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Call for Social Justice Symposium proposals extended

The deadline to submit proposals for this year's J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium has been extended to Jan. 31, 2007.

/> This year's symposium, "Environmental Justice: Unifying Research and Activism," will be held March 29-31, 2007, at various locations on the New Mexico State University campus. The symposium coincides every year with commemoration of César Chávez Day, honoring the civil rights activist who fought for the rights of farm workers.

Researchers, policymakers and activists concerned with furthering dialogue and finding solutions to environmental issues will address such challenges as toxic and nuclear waste contamination of landfills, the impact of pesticides on farm workers' health, the effects of rapid urbanization on access to clean food and water, implications of free trade agreements for environmental protections, and the effects of extractive industries on the lives of indigenous peoples. Visits to colonias and a tree-planting ceremony also are in the works.

Proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers, demonstrations of appropriate technology, workshops and posters that address any of these or related issues are welcome. Presentations should demonstrate on how research and activism can work together to further the principles of environmental justice.

Guest speakers this year include Angus Wright, author of "The Death of Ramon Gonzales: the Modern Agricultural Dilemma" and co-author of "To Inherit the Earth: the Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil;" Derrick Jensen, author of "Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests," "Listening to the Land," and "Endgame;" Carolyn Raffensperger, author of "Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy" and "Protecting Public Health and the Environment;" and Stuart Pimm, a Doris Duke professor of conservation ecology at Duke University and a 2005 distinguished alumnus from NMSU.

For more information, call the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at (505) 646-6816.