WHAT IS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AND WHEN EXACTLY IS IT?

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About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Entertainment: Vocalist Joan Baez. A sign hanging near the microphones reads "We Shall Overcome." ], 08/28/1963 photo by flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/6053190883/in/set-72157627456510830/Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Entertainment: Vocalist Joan Baez. A sign hanging near the microphones reads “We Shall Overcome.” ], 08/28/1963 photo by flickr

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

Photograph of the portrait of Jose de San Martin hanging on the wall in the Oval Office of the White House, directly over a small equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson., 11/05/1946 photo by flickr

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

To find out more about Hispanic Heritage Month visit the government website at http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

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WHAT IS PAMPERS® DOING FOR HISPANIC MOMS: LEARN ABOUT “MI MILAGRO. NUESTRA HERENCIA”

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Pampers®, the diaper brand committed to making a difference for Latino parents and babies right from the start, today debuted its new online initiative Mi milagro. Nuestra herenciaPampers is providing Hispanic moms with a forum to connect and discuss how they celebrate and preserve their cultural roots, pride and traditions with their little miracles. The new dedicated heritage tab is part of an online offering on the Pampers‘ Latino Facebook page (Facebook.com/PampersLatino).

“With one in four babies born in the U.S. being Hispanic, we understand how important it is to provide moms with ongoing support through programs that speak to their everyday needs”

The Mi milagro. Nuestra herencia. Interactive Forum

The forum offers Hispanic consumers the opportunity to connect with the Pampers Latino community and share personal baby care tips, cultural traditions or special memories from their childhood. The online forum celebrates and supports parents in their quest to raise their little miracles in the American experience while encouraging them to protect their Hispanic cultural pride and traditions.

To commemorate the debut of the online initiative, Pampers is encouraging Hispanic consumers to honor their little miracles’ culture by logging on to the Pampers Latino Facebook page and visiting the special Mi milagro. Nuestra herencia. heritage tab (located on the top of the screen); to participate in weekly giveaways for a chance to win customized Pampers’ body suit featuring the names of several Latin American countries of origin.

Beginning today, fans will get the chance to participate in weekly cultural body suit drawings’. One lucky family will even be selected at random to win the ultimate grand prize – a vacation to visit a Latin American country to reconnect with their cultural roots1. The promotion ends May 31, 2012.

“At Pampers, we recognize the need to honor the uniqueness of Latinos living in the U.S., American parenting and the cultural duality that they encounter with their little miracles,” added Olmo. “Whether a parent is from Mexico, El Salvador or Puerto Rico, we want to be the brand that supports Latino parents in preserving their Hispanic cultural roots while they strike a balance to embracing their American lifestyle and journey with their little miracles.”

For more information on Pampers’ Mi milagro. Nuestra herencia., please visit www.facebook.com/PampersLatino.

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IN MEMORY OF THE COURAGEOUS ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ARNULFO ROMERO: THE BLOODBATH THAT LED EL SALVADOR TO A CIVIL WAR

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The powerful biography of the Latino Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez who spent his life helping the poor. People so poor that children died because their parents could not afford penicillin; people who were paid less than legal minimum wage; people who had been savagely beaten for “insolence” after they asked for long overdue pay.

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Romero began using resources of the diocese-and his own personal resources to help the poor, but he knew that simple charity was not enough.

He said, “The world of the poor teaches us that liberation will arrive only when the poor are not simply on the receiving end of handouts from government, but when they themselves are the masters and protagonists of their own struggle for liberation.”

After the brutal murder of two campesinos – one being his friend and trusted aide – Romero deeply saddened demanded the President look into it. The government’s failure to offer more than lip service reinforced the archbishop’s growing conviction that the right-wing government was in collusion with the aristocrats who killed for personal gain. He then notified the president that representatives of the archdiocese would no longer appear with government leaders at public ceremonies.

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Archbishop Romero presented the Pope with seven detailed reports of institutionalized murder, torture and kidnapping throughout El Salvador. He also wrote President Jimmy Carter, appealing to him as a fellow Christian, to stop sending military aid to the Salvadoran government. His letter went unheeded. President Carter finally suspended aid in 1980, after the murders of four churchwomen, but President Reagan resumed and greatly increased aid to the Salvadoran government. In all, the U.S. aid averaged $1.5 million/day for 12 years.

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There was so much persecution that in 1979 four priests were assassinated, along with many hundreds of catechists and delegates of the Word. The peasant toll exceeded 3,000/month.

In all, at least 75-80,000 Salvadorans would be slaughtered, 300,000 would disappear and never be seen again; a million would flee their homeland and an additional million would become homeless fugitives, constantly fleeing the military and police. All of this occurred in a nation of only 5.5 million people.

Romero had nothing left to offer his people but faith and hope. On March 23, 1980 Romero used his nationally broadcast sermons to speak directly to the soldiers and policemen:

“Brothers, you are from the same people; you kill your fellow peasants…No soldier is obliged to obey an order that is contrary to the will of God…In the name of God, in the name of suffering people, I ask you-I command you in the name of Jesus: stop the repression!”

The following evening while performing a funeral mass, Archbishop Romero was shot to death by a paid assassin. Although, only moments before he was shot, he reminded the mourners of the parable of wheat:

“Those who surrender to the service of the poor through the love of Christ will live like grain of wheat that dies…The harvest comes because of the grain that dies…We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us.”

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An estimated 500,000 people attended his funeral when small bombs were hurled into the ground and 40 mourners died while hundreds were seriously wounded.

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Salvadorans rally in honor of Archbishop Oscar Romero in the capital on the 30th anniversary of his assassin and when El Savador asks forgiveness in 2010 for his slaying (Jose Cabezas / AFP/Getty Images) (to read more of what happened on 30th anniversary http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/24/world/la-fg-salvador-romero25-2010mar25).

Soon after his death El Salvador was plunged into a full blown civil war that would last 12 years.

Read More: The Full Biography of Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)

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