The next community League of Women Voters Lunch with Leader is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 at Mesa Public Library.
The speaker is Jorge Rodriguez, field organizer in the Las Cruces office of the ACLU. His topic is “We Live as Second-Class Citizens”. This conversation will focus on current events happening in the southern border region and how they stem and sustain the institutions that criminalize border communities.
Rodriguez is originally from Salem, a colonia in southern New Mexico. He has undergraduate and master’s degrees from New Mexico State University. Rodriguez wrote his thesis on “Interior Border Crossing Experiences of Young Mexican-Americans in the Southwest Border Region and the Influence on Border Identity.” As the grandson of a guest worker, agricultural laborer, and border resident, fighting systemic barriers has and will continue to be a lifelong journey for him, he said.
Click these links to learn more about Rodriguez and his work: