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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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Perspectives: Corporate Social Responsibility and Disposable Labor

Nikodemus Solitander is a postdoctoral researcher in Supply chain management and social responsibility at Hanken School of Economics, Finland. He can be contacted at nsolitander@gmail.com and followed on Twitter @CSR_FPtP       Not so long ago, the CEO of an international corporation (well-known for its Corporate Social Responsibility-programs and present in all of the ethical indexes and rankings) said during a well-attended meeting with the media that it will…

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Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Dakxin Chhara on Nomadic Tribes in India

Photo credit. Birth1871 documentary. Editor of Law@theMargins Chaumtoli Huq sits down and talks with documentary filmmaker and Director of Budhan Theater Dakxin Chhara on his film Birth 1871 on the history of denotified tribes (DNT) in India.  “Do you think 60 million people are born criminals?” he asks.  Of course, our answer is no because to say otherwise would go against our sense of fairness and human rights. Dakxin is…

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