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Press Release for Thursday, January 25, 2007

UNF's United Faculty of Florida Initiates New Monthly Forum

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Chapter of the United Faculty of Florida has initiated new monthly public forums focusing on labor issues. The first forum will be held at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 30, in Room 1700 of the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14). This event is free and open to the public.

January’s forum will feature the award-winning documentary “This is What Democracy Looks Like,” which focuses on the 1999 World Trade Organization’s protests in Seattle. The protests were the first public opposition to the so-called "free trade" movement. Led by a coalition of labor unions, environmental organizations and consumer groups, these protests brought together a diverse group of political activists who shared a common concern for their country and their children's future.

Future monthly forums are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 27, Noon until 2 p.m. at the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1700—Viewing of docudrama “10,000 Black Men Named George, which dramatizes the struggle of journalist and political activist Asa Philip Randolph and railway car porter Ashley Totten. The duo formed the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Car Porters in the 1920s, which proved to have a major impact in both labor and race relations in America.

Tuesday, March 27, Noon until 2 p.m. at the Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Student Life Center (Building 14), Room 1700—Nationally known singer, songwriter and activist Anne Feeney will be in concert. Better known as “The Union Maid,” Feeney’s bottomless song bag draws on Irish, bluegrass, traditional, labor, pop, folk and contemporary material.

For more information on these monthly public forums, contact Stan Swart at (904) 620-1654 or at