RIP Patricia Orellana (Pat Navar)
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 19, 2017
Milwaukee, WI – Patricia Orellana also known as Pat Navar has passed away surrounded by friends and family. Orellana worked for the United Migrant Opportunities Services (UMOS) and recently retired. She was also among the 500 community educational activists who took over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chapman Hall (Chancellor’s office) on August 27, 1970 in the struggle to bring down a discriminatory policy that kept Latino students from enrolling at the university. Only 13 Hispanic students were enrolled at UW-Milwaukee compare to 25,000 White students in 1970. After weeks of protests, the UWM chancellor agreed to create the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute, which today is known as the Roberto Hernandez Center.
Orellana along with hundreds of Latinos and allies participated in the 79.4 mile march from Milwaukee to Madison to fight for migrant rights including the enforcement of migrant laws that were previously passed in Wisconsin.