Friends and Family,
As we get ready to honor our American story of Independence in the midst of a challenging time, let’s remember who we areas a community during this holiday: lets recognize ourresilience, honor our diversity as strength, and love one another for who we are as Americans.
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines Independence and Independent as “the state of being independent”, “not subject to control by others” and “a desire for freedom.” It’s true that many of us bring American stories of our families leaving their countries to search for freedom; or honoring that our indigenous brothers and sisters had, for generations prior to colonization, freedom on their land that we continue to occupy.
Independence Day is a celebratory day for lighting fireworks, eating delicious food, and being with loved ones, and for many of us it is also a reminder of our strength, resiliency, love and hope. It’s a reminder that many of us – the undocumented, those in poverty, and those targeted by bigotry - are still not truly free from fear and separation. This is why today we must recommit ourselves to our good work, to unity, and to the liberation of all communties. We all deserve this to be our Independence Day.
From the Latino Network Family to yours, we’d like to wish you a Happy 4th of July!
Carmen Rubio y La Familia de Latino Network
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