Malcolm’s Global Legacy: Prescient Insight on the “War on Terror”

The death of Malcolm X coincidentally falls on the same day of the Language Movement in Bangladesh, where Bangladeshis fought against the imposition of Urdu as a national language by Pakistan. What does the convergence of these historical facts reveal to me as a first-generation Bangladeshi based in the United States? Actually, a number of helpful lessons in understanding the nuances of social justice movements and their relationship to faith, and their dynamism and conflicting and mutually constitutive functions.

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Perspectives: Legalizing Discrimination: Rising Tide of Islamophobia

“It has been weeks since the killings of the Charlie Hedbo journalists in France. It was a horrific act of violence, and no words can describe the sheer absurdity of the event and surreal feeling it spread among people. It is a shame that the aftermath of the events became more gruesome and utterly insane for any civilized society. There were renewed calls for all Muslims to take responsibility, revival of the clash of civilization debates and anti-Muslim activities soared in France. This was in addition to the already existing pseudo scholarship available on the web explaining the true violent nature of Islam. I sat shocked and hurt all over again perhaps finding myself again in a state of defending my faith.”

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Bronx Defenders Video Controversy Reveals Limitation of the Non-Profit Legal Services Model

The Bronx Defenders, a legal services provider for indigent clients, found itself in a high-profile  controversy over participation of two of its public defenders in a rap video. Bronx Defenders formed in 1997 with a message of holistic lawyering, departing from the then traditional model of legal services that restricted legal assistance to the issue the client sought without looking at the circumstances that initially brought the client in contact with the…

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2014 Justice in Review

On December 17, 2014, Law@theMargins Editor Ms. Chaumtoli Huq hosted a Facebook chat with several contributors to the blog on looking back at 2014 and reviewing the year’s events through a social justice lens.  You can read the full chat on the event page. Contributors included: Maurice Pianko, Founder of Intern Justice; Rocio Alejandra Avila, formerly Senior Fellow, Women Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University; Sharmin Sadequee, Organizer on Criminal Justice…

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Perspectives: Human Rights: By Any Means Necessary

“I am frustrated with the legal system,” writes Ahmad Abuznaid of the Dream Defenders. “Our communities are frustrated with the system. It has been a frustration that has spanned centuries; we have seen and utilized many different tactics and forms of resistance from boycotts, to marching, violence, and even direct negotiations with our oppressors. We also have sought support from the United Nations in an effort to hold the United States accountable via different treaties it has signed internationally. What have we accomplished through these efforts?”

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LISTEN: Labor Leaders Discuss Indonesian Protocol on Freedom of Association

“Truly, our boss is multinational companies” – Elly Rosita “We want all unions from production countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to adopt the protocol” – Emelia Yanti   “Women workers should fight for themselves. We can’t depend on outsiders. This is my message for youth and other women.” – Emelia Yanti In 2011, several unions in Indonesia and sportswear brands including Adidas, Nike and Puma signed a protocol to ensure…

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Perspectives: A Call for Unity and Solidarity within the Immigrant Rights Movement

By Victor Narro President Obama’s recent announcement of temporary relief from deportation for an estimated four million undocumented immigrants was a milestone accomplishment for the immigrant rights movement. It was the most sweeping change to this country’s immigration policy since the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. While immigrant rights advocates need to rejoice about this victory, we must also reflect on how it came with a tremendous cost….

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