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October 15, 2000

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Drop the Demopublicans Lecture Looks at the 
Progressive’s Unexpected Ideological Dilemma This Election

Arguing that the two-party political system in the United States is oppressive to democracy, Dr. Raoul Contreras will speak on his belief that it is time for progressives to Drop the Demopublicans (Democrats and Republicans) at Indiana University  Northwest on October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Raintree Hall. He will specifically address what he feels is wrong with the “myth that (Ralph) Nader can’t win” the presidential election.

“The amazing rise of the Green Party, and specifically its presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, provides progressives committed to race, class and gender-orientated social justice, a true alternative to Albert Gore’s Democratic Party candidacy,” says Contreras, who is an associate professor of Latino Studies at IU Northwest. “My focus is the potential voting for Nader holds in cracking the oppressive anti-democratic nature of the American two-party system.” He adds that the 2000 presidential election has become an ideological dilemma for Progressives because many believe that, “a vote for Nader is a vote for Bush.” 

Contreras is giving the presentation as part of the Lectures in Race and Ethnicity Series by the Minority Studies Department IU Northwest. Sponsored by the university’s Diversity Programming and ALMA, the campus Latino Student Organization, Drop the Demopublicans is open to the community free of charge. More information is available with Dr. Contreras at 219-.980-6665. 

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