Keynote Address by Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Supervisor

(gentle music) – Good afternoon – My name is Alfred Herrera and I’m the assistant Vice Provost and Director of the Center for Community College Partnerships at UCLA (audience applauding) I am honored to be here and just a little bit about me for the next hour and then, no (audience laughing) I am a first generation Californian My roots go deep I’m the fourth generation to be in California My dad’s family founded the city of Irwindale I don’t know if any of you know where Irwindale is outside of LA So been here a long time My father was a laborer My mother was a housekeeper and very proud to say that it is because of my mother and father and my older sister that I am who I am today because they instilled in me the ganas and the importance of staying true to your goal and your mission So thank you mom, rest in peace and dad (audience applauding) My dad is 93 years old and probably freaking out because I didn’t call him last night and he’s gonna say, “Mijo, are you okay?” and I’m like, “Yeah, sorry Dad.” But it is a pleasure to be here and I’m thankful for the work that they put in in raising us I’m the fifth of six children and I had the pleasure of that one person who believed in me in high school and pushed me to go to college and where I’m at, our next speaker and I’ll talk a little bit about that So it is really beautiful to be here and to see all of you in here and to see what power we hold and can hold if we do things the way we need to do them And so I’m really happy to see all of you here Welcome to our second annual summit We’re looking at where the third one is and I’m gonna say it before Oscar says it, before Lupa says it and everybody else who’s been pushing me, it’s not gonna be at UCLA but we’re looking at a place and so we’ll figure it out and let you know soon whenever we can I also want to thank Oscar for acknowledging the original inhabitants of the land, the Ohlone, because I was also gonna do that, so thank you for doing that I’m especially honored to introduce our next speaker I’m honored not only because she’s a woman of firsts but a woman who has committed her life to provide leadership, to challenge, to rock the boat, and to ensure that we pay attention to those things that matter most, improving the lives of people in our community I first met Hilda and I have the privilege of calling her Hilda because I knew her before all of the accolades that she got I first met Hilda when we were 17 years old – [Audience] Wow – Why do you say wow, it’s not that long ago (audience laughing) Couple years, come on, you know It was the summer of, I’m not gonna tell you the year (audience laughing) It was a summer I’ll give you a clue It was the year that the album, yes, album, from Earth, Wind, and Fire came out (audience laughing) That’s the Way of the World I know you’re gonna Google it now but you can go ahead It’s the year that that album came out and the reason I know that is because in our summer program where we met we had peer mentors and counselors and there were about four or five of ’em and I think four of them were African American students at Cal Poly Pomona where we went and that came out like the week before we were in this summer program and we heard that album and those songs everyday and night In the morning Reasons, Shining Star, That’s the Way of the World It was just the most amazing time and when I hear those songs, even today, I think of her and I think of that time because they were great memories that helped shapes who we are today So I’m really excited and as I thought about it last night when I was trying to write these remarks I thought, Reasons, perfect Shining Star, perfect and This is the Way the World Should Be So I want to thank you for being here So we started in a summer program and much like the ones that many of us run today and it’s a time when you have 17, 18 year olds going into the first time, they were admitted to college and we were there to learn a little bit about it So here you are two more cosos,

several of us There were actually three of us, Georgina was the third and believe it or not, we were kind of shy at that point and we’re in the room and you know how we all love ice breakers, right? I mean, you know, it’s the first thing you tell your students to do and you’re all like, oh God, why do I have to do that? Well we had an ice breaker, something like find somebody that you don’t know and tell them that you know, you like something about them and I’m thinking I don’t know anybody here and I stood against the wall and people started kind of mingling and I looked across the hall and there was Hilda and Georgina standing by the wall and we kind of were the only ones that weren’t talking to someone so we kind of migrated to each other and that’s how first met So here we were two young kids who were not supposed to be there and I say not supposed to be there because we’re first generation We’re low income We come from labor, working parents We’re not supposed to be there and we’re not supposed to succeed So here we are in this summer program that’s really trying to help us understand what it is we need to do and who we need to be We went through that, we both moved into the dorms She was in the dorm next to mine I have so many stories that she forbids me to tell you (audience laughing) But throughout our four years at Cal Poly, we became life long friends Working as student recruiters in EOP, Education Opportunity Program We were student affirmative action babies and going back to our own high schools to recruit students because Cal Poly did not believe there were students worthy of being recruited at La Puente High School where she graduated from and Baldwin Park High School where I went But I am happy to say that we pushed and went back to those schools every year while we were there to ensure that these students saw the importance of that Opening doors