Reverend Luis Cortes Statement on PA Hispanics and the Redistricting Process
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Philadelphia, PA – February 1, 2022 – Reverend Luis Cortes, founder and CEO of Esperanza in Philadelphia and well-known Latino leader at the national level, urges our elected leaders to recognize the Latino community in Pennsylvania as the primary driver of population growth. Reverend Cortes states, “It’s time for at least one congressional district in Pennsylvania to have Hispanics as the second largest group, given the growth of our population in many areas across the Commonwealth. A district with Hispanics as the second largest group would be easy to draw, and would begin to give Hispanic people the representation they deserve, reflecting their significant and growing presence. Creation of such a district would be a historic moment for Pennsylvania and our Hispanic communities, doing justice to the diversity of the present, and pointing toward the future growth we know is coming as well.”
Esperanza is a national community-based social benefit organization founded in 1986 by The Reverend Luis Cortés Jr., and the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia & Vicinity driven by the biblical mandate to serve and advocate for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) and a mission to strengthen Hispanic communities. Reverend Cortés is sought by national and international leaders alike on issues of economic and workforce development, housing, immigration, and education. Over the past three decades, Esperanza has grown from a small operation to a more than $52 million organization with more than 500 employees. Visit www.esperanza.us or follow us on social media @esperanza_us on Twitter and Instagram, EsperanzaUSA on Facebook and Esperanza US on YouTube.