Laborers and Organizers: Remember James Connolly & the Struggle for an Irish Workers’ Republic

May 11, 2017

By Val Merlina, J.D. | University of Pittsburgh School of Law ’17 101 years ago, James Connolly was executed for taking part in the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin, Ireland.  An armed rebellion seeking to decolonize Ireland, the Rising helped start the Irish struggle for the end of British social, political, and economic control on the island.  The rebellion brought together linguists, educators, socialists, women, the working poor, and concerned…

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Fidel y Cuba: Complexities of a Revolution and A Revolutionary

November 26, 2016

By Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, a civil and human rights lawyer, and President of the National Lawyer’s Guild, the nation’s oldest progressive bar association. To criticize Fidel Castro or celebrate his death without recognizing that here are also millions who mourn him is to underestimate and misunderstand his legacy, not only to Cuba but for the world. It is to ignore the complexities of the Cuban reality and revolution, which…

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Learning to Walk Behind Bars: The Treatment of Accompanied Children in Detention

November 15, 2016

Claire R. Thomas is an attorney and adjunct professor interested in migration, statelessness, human rights, and empowerment for women and girls facing poverty and gender-based violence. Based in New York City, Thomas advocates for immigrant children facing deportation from the United States as an attorney with the Safe Passage Project and teaches at New York Law School. Over the past 30 years, immigration detention in the United States has expanded…

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VIDEO: Tea Workers Protest Creation of Economic Zone Over Their Cultivated Land

November 5, 2016

Tea workers from Chandpore Tea Estate share about their protest to stop the creation of a special economic zone over land they have cultivated for years to supplement their meager salary from tea plucking.  Listen to them talk about their struggle that began in December 2015.  While the government has halted on the plan to have a economic zone, after months of protest, there is still not guarantee that they…

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Freedom of Speech: It’s All About Race: Oregon Standoff and No DAPL

October 31, 2016

By Dayna Jones & Val Merlina, Law Interns & Editorial Team with Law@theMargins All oppression is connected, but the glaring blindness of white privilege stands in the way of this critical recognition. As movements across America, from Standing Rock to Don’t Shoot PDX and the Driscoll Farmworker Boycott, engage in the struggle against corporate and governmental entities to realize their human rights, the discrepancy between treatment of peoples cannot be ignored….

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#NoDAPL: Fund Native American Organizing

October 9, 2016

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies have been locked in a legal and on-the-ground battle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from being constructed through sacred, historical cultural sites without consultation. The DAPL also puts the Tribe’s only water source in jeopardy. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is a 1,168-mile long crude oil pipeline that will transport nearly 570,000 barrels of oil each day from North Dakota to…

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Media Trials Undermine the Presumption of Innocence: Gulshan Attack in Bangladesh

August 8, 2016

Nabil Ahsan is a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is an Associate at AF Hassan Ariff & Associates. His area of expertise is constitutional law. ‘Presumed innocent until proven guilty’ is a cardinal principle of most legal systems across the world including Bangladesh. Intertwined with the concept of presumed innocence is the concept of burden of proof. In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable…

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VIDEO: Native Americans Leading on Environmental Justice

May 22, 2016

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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Justice for Teaworkers: My Motherland Can’t Be Grabbed

February 21, 2016

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…

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