of the institution and opening the minds of the students and their families Getting involved in a student organization that some of you might be familiar with which continues to shape and develop us into fierce warriors You know that little organization called MEChA? (audience applauding) We were proud Mechistas We were involved in the movement We were involved in challenging the institution to make things better for us We challenged, we were challenged to lead We led, we followed, we created a space for us We had a place at Cal Poly called the MASA House It was as big as this podium and 18 of us were always there We would work there We would sleep there We would, well, study there All of those things that we do as students and it was important It was a really important, significant place for us because it was ours It was a place for Latinos at Cal Poly to get together and it was a two or three room little house, shack but it was our space After she graduated, she began her career working in the Carter White House, Office of Hispanic Affairs and was later appointed as a Management Analyst with the Office of Management and Budget in the Civil Rights Division She was first elected to public office in 1985 as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees Transfer During this time, the fight for undocumented students was already under way A group of educators were brought together by the late and great Arnulfo Casillas from Glendale College to work to help undocumented students get into college Hilda and I, along with E. Marchelletta, Juana Rodriguez, Dennis Lopez, and Hermone Ruiz and many others created the Leticia A. Network to aggressively help students get into college A network that changed lives, the students, the families, and also us because many of us continue to be friends to this day Hilda was the first Latina to represent the San Gabriel Valley in the California state legislature She served in the California assembly from 1992 to ’94 and in 1994, she made history by becoming the first Latina (clearing throat) Sorry, I lost my place Latina elected to the California State Senate Her California environmental justice legislation enacted in 1999 was the first of its kind in the nation to become a law And a very powerful one at that (audience applauding) As a result of that bill and that law, she became the very first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile Encourage Award in 2000 (audience applauding) For her pioneering environmental justice work

Hilda won a very hard, challenging election from a long time incumbent to become the representative for the 32nd Congressional District in California, a position she held from 2001 to 2009 In Congress, Hilda’s priorities included expanding access to affordable health care, protecting the environment, and improving the lives of working families A recognized leader on clean energy jobs, she authored the Green Jobs Act which provided funding for Green College Job training for veterans, displaced workers, at risk, which I like to call at potential, students, and individuals and families under 200 percent of the Federal poverty line She served in Congress until her nomination for Secretary of Labor Nomination by President Obama for Secretary of Labor (audience applauding) Let me let that sink in Not only was she nominated and took the position, she was the first Chicana, Latina to serve on a cabinet level position like that So let that sink in for a moment (audience applauding) Prior to becoming the Supervisor, she served as Secretary of Labor under President Obama and was confirmed in February 24, 2009 becoming that first Latina During her tenure, the Department of Labor was an active leader in promoting and implementing ground breaking legislation in the recovery act and the affordable care act Legislation that had a direct effect on helping working families make ends meet, creating jobs, and in many cases, saving communities While she was Secretary of Labor, she created 2.4 million private sector jobs to reboot the economy, strengthened the Federal Unemployment Insurance Program, helping dislocated workers stay afloat and receive job training and placement assistance and more than 1.7 million people completed federal funded job training programs She invested in Community Colleges to provide local and employer specific job training to millions in America She worked closely with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that every returning service member had access to world class career counseling and job training programs For the first time ever, the Department of Labor under her leadership devoted significant resources to combat the mis-classification of workers to better protect employees and businesses who play by the rules In addition to combating the gender wage gap, as Secretary she promoted greater work life balance, work place flexibility, paid leave, and employment opportunities for all women Supervisor Hilda Solis was sworn in as a Los Angeles County Supervisor for the first district of Los Angeles on December 1st, 2014 She was elected to a new four year term in 2018 As County Supervisor, her priorities include combating homelessness and building affordable housing, expanding county services to all residents, environmental justice, good paying jobs, healthcare access, criminal justice reform, and improving parks and open space and insuring arts equity for all As you can see or hear, she has an impressive and long commitment to public service Her distinguished career as an example of what one person can do to improve the living, education, and general conditions for our community About 10 years ago, I was going through some boxes in my mom and dad’s garage And I found a box with some of the things from Cal Poly in addition to a journal I kept Oh the things I read that I didn’t remember (audience laughing) In addition to the journal, I found an EOP newsletter that was written when we were students In the newsletter, there was a picture of the two of us and a woman named Vanessa Dubois, the three of us were the recruitment team for EOP, in there There was an interview with us and they asked us what we wanted to do, you know that question, what do you want to do when you grow up? Well, everyone was like what do you want to do after you graduate from college? My response was I want to be a counselor Well, that’s kind of what I knew and who helped me Her response, she was 19 or 20 years old, okay Second year of college, maybe third year of college She said, “I want to become an elected official “at the State and National level.” Imagine that at 19 or 20 years old (audience applauding) That tells you the kind of woman she was and is

