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Fidel y Cuba: Complexities of a Revolution and A Revolutionary

By Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, a civil and human rights lawyer, and President of the National Lawyer’s Guild, the nation’s oldest progressive bar association. To criticize Fidel Castro or celebrate his death without recognizing that here are also millions who mourn him is to underestimate and misunderstand his legacy, not only to Cuba but for the world. It is to ignore the complexities of the Cuban reality and revolution, which…

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Dilley Dispatches: Holistic Legal Support to End Family Detention

By Carlos A. Valenzuela, an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow with the Safe Passage Project; Claire R. Thomas is an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School; Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services; Marilyn E. Alvarado is a first generation college graduate from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice and paralegal with Safe Passage Project; Michelle Castaneda is a Ph.D….

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Learning to Walk Behind Bars: The Treatment of Accompanied Children in Detention

Claire R. Thomas is an attorney and adjunct professor interested in migration, statelessness, human rights, and empowerment for women and girls facing poverty and gender-based violence. Based in New York City, Thomas advocates for immigrant children facing deportation from the United States as an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School. Over the past 30 years, immigration detention in the United States has expanded…

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Calling All Movement Lawyers: We Need To Organize Our Legal Support

Chaumtoli Huq is the Editor of Law@theMargins. Additional thanks to Editorial Law Intern Val Merlina for her edits on this piece. Many of you I know who are committed to social justice are processing the United States presidential election results and the pending Trump presidency, and many of you are doing this in different ways: from gathering with friends, getting on social media, jumping into actions and protests, while others of you…

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VIDEO: Tea Workers Protest Creation of Economic Zone Over Their Cultivated Land

Tea workers from Chandpore Tea Estate share about their protest to stop the creation of a special economic zone over land they have cultivated for years to supplement their meager salary from tea plucking.  Listen to them talk about their struggle that began in December 2015.  While the government has halted on the plan to have a economic zone, after months of protest, there is still not guarantee that they…

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Freedom of Speech: It’s All About Race: Oregon Standoff and No DAPL

By Dayna Jones & Val Merlina, Law Interns & Editorial Team with Law@theMargins All oppression is connected, but the glaring blindness of white privilege stands in the way of this critical recognition. As movements across America, from Standing Rock to Don’t Shoot PDX and the Driscoll Farmworker Boycott, engage in the struggle against corporate and governmental entities to realize their human rights, the discrepancy between treatment of peoples cannot be ignored….

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Ending the Hurt at Work: Raising Awareness About Intimate Partner Abuse in the Workplace

Dovie Yoana King is an adjunct professor at Miramar College and a Contributing Labor Writer to Law@theMargins. She is also an experienced public interest lawyer, victim’s rights advocate and survivor. Dovie regularly volunteers at a domestic violence restraining order clinic. She is a member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For those of us who regularly work to empower victims and survivors, and hold…

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#NoDAPL: Fund Native American Organizing

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies have been locked in a legal and on-the-ground battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being constructed through sacred, historical cultural sites without consultation. The DAPL also puts the Tribe’s only water source in jeopardy. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to…

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Media Trials Undermine the Presumption of Innocence: Gulshan Attack in Bangladesh

Nabil Ahsan is a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is an Associate at AF Hassan Ariff & Associates. His area of expertise is constitutional law. ‘Presumed innocent until proven guilty’ is a cardinal principle of most legal systems across the world including Bangladesh. Intertwined with the concept of presumed innocence is the concept of burden of proof. In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable…

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