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IU Northwest takes democracy to the streets April 22-23

Students, public invited to discuss, debate participatory democracy


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Emily Banas
Office of Marketing and Communications

Erika Rose
Office of Marketing and Communications

The Indiana University Northwest Department of Minority Studies invites the campus community and the greater Northwest Indiana area to the 2011 Participatory Democracy Conference, “Democracy is in the Streets.”

The event is schedule for 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 22 and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 23 in the Library Conference Center (105ABC), located on campus along 35th Avenue in Gary, just one-half mile south of I-80/94.

Through a practice in participatory democracy, students from IU Northwest, DePaul University, University of Illinois, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue North Central, and Michigan State University, as well as community activists from Northwest Indiana and Chicago, will meet to shape public policy proposals on capitalist democracy and democracy and social movements for workers’ rights, public rights and social justice. Students and community activists will explore, discuss and debate the meaning of participatory democracy and how it applies to the critical issues of our time and our lives.

The event is sponsored by IU Northwest’s Department of Minority Studies; the Latino student organization ALMA; the Black Student Union; and Social Justice as well as Veterans for Peace; Iraq Veterans Against the War; the Chicago Committee Against Militarization (CAMI); Social Justice Club-Purdue University Calumet (SJCPUC); Chicago Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO); and the Rene Nunez Political Action Caucus- National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (RNC-NACCS).

Space is limited and registration is required.  For more information, or to register, contact Dr. Raoul Contreras at (219) 980-6665 or the IU Northwest Social Justice Club at