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August 19, 2017
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American GI Forum of the United States Condemns Hate Groups Activities
Corpus Christi, TX – The American GI Forum of the United States (AGIFUS) strongly opposes any US public official that tolerates the actions and ideologies of any hate group.
It is the duty of public officials to protect the fundamental rights, interests, and welfare of the people of this nation.
The AGIFUS adamantly denounce hate groups and the purposeful acts of violence they commit against the citizens and immigrants of this nation.
The idealism and activities espoused by these hate groups go against the democratic principles this nation was founded upon and has jeopardized our relationship with other nations, as well as harm our people.
Any continued rhetoric supporting hatred by public and government officials cannot be tolerated and must be met with the highest level of public censure.
About the AGIFUS
The AGIFUS is dedicated to addressing problems of discrimination and inequities endured by Hispanic veterans. Through the efforts of the organization’s early leadership, the AGIF has grown to over 40 chapters across the nation and was chartered by Congress in 1998. Today AGIF advocates for “ALL” veterans, their families, and continues its charitable work in local communities across the nation.
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RESOLUTIONS PASSED AT THE AMERICAN GI FORUM NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Resolution to support LULAC to upgrade the Distinguished Service Cross Medal to Congressional Medal of Honor to SGT. Willie Estrada who was killed in Korea while engaged in combat against 1,700 enemy forces.
Resolution to support “Veterans for New America” an influential group of veterans representing each of the military branches and veteran service organizations who support a bipartisan solution to immigration for non-citizen military service members and their families.
New Agent Orange Presumptions resolution highlighting the U.S. Institute Of Medicine (IOM) Congressional Research Report which shows five additional medical conditions which meet the rigorous standards of probability and causation due to environmental exposures in the Republic of Vietnam. Those conditions are: hypothyroidism, bladder cancer, stroke hypertension, and Parkinson –like conditions.
Resolution nominating Carlos Martinez to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mr. Carlos Martinez has guided the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) since 1978 into a multi-million dollar corporation composed of seven interlocking corporations providing veteran services. During his tenure as CEO the NVOP has served over 450,000 veterans.
Resolution recommending the need to increase Mexican American and Latino Museums to show the history and contributions by Mexican American’s and Latino’s in our Nation’s history and all our nations wars.
Resolution recommending action by major networks and cable television to improve mass media presence of Mexican Americans on prime time television. While Latino Population is approximately 17.4 percent of U.S. population only 5.8 percent have speaking roles during prime time in Television.
Resolution against human trafficking of children which are exploited for sex and labor. The AGIF will support awareness programs which educate the public to protect and prevent.
Resolution against educational vouchers and privatization of public schools and that the national Commander will appoint an education committee that will be vigil of national, state and local education policies
Squadron 201, the Mexican Fighter Squadron, who fought side by side with American Forces, in the Philippines, during WWII has never been publically acknowledged by the U.S. Congress. The American GI Forum recommends that the President of the U.S. honor Squadron 201 by, awarding them the Congressional Gold Medal.
Other resolutions were submitted to the Resolutions Committee and were either combined with a similar resolution or were rejected because they were directed at a state level and were not addressing a national agenda.
Ángel Zúñiga, National Commander
At the 69th American GI Forum of the US National Conference that concluded on July 22, 2017 the following were re-elected or elected as National Executive Officers.
2017-18 AGIF of the US National Executive Board
Ángel Zúñiga Patsy Vasquez-Contes
National Commander National Chairwoman
Corpus Christi, Texas Pueblo, Colorado
Russell Lopez Sylvia Garza
National Vice Commander National Vice Chairwoman
Wheat Ridge, Colorado San Marcos, Texas
Myrna Chavarría Rebecca Lugo
National Secretary National Women’s Secretary
San Antonio, Texas Detroit, Michigan
Patricia Marrero Laura Flores
National Treasurer National Women’s Treasurer
Pueblo, Colorado Denver, Colorado
Mario Perales Jasmine Vigil
National Sgt-at-Arms National Youth Chair
Ft Stockton, Texas Detroit, Michigan