Marian to host “These Roses have Thorns: Flowers and U.S. Free Trade with Colombia” presentation

October 9, 2014

  FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University will be hosting “These Roses have Thorns: Flowers and U.S. Free Trade with Colombia” presentation on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stayer Center Auditorium. The presentation will feature keynote speakers Josefa Gomez and Leonardo Luna Alzate, both of CACTUS, a Colombian advocacy organization promoting workers’ rights in the flower industry.

Josefa Gomez is a former flower worker who spent almost a decade in the industry. She became involved in CACTUS through its outreach programs, and she eventually joined the organization’s administrative team. With her experience as both a worker and organizer, she brings a unique perspective to the analysis of the current situation. 

Leonardo Luna Alzate is an expert on territorial issues and social movements. As the leader of the CACTUS program directed toward building solidarity among women flower workers, their families and youth of the savannah, he offers an analysis of the benefits and challenges of creating a unified movement in the face of powerful economic interests.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. John Morris, co-chair of the Social Justice Committee, at jmorris@marianuniversity.edu or at 920-923-7140.