COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., - On Tuesday, the City of Colorado Springs read a resolution proclaiming September 15th through October 15th Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate and honor past and present leaders of the Latin community.
Yolanda Avila, who represents District Four and has been a part of the Colorado Springs City Council for five years, says she is happy the city has recognized this month.
"At least 40 percent of this district is Latino so my mission is to bring us to an even playing field and that is in terms of infrastructure which includes transit, economic development, and connectivity," said Avila.
At this City Council meeting on Tuesday, a folkloric dance was on display for the council.
"You know what we did in the proclamation is acknowledge the community leaders and persons that have been in city council like Lou Cortez, the former Mayor Lionel Rivera. And so I think we need to bring it back and maybe there just hasn't been people to model the way as there has been in the past," said Avila.
For people in the community like Barbara McAllister, a nine-year resident and now owner and founder of 'Cocina Corazon' which means 'Heart of Kitchen' in English who teaches cooking classes on authentic Mexican cuisine, this proclamation serves as a welcome.
"We are immigrants coming from a different country and we love to share our culture, to feel like we belong and to feel like we are able to be part of this community and show our roots," said McAllister.
A mission Ms. Avila has as serving for city council is allowing people to share their culture.
"We invite everyone to have a taste of our culture because it strengthens and broadens the greater community," said Avila.