Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Good morning. It is only fitting after that last presentation around how we celebrate milestones that we continue with this particular recognition. Many folks don't realize how long Latinos, Puerto Ricans have been in Philadelphia.

On this particular occasion, we want to pay tribute to an important part of documenting our history so that we can

celebrate our victories and, more

importantly, remind us of the challenges

still in front of us.

So I want to thank my

colleagues for joining me this morning.

Many of them have traveled the streets of

my district, of my neighborhood. They

have visited my homeland and understand the culture and the struggle by which Puerto Ricans and Latinos come to the United States, and therefore I've asked them to join me today.

Recognizing and honoring Philadelphia's leading Spanish-language newspaper, Al Dia, on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary and the publication of its first book "200 Years of Latino History in Philadelphia." I want especially highlight the artistic work of my good friend David Cruz as part of this.

Whereas, Al Dia was founded in 1992 by Hernan Guaracoa, a journalist who was told he was overqualified to work in

existing community newspapers; and

Whereas, Hernan and his wife,

Elizabeth, started Al Dia in their second

floor apartment in the Olney

neighborhood; and

Whereas, Hernan and Elizabeth

quickly distinguished their paper with an

uncommon level of professionalism and deep commitment to the principles of journalism; and

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