May 9 is Willie Velasquez Day — in memory of the founder of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, and one of the most important civil rights activists of our time. In 2013, I sponsored a bill designating May 9 as Willie Velasquez Day, because I felt it was important to recognize the work Velasquez did to empower the Latino community. And that work is just as important today. There are a few things you can do to honor his legacy: urge students registered to vote to cast their vote in the May 7 election and May 24 run-off elections. Or, you can make a donation to support the Willie Velasquez Monument — an 8-foot bronze statue in Willie's image in the works.