Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 3, 2007

Indigenous-Migrants Advocate to Discuss the Roots of Migration
Oct. 16 at Whitworth

Who: Centolia Maldonado Vasquez, community leader with Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations

What: A presentation, "The Roots of Migration: Free Trade, Immigration and Indigenous Rights in Oaxaca"

When: Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

Where: Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University

Cost: Admission is Free. Professional translation (English-Spanish) provided. For more information, please call (509) 777-3275.

Centolia Maldonado Vasquez has been a leader in promoting participation in indigenous community-development projects in her home region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca has been the site of social uprisings and conflicts that have brought international attention to the low levels of education, health and infrastructure development in Mexico. In her presentation, Vasquez will demonstrate how globalization, the neoliberal economic model, and U.S. trade policy have contributed significantly to the current conflict and social movement in Oaxaca, as well as to many Mexicans' decisions to migrate to the U.S.

Vasquez is a community leader with the Binational Front of Indigenous Organizations, a network of communities, groups and individuals that work collectively to overcome the economic, political, social and cultural struggles faced by indigenous migrant and non-migrant populations. Vasquez's Whitworth lecture is hosted by Witness for Peace Northwest. Witness for Peace is a politically independent, nationwide grassroots organization committed to nonviolence and led by faith and conscience. WFP's mission is to support peace, justice and sustainable economies in the Americas by changing U.S. policies and corporate practices which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more information about Witness for Peace, visit www.witnessforpeace.org.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Beth Poteet, regional organizer, Witness for Peace Northwest (509) 995-2571 or wfpnw@witnessforpeace.org.  

Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Whitworth University (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu

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