I don’t have much to add to all of the tributes for Senator Edward Kennedy upon his passing late yesterday, but I will say that he was an important advocate and ally of the Latino community from issues on health care to immigration to education. Some have even called Senator Kennedy an honorary Latino because his advocacy was so clearly seen and appreciated in our community, even the United Farm Workers issued a resolution in honor of Senator Kennedy a few days ago with the following statement:
“Whereas, as UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta once said, Robert and Ted Kennedy “didn’t come to us and tell us what was good for us. All they said was, ‘What do you want? And how can I help?’ That’s why we love them””
I would like to show a clip of Senator Kennedy sharing why he fought so hard for health care reform and access for all Americans from last year right before he had been diagnosed with the brain cancer that took his life.
Thank you for your service Senator Kennedy. May you find eternal rest and peace, and may your family’s legacy of service continue to inspire people everywhere.
Que Viva Ted Kennedy!
Photo Credit: (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) before President Bush’s State of the Union speech on Jan. 28, 2008.