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The Government of Mexico Presents National "Ohtli" Award to Governor Bill Richardson



Washington, DC.

May 4, 2011


The Mexican Embassy informs that Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan presented today two “Ohtli” awards during the annual ceremony to commemorate “Cinco de Mayo”.  These national awards acknowledge the contributions the recipients have made to help empower Mexican and Mexican-American communities in the United States.

On behalf of President Felipe Calderon, the Ambassador bestowed the “Ohtli” on the former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, and Dr. Juan Andrade Jr., President of the Hispanic Leadership Institute.

During his speech, Ambassador Sarukhan praised their sustained work and individual commitment to the promotion of rights of the Latino community and their political, economic and social empowerment.

Ambassador Sarukhan highlighted the two trends that Latinos in the United States face today: on the one hand, their important demographic growth over the past decade, as reflected in the 2010 Census; and on the other, the multiplication of potentially discriminatory legislative initiatives at the local and state levels, that far from contributing to build strong communities, divide them.

“We cannot allow frustration, the fear of our differences and the anxiety that people with different appearances sometimes generates in others, stimulate the proliferation of such measures. Today more than ever we will not let our guard down, and we will continue to raise our voice to defend and guarantee the rights of Mexican-Americans and Hispanics in the United States, which are universal rights”, he said.

The Ambassador encouraged Mexican-Americans and the Latino community as a whole, to increase their participation in public life, and to strengthen their education and civic organization levels, to be able to keep enhancing the political, economic, cultural and social vitality of the United States.

Previous winners of the National “Ohtli” include: Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solís, the Executive Director of the NALEO Educational Fund, Arturo Vargas, the publisher of the newspaper “La Opinión” in Los Angeles, California, Mónica Lozano, the influential labor union activist Eliseo Medina (2008), as well as the President and CEO of theNational Council of La Raza, Janet Murguía (2009).


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