October 13, 2021
FIRST LADY JILL BIDEN’S TRIP TO KCK HIGHLIGHTS MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION WITH HISPANIC AMERICANS
Topeka, KS- Yesterday, First Lady Jill Biden visited Kansas City, Kansas to listen and discuss the concerns of Hispanic Americans. Dr. Biden was joined by Representative Sharice Davids and U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Garcias Guzman for a “charla,” as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
During the event, Dr. Biden also discussed how the Biden Administration has supported Latinos during the grueling COVID-19 pandemic, and how the administration protects the needs of Latino businesses and families.
Read more about the First Lady’s trip to Kansas City here:
Kansas Reflector: First Lady Biden convenes charla in Kansas City to explore challenges of Latino trailblazers (October 12, 2021)
Biden marked Hispanic Heritage Month with Isbella Guzman, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. They had a conversation, or charla, that touched on stories of people striving to overcome educational, social and economic barriers to build on sacrifices of their parents and previous generations. It was part of a daylong trip that also took President Joe Biden’s wife to Pennsylvania and Illinois.
“During the campaign, I talked to a lot of young Hispanic youth and they told me, ‘I don’t know that we’re being heard.’ So I started some charlas,” Biden said. “I can’t wait to go back and tell him all your stories and how inspiring you all are.”
The Kansas City Star: First lady Jill Biden addresses small business aid, Latino concerns in KCK visit (October 13, 2021)
“I think a lot of times people don’t have a really positive image of the government and what the government does, so I think it’s important we get out the message,” Biden said, adding that “I hope that people of Kansas see that government can be good and can do good things and does help people.”
Biden and Guzman touted the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, a disaster relief loan aimed at helping struggling small businesses. SBA has made changes to the program this year designed to increase its availability and effectiveness, including raising the cap on loans to $2 million and offering businesses up to 24 months of payment deferment. About $2.6 million in EIDL loans have been made in Kansas.
KCUR: First Lady Jill Biden urges Latino community in Kansas City to ‘pay it forward’ (October 12, 2021)
The First Lady said she talked to a lot of young Latino voters during her husband’s campaign for U.S. president. “They told me ‘I don’t know that we’re being heard,’” Biden said.
Biden came to El Centro Academy with Small Business Administration director Isabella Guzman, touting the administration’s Build Back Better agenda and their use of coronavirus relief measures to support Latino-owned businesses.
Biden went around the table asking each individual to share their story. Medina explained that he’s a second-generation American of Panamanian and Puerto Rican descent, and ended up in Kansas after moving around a lot.
“I think it’s important to share our stories,” he [Medina] said. “I’m glad she made space for us.”
KSHB: First Lady Dr. Jill Biden hears from small business owners in KCK (October 12, 2021)
Biden spoke with several small business owners in the Latino community at El Centro Academy.
Biden said she hopes Tuesday’s charla will show the people of Kansas that government can do good things and help people.
“I know that that’s one of the things that my husband does believe in so strongly,” Biden said.
Rep. Davids said she was excited not only to be able to host the First Lady in KCK but also SBA Administrator Guzman.
“Our small businesses have been devastated by this pandemic, so getting the chance to have the SBA Administrator out here to see and meet some of our business owners, some of our young people, I think it’s amazing,” Davids said.