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National month kicks off locally with a PODER-hosted breakfast at the Salem Convention Center.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The cultural festivities kicked off with dancing at Woodburn's Hispanic Heritage celebration last September.PODER, Oregon's Latino Leadership Network, announced last week that it is hosting this year's Hispanic Heritage Month Breakfast, the annual event that officially kicks off the state's Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins Thursday, Sept. 15, and continues through Saturday, Oct. 15. The breakfast event takes place at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St. SE, Salem.PMG FILE PHOTO - Anthony Veliz

"This year, the celebration will be bigger than ever," said Anthony Veliz of Woodburn, founder of the Hispanic Heritage Month Breakfast.

Veliz said the celebration will bring together some of the most influential Hispanic leaders, business owners and community members from throughout Oregon. Representatives from the private sector, public institutions, nonprofits and public elected officials and candidates also will join the event to celebrate the contributions Hispanics have made to Oregon and the U.S.

"PODER is very excited to host this year's Hispanic Heritage Month Breakfast 2022 event," Veliz said. "Our community is excited to gather once again to celebrate the continued contributions that Latino's have made to Oregon and across the nation."

According to the Library of Congress website dedicated to Hispanic Heritage Month, the annual celebration's roots date back to 1968 when Hispanic Heritage Week was established, and that was expanded to cover a 30-day period 20 years later. It was enacted into law Aug. 17, 1988.

"We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture, " the website noted.

The 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month theme is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation."

Veliz invites people to spend the morning breakfast with fellow community members from different organizations throughout Oregon, citing ODOT Office of Civil Rights and OYEN Emotional Wellness Center as a few.

Cost is $30, and registration is available at the door or on the Hispanic Heritage Month Breakfast official website at


PODER is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization led Latino/a/x and serving organizations and leaders who are working collectively to advance equity for our communities. Our network is statewide (urban and rural), multigenerational, multilingual (Spanish and Indigenous languages) and diverse.

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