"As a Latina girl who has grown up in the states and was born here, I guess I want to break that image that Latina girls are all these super sexy women who all about them is the country where they're from. It's not that. There are so may intelligent, wonderful, beautiful Latina women out there who've done great things, who have really made changes to society. I would like to be one of them. And I think that what my parents have always taught me is that I'm capable of changing and helping the community that I live in. I want everyone to know that it's not what they see on TV. And that's for everything. There's just so much hate out there and I just don't want there to be. The people who are creating these images, it's not like it's the people who the images are of. Its these people who don't understand, who have no idea what its like. Like on the news when you see some robbery or a drunk driver and its some American guy it's like 'Bob robbed a bank'. But if its a young Latino, 'A gang member today robbed a bank', and it's not fair. It's not fair. And that takes time. And things are so much better than when you were younger and there's so much more acceptance now, but still there's a long way to go and I want to be a part of that group; of the progress." - Amanda Hernandez, American daughter of Cuban immigrant father, Immigrant Archive Project testimony.
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Academy Award winner, Lupita Nyongo's speech on Black Beauty at Essence Magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Award show.
"I want to dedicate this award first to everyone in this country doing something for this urgent and necessary immigration reform to happen. Everyone willing to celebrate and recognize the work of those who are feeding this country, who are building this country, who are working to make America what it is today. They deserve my respect and they should be celebrated and they should be joined by everyone else." - Diego Luna, Actor, Director, Accepting National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award for Outstanding Direction in a Motion Picture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYwAWv686GY
NHMC President & CEO Alex Nogales presents the Lupe Ontiveros Indomitable Spirit Award to Edward James Olmos.
"There are immigration cases where families are torn apart. Sometimes the ones that pay the consequences are the children. The girl (daughter) loved me too much, she lived with me. I gave her all my love, but what happened was that I couldn't have that communication with her. In the first place, they lied to her, they told her that I never worried about her and that I didn't want to speak to her, and I never sent her anything. Or they would tell me, 'She doesn't want to speak, she's not here.' There's not enough money to compensate for that. That separation that happens when a father separates from his children, because for the children it's a punishment for no apparent reason. I had to leave her. They are young and innocent. They can't defend themselves or even protest. Besides I couldn't even say goodbye to her because I didn't have the courge to do so." - Cesar Palomeque, Immigrant Archive Project testimony.