Occupy Wall Street activist to speak on campus

Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: October 19, 2012

      HAMMOND – An activist and organizer associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement will speak at Southeastern Louisiana University at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

     Educator Justin Wedes of Brooklyn, N.Y., will discuss issues associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement as part of the Southeastern Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice's eighth annual social justice speaker series. The program is free and open to the public and will be held in the Pottle Music Auditorium.

     He will also meet with students interested in learning techniques associated with community organizing at 11 a.m. that day in room 228 of the War Memorial Student Union.

     A graduate of the University of Michigan with degrees in physics and linguistics, Wedes is a founding member of the New York City General Assembly, the group that gave birth to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Currently serving as co-principal of the Paul Robeson Freedom School in New York, he continues his activism efforts with the Grassroots Education Movement and Class Size Matters.

     The program is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the Southeastern Arts and Lectures Committee and the Southeastern Sociological Association. For more information, contact David Burley, assistant professor of sociology, at 985-549-5443 or by e-mail at david.burley@southeastern.edu.

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