We celebrate both the heritage, the achievements, and the ongoing contributions of the Hispanic communities, here in New Mexico, and throughout the United States, during this observance this month, and throughout the year.
We join in the national theme “Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership.” The theme promotes the benefits of a united and diverse workforce by encouraging a reflection of Hispanic American contributions in the development of our nation. The theme also reflects the heritage and the strength Hispanic communities have contributed to the unity of purpose we, as Americans, all share together, and the leadership, throughout our history, people of Hispanic heritage have given to the nation as a whole in every field.
We join in celebrating the diversity of leadership that we, as a nation, as a community organization, and as a political party must embrace, if we are to continue to ensure the future success of this great nation and remain a beacon of freedom to the rest of the world. We also celebrate the great cultural contributions Hispanic people have brought to the American quilt, and the ongoing economic contributions of those communities, which have greatly benefited all of us throughout our nation.
Each year, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors made a home in the American southwest, including New Mexico, and elsewhere in the United States, and those whose forebears came from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observance started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15, annually. Hispanic Heritage Month as a national observance was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, with the passage and approval of Public Law 100-402.