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Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Secretary Salazar to Recognize Role and Influence of American Latinos as Part of Building an Inclusive America
Will Participate in Labor Department Ceremony Honoring Cesar Chavez and Address HACU Annual Capitol Forum
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, Mar. 26, Secretary of the Interior will participate in two events highlighting the role American Latinos have played in shaping our history—from the founding of St. Augustine five centuries ago to the farm worker movement led by Cesar Chavez to the present day—and the need to continue to invest in higher education for young Latinos as our future leaders.
In the morning, Salazar will join Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to honor the contributions of farm workers with the induction of the Pioneers of the Farm Worker Movement into the Labor Hall of Honor. As part of the ceremony, the Department of Labor's auditorium will be re-named as the Cesar Chavez Memorial Auditorium.
In the afternoon, Salazar will address the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) 17th Annual Capitol Forum. Established in 1986, HACU represents over 400 colleges and universities around the world and is focused on promoting and providing educational opportunities for students. During his remarks, Salazar will reflect on Interior's work with the Latino community, including the American Latino Heritage Initiative and efforts to attract and engage a more diverse workforce.
EVENT 1: Department of Labor Hall of Honor and Auditorium Re-naming Ceremony
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor
Department of Labor Hall of Honor Induction and Auditorium Re-naming