Mar 18, 2010    #028
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

The New Activism: Roberto Lovato fights for Latino rights in politics, immigration

UMKC's Division of Diversity celebrates the ongoing struggle for humane working conditions

Kansas City, MO. -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Division of Diversity, Access and Equity (DDAE) welcomes Roberto Lovato as its keynote speaker for the Third Annual Cesar Chavez Celebration. The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 at the UMKC Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes, is free and open to the public.

Lovato addresses Latino immigration, electronic surveillance, politics, national security and the politics of fear. He will speak about how fear -- and the politics associated with it -- impact the battle of who can enter into the U.S.

"We again look forward to the annual Cesar Chavez Celebration, commemorating the struggle for humane working conditions, dignity, equality and access to opportunity for everyone," said Dr. Karen Dace, deputy chancellor for the DDAE. "Chavez's work to organize workers against unfair labor practices and unhealthy working conditions continues today with advocates like Roberto Lovato. UMKC values the contribution of Chavez and continues working to inspire a new generation of leaders."

Lovato is a writer, commentator, speaker, activist and co-founder of, an online advocacy organization, as well as a critic of the Obama Administration and the National Council of La Raza. He is a frequent contributor to "The Nation" and the "Huffington Post," and also has contributed to "The Los Angeles Times" and the "San Francisco Chronicle." Lovato has produced programming for NPR, Pacifica and Univision Television Network.

The Division of Diversity, Access and Equity's social justice and diversity lecture series provides a forum for open discussion and continued learning around these issues.

For additional details, visit the Diversity Web site.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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