The Saint and the Sultan: Compassion and Courage in Social Justice Work

January 24, 2016

By Shukry Cattan and Victor Narro Shukry has spent ten years working in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector, providing direct services to refugees and building a strong Arab-American community. He has spent time in the Middle East assisting Palestinian refugee youth and is involved in interfaith dialogues between Muslims and Jews. Victor is the Project Director for the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education, and a lecturer at UCLA Law…

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I’ll Celebrate When We Commemorate the Real Martin Luther King Jr

January 14, 2016

Note: The visuals are from The Secret History of South Asian and African American Solidarity (blackdesisecrethistory.org) curated by Aniravan Chatterjee. Attn: middle class, non-Black folks. We have lost our right to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. You heard me right. I’m formally disinviting us from this party. In “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, Dr. King wrote, “You deplore the demonstrations that are presently taking place in Birmingham. But I am sorry…

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Perspectives: Why We Need Bhashani Now?

December 11, 2015

 By Farhad Mazhar, a Bangladeshi writer, columnist, poet, social and human rights activist, and environmentalist. In these dark times of the “War on Terror”, drone killings, collateral damages and bloody events such as the recent massacres in Lebanon, Baghdad and Paris, remembering a communist Moulana, the peasant leader from Bangladesh challenges our conventional narrative of cut and dry political ideologies into left and right, nationalists and internationalists, secular and Islamic. Abdul…

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Perspectives: Free and Equal: A Rights-Based Response to Labor Exploitation

December 10, 2015

Despite legal advances, modern forms of slavery, unfree or forced labor, and servitude persist today, fueled by inequality and weak rights protection. Recent responses that have emphasized transparency in global supply chains assist in identifying risk and building company awareness, but must also be must be underpinned by strong rights-based response in order to be effective.

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Perspective: Advocating for the Rights of Indigenous Women

November 16, 2015

Depending on the country and context, indigenous peoples are referred to with various terms, including tribal, natives, national minorities, and aboriginals. According to the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 107, these groups were referred as “temporary societies” in reference to the belief that these groups were under threat of extinction due to modernisation.  Convention No. 107 was ratified by 27 countries including Bangladesh, of which I am a citizen. During…

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Perspectives: Reflections on Islam, Spirituality and Justice

October 12, 2015

By Margari Hill, a Founder and Programming Director of Muslim ARC. She can be found on twitter @margari_aziza I embraced Islam in the 90s, a period of Black consciouness in Hip Hop, with artists who popularized Islam like Rakim, Brand Nubian, and Poor Righteous Teachers from my home town Trenton New Jersey. Guru from Gang Starr dropped the line, “I was raised like a Muslim, praying to the East …” I…

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