November 11, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-La Causa will present "Voices for the Voiceless: The Freedom Song." Fifteen nationally recognized poets will appear on stage for an evening of literary and cultural entertainment on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 until 10 p.m. in the Frontroom of the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College. In addition to the poetry reading, the event will feature a Mexican buffet courtesy of La Veracruzana restaurant, an appearance by DJ Big Phil, book signings and an album release party.

This year "Voices for the Voiceless" will honor Raul Salinas, one of the founders of the Chicano Literary Movement, as the recipient of the Louis Reyes Rivera Lifetime Achievement Award.

The fifteen poets who will read from their work are all members of ALANA, the African/Latino/Asian/Native American association. They include Giles Lung-Hwa Li, Raul Salinas, Ivan Miller, Monique Jarvis, Crystal Senter-Brown, Steven "Bonafide" Rojas, Kevin Coval, Jaime "Shaggy" Flores, Crystal Lee Endsley, Bassey Ikpi, Ed Garcia, E. Omar Telan, Soulfighter, Dennis Kim and Reginald Harris.