Ericka Huggins highlights Activism Week at Western

Western Today staff
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:37pm

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Ericka Huggins, formerly of the Black Panther party and currently a social activist and lecturer, leads a small group discussion on forming coalitions for change during her visit to Western Feb. 28 as a part of the Social Issues Resource Center’s Activism
Ericka Huggins, formerly of the Black Panther party and currently a social activist and lecturer, leads a small group discussion on forming coalitions for change during her visit to Western Feb. 28 as a part of the Social Issues Resource Center’s Activism

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Social activist Ericka Huggins lectures to an audience Feb. 28 in Arntzen Hall 100 about racial, class, gender and sexual identities and the importance of finding and loving oneself on the road to universal acceptance. Formerly of the Black Panther Party
Social activist Ericka Huggins lectures to an audience Feb. 28 in Arntzen Hall 100 about racial, class, gender and sexual identities and the importance of finding and loving oneself on the road to universal acceptance. Formerly of the Black Panther Party

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Social activist Ericka Huggins meets with a select group of students and community members in the Payne Lounge in Arntzen Hall Feb. 28. Huggins was invited to campus by the Associated Students Social Issues Resource Center to give a lecture as part of the
Social activist Ericka Huggins meets with a select group of students and community members in the Payne Lounge in Arntzen Hall Feb. 28. Huggins was invited to campus by the Associated Students Social Issues Resource Center to give a lecture as part of the

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Western student Jibran Al-Arif helps promote an event for the Social Issues Resource Center in Red Square as a part of Activism Week at Western. Photo by Jeremy Smith | University Communications intern
Western student Jibran Al-Arif helps promote an event for the Social Issues Resource Center in Red Square as a part of Activism Week at Western. Photo by Jeremy Smith | University Communications intern

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Social Issues Resource Center coordinator Saraswati Noel dances on a table in Red Square while promoting an event on Feb. 27. As part of Activism Week, the SIRC is bringing Ericka Huggins, a female leader of the Black Panthers, to campus for a discussion
Social Issues Resource Center coordinator Saraswati Noel dances on a table in Red Square while promoting an event on Feb. 27. As part of Activism Week, the SIRC is bringing Ericka Huggins, a female leader of the Black Panthers, to campus for a discussion

Social activist Ericka Huggins was on campus Wednesday, Feb. 28, to speak as part of about racial, class, gender and sexual identities and the importance of finding and loving oneself on the road to universal acceptance. Formerly of the Black Panther Party during the 1960s and '70s, Huggins has witnessed many societal issues that she says need changing; she stresses that people look at everyone as a singular human race, rather than using cultural definitions for race, to help bring the world together.

Tonight, as part of Activism Week, is a discussion on access to public transit. Speakers from the Seattle Transit Riders Union will be in AW Room 210 from 6 to 7:30 to share their thoughts on transportation equality, positing that “every human being has access to safe, affordable, and reliable public transit.”

For more information, contact Heather Siddiqui at (360) 650-6804 or AS.SIRC.ASST@wwu.edu

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Ericka Huggins, formerly of the Black Panther party and currently a social activist and lecturer, leads a small group discussion on forming coalitions for change during her visit to Western Feb. 28 as a part of the Social Issues Resource Center’s Activism