As you can see, she did that And so much more She is without a doubt a leader, a champion, and a powerful presence in and for our community A woman I am proud to call my very good friend who has dedicated her life to being a warrior with the reality of understanding how important it is to retain your goals from your community She has never let go of the community that she comes from She has spent her life opening doors, blazing trails, and making sure that we are at the table We are not talked about without being at that table We’re engaged in those areas where policy drives practice All this and yet, as I said, she is one of those rare leaders who’s remained humble, staying close to her community and her family and she has a beautiful family who I know well and remembering that it takes only one person to ignite that spark in someone Like Bob Sanchez, her high school counselor, did in her I am truly honored and excited to ask my friend, my she-ro, to come up and speak to you I present Hilda Solis (audience applauding) – Let’s hear it for Alfred Herrera (laughing) (audience applauding) You know, I want to especially thank all of you for inviting me to come here I felt a little awkward, I’ll be honest, coming out to this event because I haven’t delved as deeply in higher education for a number of years But in all frankness, this is where it all starts It is, as many of you have already said, and when I walked in, I heard some of the speakers talking about education being the equalizer and the llave, it’s the key And it continues to be the key and there’s no doubt about that So I’m glad I’m here and if anyone knows Alfred, he’s very persistent (audience laughing) Can we agree on that? – [Audience] Yes – Okay, and Alfred is a very loving and giving person who I’ve known for more than, I don’t even want to say, 40 years but that’s what he tells me (laughing) It feels like it was maybe less than 15 years ago though because I see him periodically in my life and also in many of my different hats that I’ve worn starting as a recruiter, a student recruiter at Cal Poly Pomona and I want to especially thank UC and the system I want to thank your president, Janet Napolitano who also served in the Obama Administration and I did have the pleasure of working next to her and with her and serving in the cabinet and talking about issues regarding immigration reform, and the DACA students and trying to really provide better assistance over all to the country in a very, very tenacious time So I want to thank her for pulling this together with all of you and creating this leadership that now exists Advanced diversity and inclusion and so I love that there is a UC Chicano, Latino Advisory Board but it has to become permanent Advisory Board in and of itself denotes something It doesn’t denote permanency So maybe at some point, you won’t have to have Advisory, you will be the people that are actually there surrounding the UC President I understand you’ll have a new one in perhaps the coming year, this coming year and hopefully much of what is being talked about today will be a part of an adopted strategy as you all move forward I want to also note John Perez, who I also knew very well and served with while he was a Speaker of the Assembly and also as someone who represented East Los Angeles in the Assembly I know he’s Chair of the Board of Regents and I want to commend him for the work that he does and his commitment on behalf of this program I also want to note Claudia Martinez who I met many, many years ago when she was maybe five (laughing) (audience laughing) Who is also now serving in the UC office of the President and has been there for many years and has been doing some tremendous work I met her many years ago when I was working, when she was working for MALDEF and many of you know what MALDEF is, Mexican American Education and Legal Defense Foundation and we met then back working on the Leticia A. Network and the decision

and that’s how our lives kind of collaborated so I want to thank her and I want to also thank her parents because her parents are somebody that I know Her father, who is now one of my commissioners serving in LA County who is I believe in his 80s, he just celebrated his birthday so we really want to thank our parents and thank you Claudia for your hard and your continued tenacity to make sure that Latinos and Latinas have a voice at the table at the UC system Give her a big round of applause (audience applauding) To Frances Contreras who I met I think I want to say maybe five years ago This was when I came back from the Obama Administration and was trying to figure what my next role in life would be and I got to speak at her campus I was invited to speak there at UC San Diego and was very moved to see the leadership that she exhibited there and all the great work and to hear her now and read about her research and I did have the luxury of reading your report and I would recommend it to everybody that’s here Because there’s some great noted data there that will help guide I think this group as you move along and then to all of the Advisory group members for the Hispanic serving institutions that make up of all of you that will help hopefully succeed in furthering