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Migrant Advocate to Speak on Campus

Californian Elected to Michoacan State Legislature Will Speak at UC Riverside on Migrant Rights

Visit by Jesus Martinez-Saldana is part of Tomás Rivera International
Forum Series of 2005

(April 7, 2005)

Jesus Martinez-Saldana, courtesy of Cal State FresnoEnlarge

Jesus Martinez-Saldana, courtesy of Cal State Fresno

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- At a time when attention is focused on immigration issues at the Arizona border, UC Riverside will host a lecture by Jesus Martinez-Saldana, a Californian who was elected as the first Migrant State Legislator in Michoacan, Mexico in November, 2004.

“Representing the Migrants Rights: Michoacanos and the Inland Empire,” will start at 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Humanities 1500. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is the first of the Tomás Rivera International Forum Series of 2005.

“He is the pioneering voice for migrant communities in the Inland Empire and their right to influence the current political and cultural situation in their home country,” said Juan Felipe Herrera, who holds the Tomás Rivera Chair in Creative Writing at UC Riverside. “This is an excellent time for the community to hear from him, especially given the tensions that are taking place right now. We’ll be able to ask him questions directly, including about personal issues that families may have.”

His speech will be videotaped and made available on the Web at

A native of Michoacan, Mexico, Martinez Saldana came to the United States in 1972. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Santa Clara University in 1982 and a master’s in Latin American Studies in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies in 1993, both from UC Berkeley. He previously held a faculty appointment at California State University, Fresno, in the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies.

His visit is sponsored by the Tomás Rivera Endowment and the Department of Creative Writing. Parking permits can be purchased at the kiosks at campus entrances.
More information is available at: (951) 827-5027.

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