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Perspectives: Funding Future Labor Activists and Why it Matters

Dovie Yoana King is a founding law partner at Ochoa│King, a boutique union-side labor and employment law firm dedicated to advancing, supporting and defending the rights of labor unions and their members.       We are at a cross roads in the labor movement—membership in unions is declining, but unions and collective worker power are needed more than ever to address record income inequality and unfair, arbitrary treatment of…

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State and the Legal System Fails Bangladesh Workers Time and Time Again

In August of 2014, when I arrived in Dhaka, robust mobilization was underway by garment factory workers of Tuba Group.  Delwar Hossain, the owner of Tuba Group was the same owner of Tazreen Fashions where a fire resulted in the death of at least 112 workers in November 2012. At that time, I met with and interviewed workers on their struggle for wages due which I wrote about in an…

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Worker to Worker Dialogues: Building Grassroots Global Labor Solidarity Networks

In an earlier post, Crushing Greed: Building Transnational Labor Solidarity, I suggest that we are at a key political and organizing moment so as to create a grassroots based transnational global solidarity network that is based on worker to worker links.  I write: The growth of social justice organizations in the South Asian immigrant community coupled with the renewed labor movement provides the grassroots infrastructure and capacity for immigrant workers in the…

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Perspectives: The Social Justice Law School Experience: Service Learning at the Karnes Detention Camp

By Johan Fatemi, Clinical Instructor and Teaching Fellow at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law In her excellent Law at the Margins post, Traci Yoder of the National Lawyers’ Guild recently asked: “Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?” Having recently accompanied a group of University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law student-attorneys on an experiential learning trip to the Karnes County family…


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…


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…