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FGCU to Host Human Rights Symposium, March 29

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University hosts "Gender in Latin America: Resistance Movements for Human Rights," a one-day symposium Tuesday, March 29 on the FGCU main campus.

At 10 a.m. in the Student Union ballroom, award-winning journalist and University of Puerto Rico associate professor Maritza Stanchich presents "Human Rights Crisis in Puerto Rico: The Uses of the Peripheries." Stanchich discusses Puerto Rico's use as a laboratory for policies to be applied in the United States-such as the current attacks on public education and union rights in Wisconsin. A reception with complimentary food and beverages follows the talk.

At 11:30 a.m. in the Student Union ballroom, keynote speakers from the Mexico Solidarity Network discuss the escalation of social violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, including its impact on women and its relation to drug trafficking, militarization, globalization, and the sweatshop industry.

From 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., a series of concurrent workshops on student resistance, social movements in Latin America, and grassroots organizing will be presented:

In Academic Building 3, Room 203, a live Skype video conference with student organizers at the University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, who are protesting recent tuition hikes and violent police repression of their activities.

In Ben Hill Griffin Hall, Room 210, a live Skype video conference with professor Marina Sitrin, who has written and edited three books about recent developments in Argentina, where a severe economic crisis has sparked an array of popular protest movements, factory occupations, and other new and creative forms of activism for social and economic justice.

In Ben Hill Griffin Hall, Room 109, Nely Rodriguez discusses the Campaign for Fair Food as well as the efforts of the Coalition for Immokalee Worker’s Women's Group to eliminate sexual harassment, and other prevalent abuses in Florida agriculture.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees requiring special accommodations should contact Elena Ruiz-Aho at at least two business days prior to the event.

The event is presented and endorsed by FGCU Amnesty International; FGCU Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Human Rights Studies; FGCU Gay Straight Alliance; FGCU Gender Equality Organization; FGCU Honors Program; FGCU Politics, History, and Culture Club; FGCU Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement.

For more information, media representatives should contact John Cox at, or visit

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