that goal where all of the UC campuses, you have a lot of work ahead of you You do because times are not easy right now, as you know They’re very, very difficult and while I think everyone here understands the importance of higher education, we still have so many barriers and some were already articulated just by your own experiences, sharing how hard it was for you to get here and for many of us to get here My journey was very difficult as well When Alfred mentioned that I had said something back in my college undergrad years that I wanted to be an elected official, I didn’t know what I was talking about (audience laughing) The last thing I would say to my parents is that I wanted to get involved in politics Because they would say, “That’s not a carrera, “that’s not a career, Hilda, “why did you go to college, you know? “Weren’t you gonna go work in government “and do something?” I’d go, “Yeah, “I thought about that.” And I did and I was very fortunate though as was pointed out to come in contact with some really great people and at that time in La Puente High School, you could count on one hand who was gonna go to college, who was tracked to go to the military, who was tracked to go to other routes, and who just fell off the map and I could count on that hand how many people were eligible to go to college and I was very fortunate to be able to have a high school counselor who’s name was Bob Sanchez, who was Irish and Mexican who grew up in East LA Not only that but he had a disability He had polio so he had one of his legs was shorter than the other So he always reminded us students that “You know what, “you think you have a burden to carry “because of how you look “or because you have a Spanish surname “but I have a physical disability “and I’m not letting that conquer me “and here I am a Mexican,” like he would tell us that and I’d look at him and I’d think, “Hmmm, what’s this guy talking about?” But he got me motivated He got me motivated and because of him and the fact that he helped many like myself coming from a low income family We didn’t even know we were low income That was our life and we were expected after graduation to go work So it wasn’t like, “Mija, you’re gonna go work “for the county right, Hilda?” And that’s exactly what I was told by another high school counselor who said, “Hilda, you are not college material “So get that out of your head “and go become a clerk “and go work for the county, the county of LA “Be a secretary,” is what he said So that upset me That’s one thing about me that is I think a characteristic that maybe some of you have that fire in the belly, the ganas, that little spark that says, wait a minute, I can determine where I want to go and I think I can make those choices So with that, I challenged myself and then started to think about how I could be successful if I did go to college Being the first one in the family I was not the first in the pecking order I was number three but soon figuring that out and making friends and knowing how to navigate the system and working alongside, not just the EOP staff, but also other people, other campus members and faculty was very important because it wasn’t so much just about getting in the door, it was about retention It was about being able to stay, to withstand and make sure that you met

all the criteria to continue to receive your financial aid because if you messed up on your financial aid, you weren’t in school and I think sometimes we don’t really realize how critically important it is for our students to have people help navigate for them Whether they come in the front door and they make it is one thing but to stay there, have the tenacity and you see it in the figures with respect to actual graduation rates We get a lot of students who come in but many don’t always successfully complete that education in four years, five Some are on the six and seven and eight year plan, right? But how do we keep focus so that those students continue to stay there? And that’s where you all come in, making sure that that happens because I hope someone did that for you to help the retention component that’s so needed that it has to have more money by the way And I’m one that really believes in programs like retention programs, like EOP and the other assistance programs that are serving our young people And I’ll tell you, it was hard even though to be an EOP student because there was that stigma That oh, you got in here because of your last name and the way you look Not because you had merit or achievement And I will go further and say that even using tests like the SAT and the ACT are very harmful to our young people and I know that debate’s going on right now And I say that because many of our schools unfortunately, many of our public schools still don’t understand, I mean, I don’t want to say, that they don’t understand, I want to say that many of our schools don’t have the capable faculty and staff and counseling entities to help young people understand the importance of taking rigorous college work and some of those schools don’t even offer AP and Honors classes Even in the districts that I represent now in East LA and the San Gabriel Valley and in Pomona So can you just imagine what we’re faced with that we still have this other struggle that we have to beat I decided that I wanted to do something different in my life and I wanted to give back And I think just what Alfred had talked about in my past getting involved in different legislative arenas but also understanding the goals and aspirations of young people Many that I know you come across I had the privilege of running a state education program quite frankly during the same time I ran for my first public office and that was the California Student Opportunity Access Program, it’s a program that’s been around over 20 years now and it functions through the California Student Aid Commission and the whole goal there is to try to assist youngsters, get them into