March 26, 2007: Movie: "Maquilapolis City of Factories"
1:00 - 3:00 pm, Cook-DeWitt Center
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Carmen works the graveyard shift in one of Tijuana's 800 maquiladoras (factories), the multinationally-owned factories that come to Mexico for its cheap labor. She suffers from kidney damage and lead poisoning from her years of exposure to toxic chemicals. She earns $6.00 a day. But Carmen is not a victim. She is a dynamic and busy young woman making a life for herself and her children. Carmen and her friend Lourdes reach beyond the daily struggle for survival to organize for change. Carmen takes a major television manufacturer to task for violation of her labor rights. Lourdes pressures the government to clean up a toxic waste dump left behind by a departing factory. The women also use cameras to document their lives, their city and their hopes for the future.
March 27, 2007: English as a Second Language: Is this Really Necessary?
4:00 - 6:00 pm, Kirkhof Center 215/216
With the globalization of the economy, natural resources, and even the tourist industry, the real question should be, "Why more than one language?" This forum will present the research behind two languages or more, a personal experience of someone who "has been there" and what are the current legislative issues and education movements towards learning two or more languages.
Speaker: Carlos Munoz Jr., Professor Emeritus, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California-Berkley
Professor of History and Chicano Studies, Dr. Donicio Valdes, Ph.D., has done extensive research in looking at Mexico, and has turned his attention to the immigration of Mexicans in the United States and to Chicanos in the Midwest. His groundbreaking work has been documenting the working lives of the Chicano and Mexican Midwesterners. That being said, Donicio will talk about the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. Born in Arizona and raised in California, Cesar Chavez was an indigenous, self-educated Latino leader. A farmworker, veteran, community activist, and an organizer, Cesar Chavez has accomplished what no one had done before- he lead a 5 year nonviolent boycott against California grape growers, protesting poor working conditions and the use of pesticides harmful to farm workers.
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