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Resident commissioner receives LULAC public service award

By The Star Staff

Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón was recognized as Public Servant of the Year by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) during its State Convention and Assembly of Delegates held over the weekend in Vega Alta.

The award is part of the recognition of the Values of the Year and Leaders of Hope. The recognition as Public Servant of the Year was granted to the resident commissioner for “her selfless work, and her voluntary and supportive dedication to the strengthening and achievement of the objectives of our organization LULAC chapter of Puerto Rico.”

The island’s delegate to the U.S. Congress thanked LULAC for the award and the support for statehood by LULAC at the national level.

“Thanks to LULAC for the recognition as Public Servant of the Year,” González Colón said. “I receive it with great humility, reaffirming my commitment to continue working for a better quality of life in Puerto Rico and equality for all. The mandate that you gave me to reach Congress with the highest number of votes in 2016 and 2020 forces me to seek to break with century-old colonialism. I am proud to have been a member of LULAC for years, of this organization that fights for the civil rights of Latinos, and that supports statehood for Puerto Rico since this is a civil rights issue.”

The event was attended by the national president of LULAC, Domingo García, as well as other members of the national board, the new state board chaired by Carlos Fajardo, the mayor of Vega Alta, María Vega, and the pro-statehood shadow delegate to the U.S. Congress, María “Mayita” Meléndez.

LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States, with 93 years since its founding, which fights for civil rights and those who support equality for Puerto Rico. Most recently, LULAC supported resolutions to that end at the national level in 2017 and 2021, holding forums at the national level and on Saturday with the approval of a resolution at the state level.

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