Real Talk to Movement Lawyers from a Community Organizer

S o you want to be a movement lawyer? That’s AWESOME! Congrats on dedicating your life to serving … serving… marginalized people. That’s why you’re signing up, right? It’s so critically important that this be a foundational principle of why you want to do this work.  Not for celebrity, not for the money, but to be on the just side of history—to do your part toward the liberation of all…


The Saint and the Sultan: Compassion and Courage in Social Justice Work

By Shukry Cattan and Victor Narro Shukry has spent ten years working in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector, providing direct services to refugees and building a strong Arab-American community. He has spent time in the Middle East assisting Palestinian refugee youth and is involved in interfaith dialogues between Muslims and Jews. Victor is the Project Director for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, and a lecturer at UCLA Law…

The Secret History of South Asian and African American History

I’ll Celebrate When We Commemorate the Real Martin Luther King Jr

Note: The visuals are from The Secret History of South Asian and African American Solidarity (blackdesisecrethistory.org) curated by Aniravan Chatterjee. Attn: middle class, non-Black folks. We have lost our right to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. You heard me right. I’m formally disinviting us from this party. In “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, Dr. King wrote, “You deplore the demonstrations that are presently taking place in Birmingham. But I am sorry…


Perspectives: Why We Need Bhashani Now?

 By Farhad Mazhar, a Bangladeshi writer, columnist, poet, social and human rights activist, and environmentalist. In these dark times of the “War on Terror”, drone killings, collateral damages and bloody events such as the recent massacres in Lebanon, Baghdad and Paris, remembering a communist Moulana, the peasant leader from Bangladesh challenges our conventional narrative of cut and dry political ideologies into left and right, nationalists and internationalists, secular and Islamic. Abdul…