Imagining Solidarity in the Housing and Labor Movements

By Shahana Hanif, Associate Editor On Thursday March 29th at the CUNY Graduate Center, Law at the Margins Editor Chaumtoli Huq joined housing advocates Marina Ortiz, Susanna Blankley, Julian Brave Noisecat, and Sam Stein in The Struggle for Housing, a timely panel discussion connecting labor and housing movements in NYC. This conversation is a part of the “Toward a Just Contract” series, organized by the CUNY Adjunct Project, a network…

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Hope Is a Powerful Thing

CBNR contributor Kathy Carlin writes that when you have a daughter incarcerated, your life changes drastically, your faith in humanity diminishes, and your hope for a brighter future dims. Every day, you have to rise above what wants to drag you down—for your daughter’s sake, for your sake and for the sake of your family.

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In Search of Untold Stories—and Transformative Change

Stories don’t just capture the public’s imagination. They inspire people to act. They force institutions to change. As journalists and lawyers, we see far too often how the policies that impact people’s lives often rest on the stories that decision makers know and prioritize. Knowing these truths, we have launched a platform for underrepresented communities. Our Community Based News Room (CBNR) amplifies the stories of those whose voices often are tuned out and gives ordinary people the advocacy and storytelling tools they need to be in full control of the narratives that shape their lives.

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Threats and Resistance: Tactics to Digital Freedom

Law@theMargins Associate Editor Shahana Hanif attended the annual Internet Freedom Festival: Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance in Valencia, Spain where she spent a week in panel discussions and workshops with digital rights defenders, technologists, community organizers, and others from over 130 countries working to combat online threats to human rights and freedom of expression and create an inclusive, safe, and feminist internet experience. The Internet Freedom community is…

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Domestic Violence and the Battle to Control a Woman’s Economic Power

Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects millions of Americans each year and involves physical violence, psychological abuse, sexual violence and verbal abuse, among other forms of abuse. At its core, domestic violence is a battle for power and control. Specifically, it is a pattern of behaviors used by one person to maintain power and control over another person in an intimate partner relationship. While domestic violence knows no…

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Animating the Right to Organize (VIDEO)

Special thanks to Kabita Parajuli for a summary and transcription of our 2016 Right to Organize webinar. The legal right to organize is under attack. When workers try to exercise their right, they are faced with threats, intimidation, harassment, captive audience meetings and firings . Employers spend untold dollars on “union avoidance” consultants, exploiting a loophole in the law that would require them to disclose the amount of money they spend…

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Remembering Women in Rohingya Genocide

The Rohingya people are an ethnic, indigenous minority from the Rakhine State in Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia, formerly known as Burma. Following the end of British Rule in 1948 and a military takeover, a heightened Burmese nationalism was cultivated parallel to the ostracization of the Rohingya identity because of their darker skin color and religious practices. The Rohingya, in addition to the Karen and Kachin people, among other…

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Janus: Potential Setback To Unions But Not A Defeat to Labor Organizing

There isn’t enough money to organize poor people. There never is enough money to organize anyone. If you put it on the basis of money you’re not going to succeed.  So when we started organizing our union, we knew it had to depend on something other than money.” Cesar Chavez, On Organizing and Money (1971) Janus v. AFSCME is about money.  Money that Mark Janus, a child-support specialist in the…

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Three Lessons Learned for Activism

Law at the Margins Associate Editor Shahana Hanif attended a four-session, 100-minute speed course led by NYU professors Daniel Altschuler, Reverend Noelle Damico, Jamila Brown, and Linda Lausell-Bryant on the how to of effective activism, including the skills needed in nonviolent organizing, advocacy, and direct actions. Here are three lessons learned that will support your participation in resistance movements as we fight to protect our neighbors and envision better futures….

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A Year in Review: We Keep Resisting

It has been a year since the presidential election set the record straight, if there was any doubt, that anti-immigrant, anti-Black, and Islamophobic sentiments are being embraced in order to return to a “better America.” Moreover, we witnessed targeted, aggressive and cruel immigration policies by the Trump administration. Despite this hostile political climate, immigrant communities and allies across the United States continued to organize and mobilize through effective direct actions…

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