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Expert on Immigrant and Refugee Rights to
Present March 3 Lecture at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 17, 2009

Cathi Tactaquin
Cathi Tactaquin

EAU CLAIRE — Cathi Tactaquin, director of the California-based National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, will speak March 3 on The Forum lecture series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her address, "Immigration and Race in the Global Era," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.

In her presentation, Tactaquin will call for a greater understanding of how the worldwide demographic shift is challenging perceptions, attitudes, policies and laws for race relations and immigration. She will draw upon her own experiences as the daughter of a farm worker, an organizer in the Filipino community and an international migrant activist.

Founded in 1986, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is an alliance of grassroots, community, labor and faith organizations working for fairness and justice in immigration policy. The organization's goals include strengthening the ability of refugee and immigrant communities to participate in the immigrant rights movement, connecting immigrant communities and the immigrant rights movement with global social and economic justice movements, and strengthening the leadership and vision of the immigrant rights movement.

Tactaquin was one of the founders of Filipino Civil Rights Advocates, the first Filipino civil rights organization, and is a current member of its national council. Additionally, she helped form and sits on the executive committee of the Geneva-based Migrant Rights International, a network of migrant organizations building a global campaign to promote migrant rights. Tactaquin is a former recipient of the Bannerman Fellowship, an award recognizing outstanding activists of color, and is a member of the board of the Poverty, Race and Research Action Council, based in Washington, D.C.

Tactaquin speaks and writes frequently on migration in the global era, specifically on the internationalization of labor, undocumented migration and the issue of borders. She is deeply involved in environmental organizations and has worked to expose the "greening of hate" — the movement of conservative population and environmental forces against immigration.

The Forum program will be interpreted for the deaf and hard of hearing. Tactaquin's presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and an informal reception.

Tickets for The Forum are $8 for the public, $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are $2 until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students will be required to pay the full student ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center in the east lobby of Davies Center, and will be sold at the door. Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Tickets for all campus events also are on sale at the Service Center's ticket office in the main lobby of Haas Fine Arts Center. The Haas Center ticket outlet is open from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is closed during holidays and academic breaks.

Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for The Forum.

In its 67th season, The Forum is funded by the students of the UW-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities and Programs office of the University Centers.

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