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E-M:/ Latina Green Speaker re: diversity

Enviro-Mich message from afinan@umich.edu

MONDAY, Dec. 3, 3:00 - 5:00
Ponds Room, Michigan Union

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diversity and its importance in American politics on Monday, December 3, in
the Ponds Room of the Michigan Union, from 3-5 p.m.  Please join us to hear
her inspiring words!

Anita Rios is the second oldest of eight children of migrant farm workers.
Having been raised in poverty, Anita has seen first hand many of the
problems that face our society.  She believes that a breakdown in democracy
perpetuates these problems, and that the manner in which we conduct
politics is a barrier to change.  A former mental health case manager and
union delegate for SEIU Local 1199, Anita was on the Local 1199's executive
board for Ohio, and represented them on the regional labor council of the
AFL-CIO.  She was elected to the Steering Committee of the United States
Green Party in 2001, and is the highest ranking Latina in any major US
political party.  She is now dedicated to building the Green Party, which
she sees as the best hope for grassroots democracy.  Anita has been married
for 20 years and has two teenage sons.

Anita's talk will be quite timely, as the University community grapples
with the affirmative action trial in Cincinnati on December 6th.  She will
address the role of diversity in American politics, and how outreach to
diverse communities is essential for the success of democracy.  Her talk
will be followed by a strategizing session on outreach to communities of

Sponsored by the UM Student Greens.  Please direct inquiries to Juscha
Robinson at jvannier@umich.edu or 997-0642.

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