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Public Employee Press
By ALFREDO ALVARADO
"Latinos contributing to culture in America is our theme this year," said Carmen Flores, the committee chair, at the opening, where she was joined by Executive Director Henry Garrido.
The November presidential election was the hot topic, and Garrido urged everyone to help get out the vote on Election Day and support Hillary Clinton. "The Latino community has to send a message that is loud and clear," Garrido said. "Not getting to the polls would be a tragic mistake."
He also urged members to join DC 37 volunteers who will be heading to Philadelphia on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5 to help get the vote out in Pennsylvania.
High school band rocks
The evening also featured the swinging sounds of the Ray de la Paz Orchestra and the Wheels High School Band from Washington Heights.
Francois I pointed to the local's diversity, its large Latino membership and how well members work together. "We are all one big family, one big union family," he said.
Local 372's guest of honor was Bronx Civil Court Judge Llinet Rosado, who was recognized for her years of advocacy on behalf of children in the Bronx.
The evening closed with a performance by the Dominican folkloric group Los Cajuelos and singer Frankie Vazquez and Los Soneros del Barrio.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.