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Chicana activist leads social movement discussion at IU Northwest

The tenth edition of the free, public forum Lectures in Race and Ethnicity will feature Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez, a Chicana activist, educator and director of the Institute for Multiracial Justice in San Francisco.

On Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium at IU Northwest, Martinez will speak on "Social Movement Opposition to the War and Occupation of Iraq: Racial Justice, Anti-Imperialism, and Democracy." She will address the current state of the national and international social movement against the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq. She will also address the specific impact and consequences of U.S. militarism and imperialist ventures on people of color, Latinos in particular.

An activist in Latino anti-war organization, she is the editor of WarTimes/Tiempo de Guerras. Martinezís activism began in the early 1960s when she served full time in the black civil rights movement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the South and as its New York office coordinator. Martinezís best known written work is her book, 500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures. Her most recent book is De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views for a Multi-Colored Century.

This edition of Lectures in Race and Ethnicity is co-sponsored by Northwest Indiana Against the War ó People United for Peace and Social Justice. The entire lecture series is part of the Minority Studies Department at IU Northwest and ALMA, the IU Northwest Latino Student Organization. For more information, contact (219) 980-6629.



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