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The Women of Juarez: Cesar Chavez Speaker Series

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Mar 27, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Rocklin Campus T (Dietrich Theatre)
5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin, CA 95677
Reyes Ortega,
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How many more must die before it's too many?

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The Women of Juarez: How many more must die before it's too many?

The phenomenon of the female homicides in Ciudad Juárez, called in Spanish feminicidio ("feminicide") involves the violent deaths of hundreds of women and girls since 1993 in the northern Mexican region of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, a border city across the Rio Grande from the U.S. city of El Paso, Texas. The number of murdered women in Ciudad Juarez since 1993 is estimated to be more than 370. A government committee found a similar array of causes for the earlier wave of killings. After surveying 155 killings out of 340 documented between 1993 and 2003, the committee found that roughly half were prompted by motives like domestic violence, robbery and gang wars, while a little more than a third involved sexual assault. The murders of women and girls in Ciudad Juárez since 1993 have received international attention, primarily due to perceived government inaction in preventing violence against women and girls and bringing perpetrators to justice.

“More alarming still, a provisional list compiled by the Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office—which was leaked in November 2012—contains the names of more than 25,000 people who were disappeared or went missing … and whose fates remain unknown.”
Source: Human Rights Watch, (2012). Mexico’s Disappeared: The Enduring Cost of a Crisis Ignored, p.2.

Moderator: Edgar Ruiz, Executive Director, The Council of State Governments-West

Panelists include:

  • Senator Eliot Shapleigh, 29th Senatorial District of Texas, 1997-2011
  • Alfredo Corchado, Mexico Bureau Chief of the Dallas Morning News/Author
  • Mother of missing daughter, Comité de Madres de Juárez / Mothers of Juárez Committee
  • Ricardo Santiago, International Community Organizer, Yo Soy (I Am) 132

The purpose of the Cesar E. Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series is to advance the social justice and cultural awareness agenda that Cesar Chavez and others worked so hard to achieve. Each year, a forum of distinguished panelists is invited to provide an intellectual and thought-provoking opportunity for students, faculty, staff and communities to gain a greater understanding of the most complex issues to face our nation. It is in that spirit that we celebrate this legacy with our annual Cesar E. Chavez Higher Education Speaker Series event.

Background: For a generation of Americans, Cesar E. Chavez (1927-1993) was the voice of farmworkers and of the Mexican American people. Chavez earned this position through his role as founder and organizer of the United Farm Workers union, through his leadership in the Chicano Movement, and through his crucial role in politics. As a result of his efforts, the concerns of Mexican American and other Latino peoples in the United States were, for the first time, brought into the national political debate. (Botz, 2006). 

This event is sponsored by: New Legacy Committee, Academic Senate, Associated Students of Sierra College, Cesar Chavez Foundation, Puente Program, Puente Club, Dream Club, Sociology Club, Sociology Department, Latino Leadership Council of Placer County.

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo Bank, Associated Students at Sierra College, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Puente Club. Supported by: Cesar Chavez Foundation, New Legacy Committee, Sierra College Foundation, Academic Senate, Puente Program, Dream Club, Latino Leadership Council, Art Department, Drama Department, Marketing and Public Relations Department, English Department, Journalism Department, Learning Resource Center, Spectrum Committee, Gender Equity Committee

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