LOS ANGELES - Today, the Human Relations Commission held a special meeting in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15th through October 15th each year. Los Angeles is home to 9% of the nation's Latinx residents, as well as numerous moments and movements in Latinx heritage, from the Chicano Moratorium to the Walkouts and more.
To honor the month, the Human Relations Commission (HRC) welcomed guest speakers to share their unique experiences and perspectives in the diverse Latinx community of Los Angeles. The HRC heard from:
Dr. Fernando Guerra, Professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies, Loyola Marymount University on the advancements, and contributions of Latinos to the growth of the City of Los Angeles
Eden Anai Luna, Program Manager, LA LGBT Center on highlighting youth and immigrant voices in shaping the future of the Latino community in Los Angeles
Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Inclusive Action for the City and & Merlin Alvarado, Street Food Vendor on Latinx experiences in LA in the 21st century, and the reality facing vendors and other Latinx workers in the City of Los Angeles.
The City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission is dedicated to building bridges, advancing equity and promoting peace. Learn more about the Human Relations Commission here.
Throughout the month, the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with a social media campaign, #LAEsperanza, sharing stories from LA's Latinx history and identity. Learn more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.