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Social Justice Speaker Series to address immigration rights

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s sixth annual Social Justice Speaker Series will address the topic of immigration rights in a succession of lectures Nov. 3-4. 
     Co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Southeastern Sociological Association, the presentations are free and open to the public. All presentations will be held in the Student Union Theatre.
     Ann Cass, executive director of Proyecto Azteca, a non-profit construction and self-help program in south Texas, will lead the series with a presentation at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Nov. 3). A graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans with a master’s degree in pastoral studies, she previously served as pastoral administrator of Holy Spirit Parish in McAllen, Tex., for 25 years and has a wealth of experience in community and economic development issues.
     Also scheduled on Wednesday at 2 p.m. is Ted Quant, director of the Twomey Center for Peace through Justice at Loyola University. He is a trainer and administrator specializing in conflict resolution, diversity training, teambuilding, youth leadership development and communication in schools, corporations and community groups.
     On Thursday (Nov. 5) at 2 p.m., immigration advocate Jesse Perez  Jr. will discuss “Confronting the Two Faces of the Immigration Rights Movement in the Context of the Immigration Industrial Complex.” Currently teaching sociology at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, he is founder of the Placita Olvera Working Group that organized the 2006 Gran Marcha in Los Angeles, one of the largest civil and human rights gatherings in the nation.
     For additional information, contact the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at 985-549-2110.

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