Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

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icon-clock October 13, 2020

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from Green City Force!

The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. The September 15th date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Also, Día de la Raza or Indigenous People’s Day, on October 12th, falls within this 30 day period. To learn more about this month and ways to celebrate, click here.

This year’s theme is “Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future”. Here at Green City Force, we wanted to take this opportunity to spotlight inspiring Hispanic historical figures that used their talents and gifts in service to others. Looking for other opportunities this month to celebrate the Hispanic community? Check out the below events and educational resources:

“If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don’t do that, you are wasting your time on this earth.” – Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente used his platform as an international athlete to proudly speak against segregation, denouncing any status as a second-class citizen during the Jim Crow era. He openly supported Martin Luther King Jr. and fought for equal rights of all minority players. His legacy and example impart courage and selflessness, reminding us that no matter your status in life, one is most cherished for their impact on the lives of others in need, whilst expecting nothing in return. – Miguel Rodriguez, Quality Assurance Coordinator


“As you discover what strength you can draw from your community in this world from which it stands apart, look outward as well as inward. Build bridges instead of walls.” – Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Hailing from NYCHA’s Bronxdale Houses, renamed Justice Sonia Sotomayor Houses in 2010, Sonia Sotomayor is the epitome of a public servant. Throughout her decades-long legal career, Sotomayor advocated and continues to advocate for those that generally go unheard. She proudly draws from and displays her Latin heritage, encouraging others to do the same regardless of those that make you feel “othered”. A lifelong advocate for equality in education, Sotomayor is an inspiring force within the Supreme Court for not only being the first Latina to be nominated, but also for continuously fighting for what she believes is just for the American people. – Panayiota Fertitta-Boutis, Development and Communications Associate


“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” – Dolores Huerta

Coachella, CA: 1969. United Farm Workers Coachella March, Spring 1969. UFW leader, Dolores Huerta, organizing marchers on 2nd day of March Coachella

There is a role for everyone in the movement. Being an activist can look like so many different things and so many in the fight are ‘accidental’ activists. We need more than just the poetic motivational speakers or people who ‘have all the right answers’ to be involved and make a change. There is an opportunity in every conversation, in every interaction to contribute – whether sharing knowledge and holding people accountable or providing childcare and food. It takes a village. – Erin Johnson, Director of Service

These inspiring individuals continue to show us the importance of service, and the ongoing fight towards social, environmental, and racial justice. Join us in celebrating and honoring the rich cultural histories of our fellow Latin and Hispanic pioneers!