LUPES HONORED BY NJ LEGISLATURE

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LUPE members at the State House Senate Chamber with Senate President, Steve M. Sweeney.
LUPE members at the State House Senate Chamber with Senate President, Steve M. Sweeney.

New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Honors LUPE FUND and LUPE PAC during Women’s History Month.

(Trenton, NJ)  Photos by Oscar Alberto Quintana for Americano Newspaper

Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and NJ Senator Nellie Pou at the NJ State House.
Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez and NJ Senator Nellie Pou at the NJ State House.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Senate and General Assembly of New Jersey honored the founders and current leaders of the LUPE organization for their accomplishments and contributions to the Latino community. The Joint Legislative Resolution by Senators Nellie Pou, Nilsa Cruz-Perez and Teresa Ruiz and Assembly Members Annette Quijano, Annette Chaparro, Gabriela Mosquera, Eliana Pintor Marin, Yvonne Lopez, Pedro Mejia and Angelica Jimenez was presented on March 14that the State House Senate Chamber. 
Sara Peña holds a copy of a Joint Resolution next to Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (white dress) and some of the LUPE women in attendance at the State House.
Sara Peña holds a copy of a Joint Resolution next to Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez (white dress) and some of the LUPE women in attendance at the State House.

LUPE’s founding mission is to increase Latina representation at all levels of government, elected and appointed, in an effort to establish New Jersey as a fair and inclusive community. The leaders of LUPE, past and present, have worked tirelessly and effectively to prepare Latinas to participate in the policy making process and serve as advocates of equal opportunity in the public service sector. Led by respected Latina leaders from all professional backgrounds and communities, LUPE Fund is recognized as a premier leadership organization in New Jersey committed to serving as the pipeline for the next generation of Latina leaders. 

NJ Senator  M.Teresa Ruiz, NJ Senate President, Steve M. Sweeney, Wendy S. Martinez and Carol Cuadrado.
NJ Senator M.Teresa Ruiz, NJ Senate President, Steve M. Sweeney, Wendy S. Martinez and Carol Cuadrado.
“I am beyond grateful for the recognition from our Latino state legislators as we celebrate the endless contributions from women during Women’s History Month. LUPE Fund remains committed to empowering Latinas and will continue to ensure our voices are heard as we create change and inspire new generations of women to reach their full potential as future leaders,” stated Sara Peña, President of LUPE Fund. 
LUPE Fund was incorporated in 2006 and is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to Educate, Empower, and Engage Latinasto promote leadership and civic engagement. The goal of LUPE Fund, Inc. is to promote an increase of Latinas in New Jersey in civic leadership roles by providing scholarships, educational and professional development programs, mentorship and networking opportunities at a local and statewide level. The organization is committed to collaborating with other women’s and children’s organizations on issues of common interest such public policy, education, health and economic development in an effort to advance the Latino community. 
To learn more about LUPE Fund, Inc. and for additional information on how to become a member, please visit www.lupenj.org

Honrada LUPE en Resolución Ceremonial

Patricia Campos holds a copy of a resolution by the NJ legislature honoring LUPE FUND and LUPE PAC. Patricia is LUPE PAC President. Sara Peña is LUPE FUND President.
Patricia Campos holds a copy of a resolution by the NJ legislature honoring LUPE FUND and LUPE PAC. Patricia is LUPE PAC President. Sara Peña is LUPE FUND President.
Trenton – Una resolución presentada por la Senadora Nellie Pou, la Senadora M. Teresa Ruiz y la Senadora Nilsa Cruz-Pérez, en honor a la labor de la organización Latinas Unidas para el Empoderamiento Político (LUPE), fue presentada a la Presidenta de LUPE PAC, Patricia Campos, a la Presidenta del Fondo LUPE, Sara Peña, así como a pasadas presidentas, miembras de la junta y fundadoras.
 
“Todos los días, LUPE educa, involucra y capacita a las latinas a través de todo Nueva Jersey para que se presenten, se postulen para cargos públicos y, en su esencia, se fortalezcan y se mantengan activas en nuestra democracia”, dijo la Senadora Pou (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Tener a más mujeres electas para cargos públicos, y específicamente latinas, no solo significa que se escucha la voz de las latinas, o que se escucha la voz de las ‘minoría’, significa que nosotros como gobierno y como estado, somos más fuertes porque estamos representando mejor a nuestros ciudadanos”.
 
“LUPE es una de esas organizaciones de las que todas y todos deberíamos estar orgullosos porque cuando educa e involucra a sus miembras y a la comunidad en general, nos empuja a todos a mejorar.  Su trabajo inspira e impacta a las mujeres en nuestras comunidades y al hacerlo, provocas que Nueva Jersey sea un lugar mejor para todos nosotros”.
 
“La misión de LUPE fue fundamental en la campaña que me convirtió en la primera senadora estatal puertorriqueña en la historia de Nueva Jersey”, dijo la Senadora Ruiz (D-Essex). “En este momento, cuando se utiliza una retórica hostil para caracterizar a la comunidad latina, los esfuerzos de LUPE son especialmente importantes.  Sin lugar a dudas, todos nos beneficiamos al tener a más mujeres en la mesa y estoy agradecida por sus incansables esfuerzos para que eso sea posible”.
Roberto Frugone, Vanessa Valencia and Cristina Pinzon at the New Jersey State House.
 
“Es un honor apoyar a LUPE junto con las senadoras Pou y Ruiz. Es importante que reconozcamos a una organización tan impresionante e impactante”, dijo la Senador Cruz-Perez (D-Camden/Gloucester). “LUPE es un elemento básico en la comunidad latina y el impacto de su trabajo no puede ser subestimado”.
LUPE members at the State House Senate Chamber, chaperoned by NJ Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney.
LUPE members at the State House Senate Chamber, chaperoned by NJ Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney.
 
La resolución se presentó a la organización como parte de las honras durante el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer, por su firme apoyo específicamente a las mujeres latinas y por su extenso trabajo en defensa de temas que son importantes para las mujeres, tales como: el salario mínimo de $15 la hora, salario igual y licencia familiar pagada, entre otros.  Su misión es empoderar y alentar a las latinas a postularse para cargos públicos, así como aumentar su participación cívica en general.
 

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