college, get them a financial aid package and admissions And that’s how I think I was able to really understand the importance of how our institutions have to work together And that continues I think to be our hallmark So here we our now and you saw the figures, the data that was presented about how we are doing demographically We know that most of our public schools in California have 60 or 70 percent Latinos that are enrolled but I would venture to say that many of them are not prepared academically because of the various factors We don’t have the rigorous achievement requirements We don’t have in many places, good counselors The ratio for counselors to some students in our districts in East LA is about 2,000 to one So you’re lucky it’s almost, I hate to say it, I hate to use this word but it’s a crap shot Unless you have someone helping you navigate or you understand the importance of what that education can mean to you So it’s always drilling down on that, making sure that we have good people that understand that not all of our children are equal and especially in our school system And it reflects itself unless you break down those barriers and so once we do get success and we see more of our youngsters now entering into college and I’m hopeful because I have seen some numbers change, that’s good But the retention part is very important and the continuance of getting more young people to think about getting advanced degrees is even more important and I see it as an economic, as an economic indicator for us and where we go in our future Because I represent the county of Los Angeles which is one of many counties here in the state but it’s one of the largest in the country We have over 1100 thousand employees and many of the positions that we provide are very highly skilled Some are in policy, some are IT, some are in Accounting, some are real estate, some are also in health

and we don’t have in many instances the quality of candidates that are applying and I would tell you that right now we have 36 departments that we oversee that there are five board of supervisors, I’m one of those and just this last two years I want to say we’re able to change the face of the actual executive directors for at least six departments We now have six Latinos and Latinas running these departments So I would say to you that it is important to be at the table and to speak up but more importantly, doing that and coalescing with other people So if you have an African American, a Latina, or a woman, or someone else, or someone who gets what our goals are and our values are, you need to connect with them The value of networking continues and coalescing and that’s exactly what we’ve been able to do and I would further remind you, I saw in one of the slides that there are campuses that are on the verge of becoming Hispanic serving institutions and it’s important for you to be advocates in the legislature to convince people that you need more resources to be able to attract and retain students and have faculty and staff be a part of that But more importantly you don’t have to just go to the Latino Caucus You coalesce with the Black Caucus, you coalesce with the Woman’s Caucus, with the Environmental Caucus, and you start identifying those districts where you have a majority of Latinos, 25 percent or more that make up the voting population and base And you start to have a strategy and that’s how you start to make real impact in terms of the budget, in Sacramento, and even Federally At the Federal level because Hispanic serving institutions, your funding comes from the Federal level and that’s really critical because that’s money that will come into your campuses so that you can create retention recruitment and all these other support systems that are necessary If you don’t do that, then you only have yourself to blame or the leaders Because you’re leaving money on the table You are leaving money on the table And you need to know that So I would just say that’s something to think about as you move forward when you are on the verge of becoming Hispanic serving institution There’s a lot I could say One thing I will tell you that I didn’t hear mentioned is that in the county of Los Angeles we created a management fellows program So just like a senior fellow program, many corporations have these Have you thought about that? Creating a program where you can actually provide the monetary support and positions And then have those positions rotated to different campuses so you really get a good sense of how institutions of higher learning operate and you can start to build on that We do that now and many of those individuals that have gone through that program are now our directors for our departments They oversee anywhere from maybe four to 3,000 people so it’s workable but you got to really think about the commitment, the costs, and what that would entail I would just say that that’s something to think about for you I would just say also is that your focus on transfers I know Alfred and others are very focused on trying to get students, Latinos, from Community Colleges to transfer That’s really critical, really important but again it’s not just coming in the front door, it’s retaining and keeping those individuals And it’s also incentivizing your core services that you provide there Incentivizing people if they do bring something different that’s tangible You had something to talk about I think centering around the environment, the climate of campus, why can’t you incentivize people that speak two or three languages that maybe understand the lived experience of what people go through and give them a stipend for that Encourage them to do a little bit more and I bet you you’re going to see many, many benefits from that I think those are ideas that aren’t new but I certainly would think that those are things you might want to think about I want to say a little bit about DACA because that is really critical and I think some of you know that back many, many years ago This was before Marco Firebaugh, the assemblyman, we were a part of a network and that’s where discussions about trying to get youngsters who didn’t have their papers only we didn’t know how many there were In fact, in the program that I ran, the California Student Opportunity, I had several students who were considered DACA Some of them made it through the system and one I could recall is now working for the U.S. Forest Service So things are possible People can make a difference And I think for all of you, bringing them,

