Happy Cinco de Mayo! On this day in 1862, the Mexican army was victorious over France at the Battle of Puebla. Did you know – Cinco de Mayo is also known as Battle of Puebla Day?
Mexicans had won that particular battle at Puebla, which slowed down French power and support of the Confederates north of the border. So the celebration was that Mexico had helped secure the fate of the Union. It was a form of patriotism where victory over the French was a blow to the confederacy and slavery. Also, we have to keep in mind that Mexico had already outlawed slavery much much earlier, which was the basis for the confederacy’s economy.
In Mexico, Cinco de Mayo may not be a big celebration, but in the United States, the holiday has turned into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage. At SER National, we are grateful for and celebrate Mexico’s influence on America’s cultural landscape today. We are dedicated to enabling the Hispanic community and other underserved populations to fully participate in the socio-economic mainstream, achieving equal access and parity in all aspects of American society. ¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!
Latino Community Development Agency (LCDA) provides programs and services in the Oklahoma City area. LCDA has future goals to expand its signature services to clients based in other cities of the State of Oklahoma. LCDA’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the Latino community through education, leadership, services, and advocacy.
To learn more about LCDA, visit https://lcdaok.com/ and click here for a short video: https://youtu.be/pUrx-_-uPXY
SER National stands beside Asian Americans and condemns the horrifying racism and violence terrorizing the Asian community in this country.
Only overpowering cries of unity, respect and community can silence the deafening sounds of ignorance and hatred that continue to divide us and threaten so many. As a nation, we must do better because I still believe we can.
At SER National, we strive for equality, fight on behalf of minority populations in this country, and stand up to injustice. Serving and meeting the needs of the underserved is part of our SER mission and that extends to speaking out against those that seek to tear down a community.
To our Asian American friends and neighbors, we cannot fathom the fear and pain this latest explosion of racism has caused you. We see you. We are listening. And we remain vigilant in eradicating hate with unifying voices, hope and community.
Happy Women’s History Month! Congress declared March as Women’s History Month for the first time in 1987. While we should always honor and respect women’s role in every aspect of our history, this month, we vow to amplify those voices and highlight those contributions even more.
Think about it – without women, we wouldn’t have the hand sanitizer gel (Lupe Hernandez), laser cataract surgery (Dr. Patricia Era Bath), fire escapes (Anna Connelly), medical syringes (Letitia Geer), and so many other things that make our lives healthier, safer and just better all around.
Throughout history, society hasn’t allowed women to sit at the table with their male counterparts. They had to work so much harder to be heard and respected, persevering and developing grit and determination along the way.
While we continue to strive for more progress, women’s history is still being made each day. Kamala Harris has shattered the glass ceiling as our first female vice president.
To these brave women, to our mothers and daughters, our aunts and grandmothers, we celebrate you and honor you. At SER National, we hope to support and elevate your work both this month and in the future. Thank you for your grace, passion, and courage. We salute you.
LaAmistad, Inc. provides programs and services through more than 15 locations in the Greater Atlanta area. At LaAmistad, friendships between students and staff, volunteers, and fellow students are cultivated every day. Their impact can last a lifetime. With a mission to prepare Latino students and families for success through academic and life enrichment programs; and with a vision that Latino students and families achieve life-long self-sufficiency, LaAmistad is there to make a positive impact.
To learn more about LaAmistad, visit https://www.laamistadinc.org/ and click here for a short video: https://youtu.be/LRjyflFGpsU