The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino is reaching out to its supports to help secure the location for the museum. This initiative is being done before the U.S. Senate vote on the museum that is to occur before year-end.
The Museum committee wants everyone to let your election official know you support the legislation that will designate a building for the National Latino Museum on the National Mall.
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has introduced the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act, S. 1868, which designates a location for the future American Latino Museum. If this bill passes, the Arts and Industries Building on the National Mall will be set aside as the future home of this long overdue museum. This location is perfect because it is close to public transportation and close to other museums and landmarks, so many people will have access to the countless stories of American Latino contributions to American history.
In addition, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Majority Leader Reid (D-NV), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to authorize the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building on the National Mall as the designated location of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum.
The authorization of the museum follows the recommendations of the May 2011 report of the bipartisan Commission to Study the Potential Creation of the National Museum of American Latino, a Commission that was established by law in 2008.
If you are interested call 1-877-429-0678 and ask your Senators or Representative by name.