embracing them in the institution and fighting for them whether it’s in the court system is very laudable Continue to do that The Supreme Court has not made a decision yet So it would behoove you to get your students and your colleagues to get on a letter writing campaign or email campaign and let your Congress people as well as this Administration and others know where you stand And how important it is and the types of things that these individuals have already demonstrated by already paying up to 2.1 billion dollars in Federal taxes and one billion dollars alone in local and state revenue These people, what people, they’re our people, once they become educated and they get into these very top level positions, come back and they contribute They are probably one of the most worthiest groups that I can think of right now when we talk about immigration that deserve to have the ability to stay here and get into the process of becoming a citizen And that’s gonna continue to be our fight under this current Administration Don’t give up Couple of weeks ago (audience applauding) I think a couple of weeks ago or if not, two months ago, we celebrated the defeat of Proposition 187 How many of you remember Proposition 187? I do I remember walking downtown Los Angeles with a slew, a coalition, African American, Asian, religious leaders, Latinos, Latinas coming out and saying we are not gonna stand for this Well we lost the battle in terms of the initiative but we won in the courts And so that was a lesson and it helped to incentivize our community to go out and register to vote and to become citizens and to fight for their rights And what you see happening I think now even in this current Administration is kind of a return to that kind of psyche and we have to say “No, this is not acceptable, we can do more.” And we need to coalesce with other groups, other immigrant groups to do that as well I think that that’s important The census Census is important You’re gonna say, what is she talking about? Census, taken every ten years, helps to provide funding for education, for health services, for Head Start programs, and possibly how monies are even divvied up in our educational system You have the ability to motivate people to participate in that and right now we know that there are many people who want to stay away from having to give any information to the Federal Government about their well being but you can’t use that information against anyone It’s Constitutionally forbidden So people need to participate and we always have an under count in the Latino community and it’s only hurting ourselves It’s only hurting ourselves because that money won’t come here It’ll go to Arkansas It’ll go somewhere else It won’t come to LA It won’t come to San Francisco It won’t go to San Diego It won’t go to Yuba, it won’t go to Central Valley It will go somewhere else when we know we need it here So I hope that you all will understand the importance of participating and making sure that our young people also vote This coming election is critical at every level Whether it’s the Water Board, the School Board, Presidential, obviously, your elected officials and not all elected officials are equal Sometimes we have people that represent pockets of our community that can significantly be persuaded to support our values if they’re approached So I would think that beyond just this group talking about how you want to talk about UC system and changing things there How else can you use your body, your body of politic here, to help persuade other investments around your campuses And around better education and again, I have to just remind you, you don’t have to go to just a Latino caucus Go to folks where there’s a sphere of influence where you have a good number of minorities, or under represented students where you can have an impact People listen Legislators listen And that’s a power that we have as a community So I’m gonna conclude with that and just say that I’m honored to be here and I’m honored to see so many people that I’ve known and so many people that have helped to form who I am but I will say this lastly to you Never in my wildest dreams and I think my parents even knew this that I would ever see myself working for the United States President The first woman, Latina, Mexicana, Nicaraguan, my mom’s Nicaraguan, to be represented in our U.S. government

and when I go out and I tell students that young kids, they go, “Huh? “How come I never heard of you?” Well, it doesn’t matter (audience laughing) But you do know who the last president was? And their eyes just grow ’cause they know who he was and that was Barack Obama who also I have to tell you, was a financial aid student, was raised by his grandparents and he did not have a father in his life Talk about struggles, okay So we are no different from some of these leaders that we look up to because we also have trail blazed We also have given a lot of sacrifice and you have to know that we, some of us in this world, do recognize your contributions and would like to see more people engage in the public sector because all of you are public servants Even though you may not be elected, you are a public servant So thank you very much for having me here and good luck today and tomorrow and the fight goes on and (speaking in Spanish) That’s all I can say Just do it Thank you (audience applauding) (upbeat rhythmic music)