Orange is the New Black's Diane Guerrero backs bipartisan bill for national Latino museum
"Build Museums Not Walls" is the slogan of the lawmakers supporting a bill to create an American Latino Museum in Washington. The bill was presented on June 15, 2017, in front of the Congress. Diane Guerrero, know for her role in Orange is the New Black, is among the supporters. Photo: @Latinomuseum/Twitter.
A group of lawmakers in Washington DC, including Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (FL) and Dem. Senator Robert Menéndez, (N.J.), introduced a bill Thursday to create a National Museum of the American Latino on the National Mall, as reported in NBC news.
"We're going to make this happen!," tweeted Rep Jose Serrano, Congressman representing the South Bronx, New York, who is also among the supporters of the Latino Museum.
The have been other legislative attempts to create a national Latino museum in the past, but the bills have stalled in Congress. This time, the bill has popular supporters as Latino celebrity Diane Guerrero, staring at Netflix' Orange is the New Black.
Guerrero was one of the assistants at the press conference held on Thursday in front of the Capitol to present the bill proposal to the media.
As reported in The Washington Post, Guerrero said the idea of pushing for a Latino museum came up while having coffee with friends. “We’re actually really angry — we’re like, ‘Where’s the Latino museum? Where’s our history? Where can we go with our families to learn about our history?’ ” she said, as cited in The Washington Post.
This time, the bill asks for the creation of a Smithsonian's Latino Museum, similar to existing National Museum of the American Indian and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
"Smithsonian is a great enterprise, but it hasn't told the public the full story of America yet," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), as reported in The Hill.
In a public statement, the supporters of the bill said: "
In 2016, 60 million Americans, whose rich history spans more than 500 years, are left out of the national story. With this year’s important opening of the National Museum for African American History and Culture, Latinos’ absence in the federal monuments to our country’s culture is even more stark. And in our current political climate, it’s more important than ever that we Build Museums, Not Walls."