Malcolm’s Global Legacy: Prescient Insight on the “War on Terror”

The death of Malcolm X coincidentally falls on the same day of the Language Movement in Bangladesh, where Bangladeshis fought against the imposition of Urdu as a national language by Pakistan. What does the convergence of these historical facts reveal to me as a first-generation Bangladeshi based in the United States? Actually, a number of helpful lessons in understanding the nuances of social justice movements and their relationship to faith, and their dynamism and conflicting and mutually constitutive functions.

February 21, 2015

Perspectives: Legalizing Discrimination: Rising Tide of Islamophobia

“It has been weeks since the killings of the Charlie Hedbo journalists in France. It was a horrific act of violence, and no words can describe the sheer absurdity of the event and surreal feeling it spread among people. It is a shame that the aftermath of the events became more gruesome and utterly insane for any civilized society. There were renewed calls for all Muslims to take responsibility, revival of the clash of civilization debates and anti-Muslim activities soared in France. This was in addition to the already existing pseudo scholarship available on the web explaining the true violent nature of Islam. I sat shocked and hurt all over again perhaps finding myself again in a state of defending my faith.”

February 10, 2015

2014 Justice in Review

On December 17, 2014, Law@theMargins Editor Ms. Chaumtoli Huq hosted a Facebook chat with several contributors to the blog on looking back at 2014 and reviewing the year’s events through a social justice lens.  You can read the full chat on the event page. Contributors included: Maurice Pianko, Founder of Intern Justice; Rocio Alejandra Avila, formerly Senior Fellow, Women Employment Rights Clinic of Golden Gate University; Sharmin Sadequee, Organizer on Criminal Justice…

January 9, 2015

Perspectives: Human Rights: By Any Means Necessary

“I am frustrated with the legal system,” writes Ahmad Abuznaid of the Dream Defenders. “Our communities are frustrated with the system. It has been a frustration that has spanned centuries; we have seen and utilized many different tactics and forms of resistance from boycotts, to marching, violence, and even direct negotiations with our oppressors. We also have sought support from the United Nations in an effort to hold the United States accountable via different treaties it has signed internationally. What have we accomplished through these efforts?”

December 10, 2014

LISTEN: Labor Leaders Discuss Indonesian Protocol on Freedom of Association

“Truly, our boss is multinational companies” – Elly Rosita “We want all unions from production countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to adopt the protocol” – Emelia Yanti   “Women workers should fight for themselves. We can’t depend on outsiders. This is my message for youth and other women.” – Emelia Yanti In 2011, several unions in Indonesia and sportswear brands including Adidas, Nike and Puma signed a protocol to ensure…

December 9, 2014

Perspectives: Palestinian Solidarity: Transitioning Resistance to Empowerment

By Shukry Cattan 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. After 50 days of war in the Gaza Strip, the violence temporarily has been halted, but the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis…

September 28, 2014

Perspectives: Extending the Rule of Law to Industrial Interns in China

By Earl V. Brown, Jr. and Kyle A. deCant Earl V. Brown, Jr. is the Labor and Employment Law Counsel at the AFL-CIO Solidarity Center, past Co-Chair of the ABA Labor Law Section’s Committee on International Labor and Employment Law, and a Fellow of the American College of Labor and Employment Law.   Kyle deCant is an associate (bar admission pending) at Guerrieri, Clayman, Bartos & Parcelli, P.C., a union-side law…

August 27, 2014

#LaborDispatches from Bangladesh

By Chaumtoli Huq Last year, on June 27, 2013, I visited the site of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, two months after the death of over 1,100 workers.  A mother stood looking at the site, mourning the death of her daughter who worked in the garment factory. Fixated on the debris, that had not yet been fully cleared, and by then covered by rainwater, she feared that…

August 16, 2014

Perspectives: Shifa, from Prayers to Plexiglass

By S. Sadequee My family’s connection with my brother dates back to the time when my parents, grandmother, two siblings and I were stationed among the masses of people dressed in two-piece seamless white linen. We were meditating in the Arabian desert of Arafat under the scorching heat at the holy pilgrimage in 1985. We joined thousands of pilgrims sweltering in the blazing sand under white tents thirsty for cool…

April 5, 2014