Imagining Solidarity in the Housing and Labor Movements

April 19, 2018

By Shahana Hanif, Associate Editor On Thursday March 29th at the CUNY Graduate Center, Law at the Margins Editor Chaumtoli Huq joined housing advocates Marina Ortiz, Susanna Blankley, Julian Brave Noisecat, and Sam Stein in The Struggle for Housing, a timely panel discussion connecting labor and housing movements in NYC. This conversation is a part of the “Toward a Just Contract” series, organized by the CUNY Adjunct Project, a network…


Threats and Resistance: Tactics to Digital Freedom

April 2, 2018

Law@theMargins Associate Editor Shahana Hanif attended the annual Internet Freedom Festival: Joining Forces to Fight Censorship and Surveillance in Valencia, Spain where she spent a week in panel discussions and workshops with digital rights defenders, technologists, community organizers, and others from over 130 countries working to combat online threats to human rights and freedom of expression and create an inclusive, safe, and feminist internet experience. The Internet Freedom community is…


Remembering Women in Rohingya Genocide

March 1, 2018

The Rohingya people are an ethnic, indigenous minority from the Rakhine State in Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia, formerly known as Burma. Following the end of British Rule in 1948 and a military takeover, a heightened Burmese nationalism was cultivated parallel to the ostracization of the Rohingya identity because of their darker skin color and religious practices. The Rohingya, in addition to the Karen and Kachin people, among other…


Janus: Potential Setback To Unions But Not A Defeat to Labor Organizing

February 28, 2018

There isn’t enough money to organize poor people. There never is enough money to organize anyone. If you put it on the basis of money you’re not going to succeed.  So when we started organizing our union, we knew it had to depend on something other than money.” Cesar Chavez, On Organizing and Money (1971) Janus v. AFSCME is about money.  Money that Mark Janus, a child-support specialist in the…


Three Lessons Learned for Activism

February 10, 2018

Law at the Margins Associate Editor Shahana Hanif attended a four-session, 100-minute speed course led by NYU professors Daniel Altschuler, Reverend Noelle Damico, Jamila Brown, and Linda Lausell-Bryant on the how to of effective activism, including the skills needed in nonviolent organizing, advocacy, and direct actions. Here are three lessons learned that will support your participation in resistance movements as we fight to protect our neighbors and envision better futures….


A Year in Review: We Keep Resisting

February 2, 2018

It has been a year since the presidential election set the record straight, if there was any doubt, that anti-immigrant, anti-Black, and Islamophobic sentiments are being embraced in order to return to a “better America.” Moreover, we witnessed targeted, aggressive and cruel immigration policies by the Trump administration. Despite this hostile political climate, immigrant communities and allies across the United States continued to organize and mobilize through effective direct actions…


Reflections on Transformative Immigrant Defense

September 11, 2017

Below are brief remarks I gave at a conference hosted by CUNY Law Review on Transformative Immigrant Defense in March 2017.   I post here with some minor edits to offer some reflections on immigrant organizing and the need to support leadership from those most impacted.   I am thrilled to be here today with an  intention of gathering our wisdom around law and organizing with a particular emphasis on immigrant…


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…


#FaithJustice: Embodied Solidarity In Proximity to the Five Ps

January 16, 2017

It is a New Year and for many of us 2016 was somewhat of an unpleasant year. Instead of seeing a decrease in police violence against communities of color we have seen a continuation. We have lived through a rancorous political process that not only took an emotional strain on us but netted us a president who political pundits fear has placed our nation in peril. Furthermore, our political process…


#Dilley Dispatches: Learning to Fly

December 28, 2016

Ernie Collette is a Government Benefits and Immigration Attorney at MFY Legal Services. Dilley is half-way between San Antonio and the border at Laredo, Texas.  Transportation for detainees only goes so far as transportation into and out of the center. Apparently inspired by the rugged individualism of the United States in the early 20th Century, the detention center does enough to ensure that families arrive to the San Antonio airport…