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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…


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…