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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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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Naree Shongothok: Bangladeshi Women Organizing for Social Change

April 21, 2016

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…

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Lessons Learned from Angela Davis’ Book: Freedom is A Constant Struggle

April 7, 2016

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…

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Lessons Learned from California’s Paid Leave Law

March 4, 2016

There has never been a better time to push for a national policy on paid leave. But as we raise our collective voices for paid leave, what are the lessons we can share from California? How can we create a policy that is equitable and really works for all US workers – young, low income, men and women of color, and new immigrants?

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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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Real Talk to Movement Lawyers from a Community Organizer

January 28, 2016

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…

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VIDEO: B&H Workers Fight for Fair Contract and Urges All Workers To Organize

November 24, 2015

B&H Warehouse Workers organize to form a union and for a fair contract. Listen to them as they encourage all workers to organize at their workplace. “It is not right how we are being treated. We are not heard. We are not valued as people. We are fighting for a better future for ourselves, our families, for the entire community.” Armando “We want to organize to establish a union that…

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