Monday afternoon at El Curtido Pupuseria in downtown Santa Ana, where the Salvadoran food is excellent, leaders and members of the Salvadoran community from throughout Southern California met to announce their enthusiastic endorsement for the re-election of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. Their endorsement was unequivocal and enthusiastic.
There was a common theme throughout: Loretta Sanchez is the only candidate who cares about all the people in her district. The implication was clear. Her attention is not limited only to the Mexican and Vietnamese communities.
Irene Cardenas, often referred to as the Mother of the Salvadoran Community in Southern California and is President of the Multiethnic Peace and Reconstruction Fundemphasized that Sanchez works for all communities, “We must have her here to support all the cities in her district.” She added, referring to Sanchez, “She stands for empowering all of us.”
According to Bell Gardens (Note: Bell Gardens, not Bell) City Councilmember Sergio Infanzon, Loretta Sanchez is “the only Democrat in this Republican district that will fight for us all.” He went on to say that Congresswoman Sanchez “has delivered on all her promises and that’s why we need her” in Washington.
When Congresswoman Sanchez spoke, she reminded everyone that she is the only Latina and the only woman from Orange County in in the House of Representatives. “People from all over Orange County call my office looking for help. It’s important to have a voice in Congress.” To explain why that matters, she said she frequently speaks with colleagues to help them understand what is going on in Central America and why.
Participants in the press conference will included Oscar Dominguez, President of the Salvadoran Business Corridor, Raul Claros, Co-chair of the Latino Coalition,Â Isabel Cardenas,Â Jennifer Carcamo,Â Statewide Coordinator of the Union Salvadorena de Estudiantes Universitarios, Hector Moran of the FMLN, and Salvadoran business leaders Tito Rivera, Armando Artiga, and Luis Cortez.
Finally, and most importantly, to show that this was no mere press opportunity, the group of Salvadoran activists and leaders are planning to canvass for Congresswoman Sanchez this coming Saturday. They are planning to start out at 10:00am at the Sanchez campaign office, 604 S Harbor Blvd, Santa Ana, 714-839-4431. You’re invited.