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Congresswoman Waters Celebrates Cinco de Mayo

July 15, 2009
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-35) celebrated Cinco de Mayo by participating in events in Gardena and in Watts over the weekend.  She recognized the City of Gardena Cinco de Mayo Committee on the occasion of the 23rd annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Parade and praised the committee's "outstanding work in providing an opportunity for Gardena residents to celebrate and share the city's rich history and cultural diversity and promoting unity, peace and community pride."

Congresswoman Waters also recognized the Watts/Century Latino Organization on the occasion of the 17th annual Watts Cinco de Mayo Celebration and expressed appreciation for the organization's "continued service to the community by providing an opportunity for Los Angeles residents to experience a celebration that crosses cultural barriers".

Cinco de Mayo, which means May 5th, marks the triumph of the Mexican people over the French Army in the battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. 

"Today is not only about that historic battle of many years ago.  On Cinco de Mayo, we also celebrate the importance of Mexican-Americans and indeed of all Latinos to our communities, to California and to the United States," said Congresswoman Waters.  "This date reminds us that all peoples – regardless of their race or color – need freedom, liberty and self-determination and that all cultures are worthy of respect."

Congresswoman Waters noted that according to Census data more than half of the residents of the 35th Congressional District are Latino.

"I am proud to represent a diverse, multicultural population, and I remain committed to working on behalf of all of my constituents.  I want to help our Latino families share in the American dream, and I am proud of the efforts that Congress and President Obama are making to help jumpstart the economy, improve healthcare and education and assist small businesses," she said.