Press release

LOS ANGELES, CA –  Throughout Latino Heritage Month the City of Los Angeles will hold a series of events to highlight the significant contributions that Latinos have made to the City, and today, September 13th, at 10 am, in Los Angeles City Council Chambers, we celebrated the beginning of Latino Heritage Month by honoring Lou Calanche (Executive Director, Expand LA), Ruben Rodriguez (Executive Director, Pueblo y Salud), Teresa Romero (President, United Farm Workers), and Guillermo Rodriguez (Jimmy Kimmel Live).

“Latino Heritage Month is an important time to celebrate the contributions our community makes each and everyday to the cultural fabric that is Los Angeles. These honorees are unsung heroes and span a cross-section from youth and community advocacy to the entertainment industry which has historically overlooked Latino roles in mainstream media.,” said Councilwoman Rodriguez.

Additionally, on September 15 from 5 pm to 11 pm, the City of Los Angeles and El Grito Madrina, Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, host the 81st Annual El Grito on the historic steps of Los Angeles City Hall (200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012) and Gloria Molina Grand Park.

This annual tradition includes Los Angeles leaders joining the Consul General of Mexico to reenact the historic Cry of Dolores and ring of the bell, commemorating the call to arms pronounced by Miguel Hidalgo in 1810, launching the Mexican War for Independence. El Grito will feature a concert with live performances by Banda Machos, Las Colibrí, Las Cafeteras, and Banda Las Angelinas. Participants will also enjoy a variety of food trucks, vendors curated by the Goddess Mercado, resources, and a silent disco.


Latino Heritage Month Presentation Honorees, Wednesday, September 13th:

  • Lou Calanche, Executive Director, Expand LA
  • Ruben Rodriguez, Executive Director, Pueblo y Salud
  • Teresa Romero, President, United Farm Workers
  • Guillermo Rodriguez, Jimmy Kimmel Live

Photos from today’s Council Presentation, here.


El Grito: Friday, September 15th:

5 pm – 11 pm, Los Angeles City Hall and Gloria Molina Grand Park

  • Early arrival is recommended as Station Media Vehicle parking/media parking will be limited.
  • Media check-in will be located at the Spring St. entrance, closest to Temple St.


Press RSVP:

El Grito Photos, Video Clips, and Graphics, here.

Please contact us for additional El Grito images and media details.

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About Councilwoman Rodriguez

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez serves as the City’s Chair of the Public Safety Committee and represents the 7th Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, which includes the neighborhoods of Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Sunland, Tujunga, North Hills, Shadow Hills, and La Tuna Canyon.