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Rights Activist Julie Chávez Rodriguez at Eastern

Written by Kate Harner

Julie Chavez Rodriguez.JPG            Willimantic, Conn. - Julie Chávez Rodriguez, granddaughter of labor and civil rights activist César Chávez and programs director for the César E. Chávez Foundation, will speak at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7 at Eastern Connecticut State University. Rodriguez will lecture in the Paul E. Johnson Sr. Community Conference Room of the J. Eugene Smith Library. The event is open to the public. Admission is free.

            At a young age, Rodriguez was exposed to the working people's struggle at the United Farm Workers' (UFW) headquarters at La Paz, located in Keene, California. Rodriguez began volunteering with the UFW at age 5. Since then, she has energized La Causa, the movement to advance farm workers' rights, through campaigns and other events. Rodriguez supports service-learning projects by leading the César E. Chávez Foundation's "Educating the Heart" school program and participating as a fellow in National Service-Learning Emerging Leaders Initiative, the National Service-Learning Partnership and the National Youth Leadership Council.

University Hour is Eastern's Wednesday afternoon cultural and educational series. For more information on this and other University Hour events, please call (860) 465-5245.


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