Saturday, 30 April 2011

Afro-Venezuelans and the Struggle for Equality (Special Event at Nyumburu)

The Nyumburu Cultural Center is pleased to invite you to a special talk and discussion with

Congressman Modesto Ruiz
President of the Subcommittee on Legislation, Participation, Warranties, Duties and Rights of African descendants in the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The Nyumburu Cultural Center
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
12 noon- 2:00pm
If you plan on attending please RSVP:

For some years now, Afro-Venezuelan communities have increasingly begun to organize themselves and effectively impact progressive policy change in Venezuela. Congressman Ruiz will discuss the current advances being made in Venezuela against racism and discrimination as well as some of the problems that still exist. Additionally, he will speak of the overall changes sweeping the nation as a result of increased political participation and citizen empowerment under the Chavez administration.

Modesto Ruiz has been a deputy in Venezuela’s National Assembly from the state of Miranda since 2006. In 2009 he became the President of the Subcommittee on Legislation, Participation, Warranties, Duties and Rights of African descendants. Most recently in that capacity, he was responsible for the drafting of a national law against racial discrimination and intolerance that is expected to be passed this year. In 2006, he helped draft the Law of Communal Councils that was later approved by the National Assembly. He has been a member of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups of the National Assembly between Venezuela and various African countries including Gambia and Angola and was the Chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Namibia in 2009. Before his career in the National Assembly he was a city councilman for the municipality of Andres Bello in Miranda State (1993-1995) and shortly after was elected Mayor of that same municipality until 2000. He is a journalist by training and has been involved for many years in promoting policies that recognize and uplift the Afro-Venezuelan population. Since 2007 he has been a member of the Network of Afro-Venezuelan Organizations.
Nyumburu Cultural Center
1120 Nyumburu Cultural Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
tel. 301.314.7758 fax. 301.314.0383

The Nyumburu Cultural Center is dedicated to advancing and augmenting the academic and the multi-cultural missions of the university by presenting a forum for the scholarly exchange and artistic engagement of African Diaspora culture and history. Our many programs are open to the entire university community and are open to the general public.

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