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The Rev. Addie L. Wyatt Religion Labor Lecture Series

In honor of her commitment to the civil and worker rights movement, a Public Lecture Series addressing the historical linkage of religious and labor institutions has been established in the name of Rev. Addie L. Wyatt. The series will feature presentations and discussions on diverse topics related to the juncture of religious and work life. Lectures will be free and open to the public.
Thursday, January 31, 2002
Noon to 1 p.m.
Agape House Campus Ministries
1046 W. Polk St.

Baldemar Velasquez, Founder and President
Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO
Velasquez founded FLOC, a union of migrant and seasonal farmworkers in the Midwest, in 1967. FLOC and its supporters in the religious community, organized labor, and local volunteer committees around the country carried on an eight-year strike and boycott against Campbell Soup. In 1986, FLOC signed historic contracts with Campbell Soup and Vlasic and their tomato and pickle growers in Ohio and Michigan. In the following years, FLOC has signed similar contracts with Heinz, Green Bay, and Aunt Jane's corporations and their pickle growers in the same region.

Thursday, April 4, 2002
Noon to 1 p.m.
Agape House Campus Ministries
1046 W. Polk St.

Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr.
Pastor Emeritus at Holman United Methodist in Los Angeles
In 1960, Rev. Lawson was the chief organizer of the sit-in campaigns in Nashville and elsewhere. He is one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was coordinator of the 1961 Freedom Ride. Rev. Lawson also served as the Chair of the Strategy Committee of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike. Over the last fifty years, Rev. Lawson has been arrested numerous times in Kentucky, Mississippi, California, Ohio, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia while advocating for racial, social and economic justice. His ministry is chronicled in The Children by David Halberstam.

Each Lecture will also be held at McCormick Seminary at 4 pm on their respective dates.

Sponsored by: Agape House Campus Ministries of UIC,
Chicago Federation of Labor, Chicago Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues, Graduate Employees Organization of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, McCormick Theological Seminary and The University of Illinois Chicago Labor Education Program.



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