Resolution - Support Governor Richardson's pledge to create a Department of Hispano Affairs

WHEREAS, LULAC is our Nation's oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization addressing education, employment and civil rights issues in the United States of America since 1929; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 21 to create a "New Mexico Department of Hispano Affairs ~ unanimously passed all Senate Committees and the full Senate by a vote of 31 – 7; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 21 unanimously passed all House Committees and passed the full House Floor by a vote of 49 - 13 in favor of SB-21; and
WHEREAS, SB-21 is fully and completely supported by State and National LULAC, the
Hispano Roundtable of New Mexico and every one of our affiliated Brother and Sister organizations across New Mexico and across the country; and
WHEREAS, This Department will be instrumental and provide leadership in addressing
Hispano issues in education, employment, economic development, cultural celebration, housing, medical, land grants, immigration, police brutality, civil rights and all areas pointed out in the booklet "Latino Blueprint for Change" by President Barack Obama
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that LULAC agrees to work with Governor Bill Richardson to fulfill his commitment to New Mexico State Director Pablo Martinez, to National LULAC and to all of our Brother and Sister Hispano Organizations across New Mexico and Nationally to establish and create a New Mexico Department of Hispano Affairs during the 2009 Special Legislative Session.


Approved this 18th day of July 2009.

Rosa Rosales
LULAC National President