SALT/LatCrit Statement: Speaking Out Against Racial Violence

July 12, 2016 As legal educators, we express our condolences to family members and others grieving the loss of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Alva Braziel, the officers killed in Dallas—Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa—and all of those who have suffered unequal treatment and violence in the criminal justice system.  It is apparent that, when it comes to policing, there are at least two realities:  one…

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VIDEO: Native Americans Leading on Environmental Justice

Some selected quotes from the webinar. Dallas Goldtooth: “[W]e know that indigenous peoples tend to be on the forefront of climate change- not just on the receiving end of sea level rising or loss of traditional habitat or impacts to what animals are still around, but we also tend to be on the front lines of extraction, so we wanted to be sure that we are there in that conversation,…

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Naree Shongothok: Bangladeshi Women Organizing for Social Change

Law@theMargins Editor Chaumtoli Huq sat down with five (5) community organizers of Bangladeshi descent to speak about the issues confronting the New York/New Jersey Bangladeshi community, the role of women, and the ways in which we can build women’s leadership and an inclusive movement. This interview is part of an on going video project to lift up the issues of women, especially working class women, who are organizing for social…


Lessons Learned from Angela Davis’ Book: Freedom is A Constant Struggle

By Fazeela Siddiqui, currently a Staff Attorney at a large non-profit legal service organization in New York City. For those who stand up to the ills of today and seek language to connect and grow interrelated mass movements, look no further than Angela Davis’ new book, “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, And the Foundations of a Movement”, published by Haymarket Books. The book, a collection of essays and…


Beyond Bloggers: Suppression of Dissent in Bangladesh

By Chaumtoli Huq, Editor of Law@theMargins When we speak about freedom of speech or dissent in Bangladesh, invariably and understandably the conversation turns to bloggers whose murders were claimed by Islamic group Ansarullah Bangla Team.   In 2015, four bloggers were killed including Avjit Roy a year ago on February 26 while walking outside Dhaka University. Since then, Washiqur Rahman Babu, Ananta Bijoy Das, and Niloy Chatterjee were also killed. These…


Justice for Teaworkers: My Motherland Can’t Be Grabbed

Son of tea workers, Mohan Rabidas is one of the organizers of Chandpur Begumkhan Tea Garden. He a Community Justice Fellow with Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)  There are 1.5 million tea workers living in Bangladesh for 180 years. Inspite of that, they don’t have a right to their land. To speak candidly, they are alien in their own country. Tea workers work from dawn to dusk for only…