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May 03, 2023

ABC30 anchor Graciela Moreno was honored Monday afternoon in Sacramento with the Latino Spirit Award for her achievements in journalism and media. Moreno, an Emmy Award-winning journalist at ABC's Fresno affiliate, was one of eleven Latino pioneers recognized during the California Latino Legislative Group's 21st annual Latino Spirit Awards at the State Capitol. Moreno was escorted by Assemblymembers Esmeralda Soria, D-Merced, and Liz Ortega, D-Bayward. The daughter of migrant farmworkers, Moreno grew up in Newman.

May 02, 2023

The California Latino Caucus has recognized 11 outstanding Latinos who are inspiring younger generations as part of the 21st Latino Spirit Awards.

These awards consist of a ceremony that recognizes the awarded for their talents and contributions to the community. This year, the list included athletes, journalists, authors, and human rights activists.

May 02, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The California Latino Legislative Caucus recognized inspirational figures for their work in the community at the 21st Annual Latino Spirit Awards on Monday.

The Latino Spirit Awards take place each year at the State Capitol in Sacramento to coincide with the state's celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

The awards honored 11 prominent Latinos for their contributions to different careers including education, business, technology, arts, literatures and more.

May 01, 2023

The California Latino Caucus recognized 11 prominent Latinos who are inspiring younger generations as part of the 21st Annual Latino Spirit Awards. The Latino Spirit Awards is a ceremony in which honorees are recognized for their talents and contributions to the community.

May 01, 2023

Joel Diaz compared the jitters he felt leading up to Monday’s Latino-focused award ceremony to the feeling before a big fight. “It’s nerve racking for us,” said Diaz, who attended the event with his two younger brothers Antonio and Julio. “It feels the same as when you’re in the dressing room getting ready to walk into the ring. We’re not really prepared for it.” Like many of those big fights, the brothers, who were born in Mexico and spent years as professional boxers, walked out winners.

April 06, 2023

When Martha Escutia was elected to the Assembly in 1992, she was one of seven Latinos in the 120-member California Legislature, part of the small but growing Latino Caucus that would eventually become a powerful force in the state Capitol.

April 05, 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In 1973, five Latino legislators formed the California Latino Legislative Caucus (CLLC) to address the social and economic issues affecting the Latino community.

“Members that are not just identifying as Mexican, but Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, so it’s wonderful to be able to lead a caucus of this diversity. And with a Latina majority for the first time in history with 21 Latina members,” Cervantes said.

March 30, 2023

"Fifty years ago, five Latinos came together to create the first ever Chicano Legislative Caucus. At the time, the lawmakers, all male and of Mexican descent, made up 4% of the Legislature. Though a small group, the establishment marked a turning point for California’s then-14% Latino population. Over the next five decades, the caucus grew, diversified and became an influential group in the Capitol. That progress coincided with the Latino community exploding to 40% of the state population."

March 29, 2023

As excerpted from La Opinión: 

"As part of the celebrations for its 50th anniversary, the Latino caucus of the state legislature presented 14 priority bills including supporting the undocumented with unemployment benefits, financial assistance for the elderly and allowing those who earn a little more to buy health insurance in the Covered California market.