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State and the Legal System Fails Bangladesh Workers Time and Time Again

In August of 2014, when I arrived in Dhaka, robust mobilization was underway by garment factory workers of Tuba Group.  Delwar Hossain, the owner of Tuba Group was the same owner of Tazreen Fashions where a fire resulted in the death of at least 112 workers in November 2012. At that time, I met with and interviewed workers on their struggle for wages due which I wrote about in an…

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VIDEO: Worker to Worker Dialogues: Building Grassroots Global Labor Solidarity Networks

      By Chaumtoli Huq, Editor of Law@theMargins   In an earlier post, Crushing Greed: Building Transnational Labor Solidarity, I suggest that we are at a key political and organizing moment so as to create a grassroots based transnational global solidarity network that is based on worker to worker links.  I write: The growth of social justice organizations in the South Asian immigrant community coupled with the renewed labor movement provides…

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Perspectives: The Social Justice Law School Experience: Service Learning at the Karnes Detention Camp

By Johan Fatemi, Clinical Instructor and Teaching Fellow at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law In her excellent Law at the Margins post, Traci Yoder of the National Lawyers’ Guild recently asked: “Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?” Having recently accompanied a group of University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law student-attorneys on an experiential learning trip to the Karnes County family…


Perspectives: Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?

By Traci Yoder, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Director of Education and Research.   “The first thing I lost in law school was the reason that I came.” –Anonymous law student   This quote comes from an essay by Loyola law professor and former National Lawyers Guild President William Quigley in which he describes the difficulties that social justice-oriented students experience when they begin their legal education.  Many law students can…


Bangladeshi Street Vendors Unite Against Threatened Evictions

        By Chaumtoli Huq, Editor of Law@theMargins With the dearth of jobs in Bangladesh which is propelling so many to take life threatening voyages by sea in search of work, and falling prey to abuse by human traffickers, why would the newly elected Mayor of the Dhaka City South Corporation threaten to uproot thousands of street vendors who earn a living by selling clothes made by local garment…

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Reflecting on Gherao as a Movement Building Tactic

“Gherao is the expression of the popular movement. When we talk about gherao, we talk about people’s power. When we talk about gherao, we talk about the empowerment of workers and the marginalized section of our society and students who want a better future for them and the polity.   That is why it is important to study the gherao movement.”   “Law is not independent.  Law is the reflection of…


VIDEO: Bangladesh Trade Union Center General Secretary Discusses Global Labor Solidarity

On the occasion of May Day, I am sharing a clip from an interview with Dr. Wajidul Islam, General Secretary of the Bangladesh Trade Union Center where he discusses the importance of global labor solidarity.  He encourages all trade unions from all countries to come together and fight for workers rights.  Solidarity helps local unions strengthen their own labor movement and it helps strengthen the capacity of unions to work around…


Perspectives: Stand with Nan-Hui: Intimate Violence, Systemic Violence, and Community Accountability

By Hyejin Shim,  a core organizer of the Stand With Nan-Hui campaign, based in the Bay Area, and Soniya Munshi, a member of the INCITE! National Collective and a professor of Sociology and Asian American History at the CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College based in New York City. Nan-Hui is an undocumented Korean survivor of domestic violence. Her former partner and father of her child is an Iraq War veteran who…


Rana Plaza: Mourning and Meaning

  Leading up to the second anniversary of Rana Plaza factory building collapse, I was thinking of what to write.  Each time, I sat down to pen something I was reminded of the immense, heart wrenching pain of workers and their families.   My mind failed me, and all I could do was to sit with the pain, to feel the intensity, the truth of which I would never know….