Posted: 2/17/20

TAMIU Presents ‘ACTIVIZED’ Minority Voting Rights PBS Documentary



An exciting and thought-provoking PBS documentary, “ACTIVIZED,” will be screened Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6-7 p.m. at Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Academic Innovation Center, room 126.

Aimed to spark conversations about minority voting rights, immigrants’ rights and gun violence prevention, ACTIVIZED features powerful stories and experiences of “Angry Tías and Abuelas of RGV” and attorney Gail Weisntein’s efforts “to try and help families being separated.”

The screening, an offering by TAMIU’s Intercultural Education and Events Committee (IEEC), is free and open to all.

Dr. Peter Haruna, TAMIU IEEC chair and Public Administration professor, said he encourages everyone to attend the screening and learn about activism.

“I am highly impressed by the PBS documentary, ‘ACTIVIZED,’” he said, “It is very timely for and relevant to this political season, galvanizing our collective energies toward participating in and sustaining U.S. democracy. It speaks boldly to how effective and poignant collective action can be in a democratic setting.”

Haruna said participants will have a special opportunity to engage in a Q/A with the documentary director via Skype.

Haruna said at the screening participants can learn how a handful of individuals surprise themselves not by becoming trouble-makers, but by becoming political activists for the first time in their lives with the goal of influencing and changing public policy.

For more information on the film, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ActivizedFilm/

TAMIU is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and its 25th Anniversary at its north Laredo campus throughout 2020.  A dedicated website shares the University’s remarkable transformation from a hybrid upper-level University to a full doctoral degree-granting University with over 29,000 graduates worldwide that enrolls over 8,400 students. Visit the calendar of Anniversary events, explore the University’s timeline, review alumni profiles and more at tamiu.edu/50.

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