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Rangel Introduces Legislation To Celebrate Dominican Heritage

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Charles B. Rangel introduced a House Resolution that recognizes the importance of acknowledging the contributions of Dominican-Americans to the United States. The Dominican-American Heritage Resolution commemorates the achievements and rich culture of nearly 1.5 million people of Dominican descent in the United States, with over 700,000 residing in New York alone.

"Dominicans have struggled and worked hard to become an integral part of our communities," said Rangel. "A people motivated by the value of hard work and the bonds of family, they deserve to be acknowledged and applauded for their economic, cultural, and social contributions to our congressional district in Manhattan and the Bronx, and throughout the United States."

Rangel's resolution honors Dominican-Americans during Dominican Republic's most important religious celebration period. It would designate a month of celebration, starting from January 21st, the Day of the Procession of Altagracia, to February 27th, the Dominican Republic's day of Independence, to be filled with local festivities that represent the Dominican heritage while recognizing their accomplishments.

The Dominican-American community is the fastest growing population, as well as the second largest Hispanic population in the New York City.

"Dominican-Americans are some of the hardest working, most exuberant and patriotic members that make America the great melting pot that it is." Rangel said. "From National League Baseball stars, to fashion inspiration from the legendary Oscar de la Renta, to thousands of soldiers, doctors, lawyers, journalists, educators, and public servants, Dominican Americans have played a vital role in various facets in our country," Rangel added.

Rangel first introduced the bill in 2011 and is committed to getting it passed.

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