Monday, March 03, 2008

Louis Mendoza Completes 31 State Bike Trip

Chicano studies profesor Louis Mendoza was honored at an assembly last Friday at the University of Minnesota, where he shared about his six month-long bicycle trip across the U.S. to raise awareness about the complexity of migrant workers' lives.

Mendoza said he couldn't pick just one highlight of his trip.

"Part of the highlight was talking to so many people who were working really hard to make a living," he said. "I was humbled by the fact that these people who work so hard were willing to take time and share things with me."

Going on a trip like this is a great way to put a face on immigration, Marianne Bueno a visiting Chicano studies professor, said.

"I think it's an important way to get a chance to hear and listen and see the everyday stories and the everyday lives," she said. "Being on the ground in the way that he was with his bike will help put faces to the language, to the talking, to the policies."


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