As the country’s first Latina Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis reflects on how far the Latino community has come and ways to continue to seize this time of great opportunity:
“You don’t have to look very hard to notice the impact Latinos are having across all walks of American life.
We’re leaders in politics, business, labor, culture and sports. We’re on the Supreme Court, in the president’s cabinet, in governors’ mansions and in the leadership of Congress. We’re CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and leaders of the American labor movement.
We’ve won Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and Tonys. We’ve got the best home run hitter in America’s national pastime, and the best judge on American Idol. We’ve even been to outer space and tweeted — in Spanish — about the wonder of the world below.
In so many ways, the American Latino has come of age. And now that we’ve achieved positions of power and influence in this great nation, it’s our responsibility to lower the ladder and help our brothers and sisters climb up.
As the country’s first Latina Labor Secretary, I appreciate both how far our community has come and how far we still have to go.
As American Latinos, this is a time of great opportunity and great challenge for our community. For the good of our nation and our people, we must seize it — whether that means lowering the ladder or climbing it.
As my hero Cesar Chavez said: ‘Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.'”
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