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EMILY’s List Statement Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:
"This month, we celebrate the significant contributions Latinos of all backgrounds have made to our great nation," said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List. "It's particularly important to recognize these accomplishments at a time when we have a p​resident determined to undo the progress that Latinos have worked so hard to achieve. From the very first day of his campaign, President Trump has targeted Latinos with bigotry and cruelty. This administration has made attacking Latinos' civil rights a top priority, and their Republican allies in Congress continue to advance a dangerous and un-American agenda that disproportiona​te​ly harms this community."
"That is why EMILY's List is committed to ensuring that Latinas have a seat at the decision-making table. We are proud to have supported trailblazers like Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Nanette Barragán, and many others — past, present, and future. They are the vanguard of a movement that won't let up until working women and families of every background have an equal voice in the halls of power. Now, more than ever, we need Latina progressive fighters in Washington and in state capitols around the country."

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