Calling all Amigos y Amigas to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

By admin / On / In Local 88, Members

national-hispanic-heritage-month1Join in the month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month activities hosted by the Multnomah County Health Department, Bienestar de la Familia, and the county Employees of Color (EOC).

Latin Americans Documentary Brown Bag

The activities will kick off with the showing of 3 films, part of the “Latino American’s,” documentary – Sept 23, 30th, Oct 14 – 12-1 pm. –  McCoy Building.


The annual reading of the Proclamation will feature a presentation by county STRYVE program participants, folkloric dancing, and light refreshments.  It will take place on October 8th, 10:30 – 12:30 pm – Multnomah building.

After-Hours Fiesta

A new feature this year, will be an “After-Hours Fiesta,” to be held on Thursday, October 8 (4:30 – 7:30 pm) at Cha Cha Cha Taqueria located at 305 NW 21st Ave.

My Lating American Story

Culminating the month will be presentations by county employees sharing their stories on October 15 – 12-1pm – Lincoln Building.

Keynote Speaker:  Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio

And a featured keynote address by Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director of Health Equity at Families where her focus is on expanding and strengthening Families USA’s ability to enhance and elevate health care advocacy and activism in communities of color across the nation-  October 16th – 8:30 – 10:30 am – Multnomah Building.

All events are free and open to the public. 

Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 and the length of it was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period (September 15 -October 15). It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.  All declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize  celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.

Hispanic Heritage Month also celebrates the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in North America.