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Monday, May 2, 2016
6:00 PM


International House, Assembly Hall




International House


M.E.Ch.A. de UChicago presents a screening of the film "No Más Bebés," which tells the story of immigrant mothers who sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were pushed into sterilizations while giving birth at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s.

The film producer, Professor Virginia Espino of UCLA, and Consuelo Hermosillo, one of the plaintiffs in the Madrigal v. Quilligan case featured in the film, will introduce the film and participate in an audience Q&A session after the screening. This event is part of our Latino Heritage Week series, which will focus on art as a tool for changing racial, economic, and political inequalities.

Virginia Espino is a historian at the UCLA Center for Oral History Research, and has conducted oral histories with major figures in the Latina/o community. Her research on coercive sterilization at LACMC provided the basis for the documentary project. Her research was published "Las Obreras: Chicana Politics of Work and Family," edited by Vicki L. Ruiz, and Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. She has served on the California Commission for Sex Equity, and the Los Angeles Chicano/Latino Education Committee.

Consuelo Hermosillo was a plaintiff in the Madrigal v. Quilligan case featured in No Más Bebés.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Global Voices Lecture Series and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan de UChicago.