From September 15th to October 15th, we as a nation come together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and honor the achievements of a people that have significantly contributed to American history and culture. As the Member of Congress from California's 37th district, I am honored to represent a district rich in cultural and ethnic diversity and with a majority Hispanic population.
Wednesday, September 19th, I introduced the Boys and Girls Club of America "Pacific Youth of the Year", Denzell Perry, at the Boys and Girls Club Congressional "Youth of the Year" Breakfast. Denzell, who is one of my constituents, is a strong leader of his club and president of the teen service group. When Denzell's club wanted to help more teen receive assistance through its college access program, Denzell designed a website that really spoke to his peers. I am so proud of Denzell and all that he has accomplished. I am certain that he has a bright future ahead of him.
Congresswoman Laura Richardson and Pacific Youth of the Year, Denzell Perry, at the Boys and Girls Club Congressional Breakfast
Thursday, September 20th, I spoke at the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) Congressional Breakfast about how sound transportation and infrastructure investments will make our national globally competitive and enhance the quality of our life in our communitites and the importance of the recently passed MAP-21 surface transportation bill, which included legislation I introduced, that would make investing in our nation's infrastruture more affordable, more secure, environmentally sound, and accesible to all.
Thursday, September 20th, I gave welcoming remarks at the Women and Diabetes Symposium Event. This panel discussion is a collaborative effort between the American Diabetes Association's Women's Workgroup, African-American Initiative and Government Affairs and Advocacy and seeks to foster a conversation about and with women to address health issues associated with diabetes, such as obesity, heart disease, mental health and nutrition.