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#049--March 1, 1999; For Immediate Release
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler/Chris Kilkes 415/338-1665

SFSU continues centennial year Chinese Historical Society of America lecture series

Noted Asian American activist and lawyer Lora Jo Foo will discuss legal and community issues

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- March 1, 1999 -- Continuing its centennial year series of lectures cosponsored by the Chinese Historical Society of America, San Francisco State University will present a talk titled, "Perspectives on Organizing and Lawyering in the Asian American Community," by alumnus Lora Jo Foo. The lecture will be presented on Friday, March 19 from 7-9 p.m. at the CHSA’s offices, 644 Broadway Street, 4th floor, Suite 403, in San Francisco. Admission is free.

Foo will discuss her long experience in organizing Asian American workers as both a union organizer and attorney for private and public interest law firms. She also will describe the many ways of organizing immigrants, discuss the special problems and issues of organizing, and talk about the successes and failures of her work.

Currently, Foo serves as the managing attorney of the Asian Law Caucus, a civil rights group that represents garment, restaurant, construction and other workers in areas of immigration, housing, senior rights, and employment. Foo is also part of the legal team representing the Asian Law Caucus and its lawsuit on behalf of garment workers against employers on the island of Saipan.

A native of San Francisco, Foo graduated from SFSU with a B.A. in Psychology in 1982 and received her J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. As well as her duties at the Asian Law Caucus, Foo serves as president of the garment worker advocate group, Sweatshop Watch.

SFSU, which was founded in 1899, is celebrating its centennial year by co-sponsoring with the CHSA a series of lectures by SFSU faculty and alumni. For more information about the lecture series, call (415) 391-1188


This release was co-written by student writer, Chris Kilkes.

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