For Immediate Release
Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchú Champions Immigrants’ Rights at Evergreen Valley College
NOTE: *Media availability with Rigoberta Menchú will be conducted at 10:30 am in a designated space.
Oct. 10, 2008, San José, CA -- Rigoberta Menchú, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner and humanitarian, who rose from Guatemalan farm worker to civil rights activist for indigenous peoples, will address students, faculty and staff at Evergreen Valley College on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 11:00 am in the gymnasium. This is a free event, and the public is welcome.
Growing up in poverty, in a family ravaged by political oppression and brutal persecution, Menchú fought for social reform and humanitarian rights of the Indian peasants in Guatemala. In her social and political work, she has continually emphasized the long-term objective for peace and ethno-cultural reconciliation.
Menchú’s visit is part of a larger effort to promote a cultural peace in support of human rights and working class people, with an emphasis on students’ rights.
Today, Rigoberta Menchú stands out as a vivid symbol of peace and reconciliation across ethnic, cultural and social dividing lines, in her own country, on the American continent, and in the world.
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