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Hispanic lawmakers donate $5K to Haiti relief



On Wednesday, the Hispanic Legislative Caucus announced a $5,000 donation to the Legislative Black Caucus for Haiti relief efforts.

“When a segment of my community, our community, hurts, we all hurt,” Rep. Esteban Bovo, R-Hialeah, said at a Capitol press conference.

Sen. Gary Siplin, whose wife is Haitian and lost both of her parents when she was a child, said the money will go toward an ongoing fundraising effort by black lawmakers.

“Right now we can help best … by donating money,” said Siplin, D-Orlando. He added: “It’s going to take years before we can get Haiti to be the viable country that it once was.”


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:15pm]


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