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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Perspectives: Practicing What We Preach: Tools For Employing Spirituality and Mindfulness in Our Social Justice Work

September 20, 2015

We have tremendous victories to celebrate. Recently, the City of Los Angeles joined other cities throughout the country by enacting a $15 minimum wage and an innovative wage theft enforcement policy that will become a model for the country. Los Angeles County followed soon thereafter when the Board of Supervisors voted to approve a $15 minimum wage for the unincorporated areas in the county. There were similar victories throughout the…

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Perspectives: The Social Justice Law School Experience: Service Learning at the Karnes Detention Camp

July 6, 2015

By Johan Fatemi, Clinical Instructor and Teaching Fellow at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law In her excellent Law at the Margins post, Traci Yoder of the National Lawyers’ Guild recently asked: “Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?” Having recently accompanied a group of University of the District of Columbia David A Clarke School of Law student-attorneys on an experiential learning trip to the Karnes County family…

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Perspectives: Is a Social Justice Law School Experience Possible?

June 9, 2015

By Traci Yoder, the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Director of Education and Research.   “The first thing I lost in law school was the reason that I came.” –Anonymous law student   This quote comes from an essay by Loyola law professor and former National Lawyers Guild President William Quigley in which he describes the difficulties that social justice-oriented students experience when they begin their legal education.  Many law students can…

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VIDEO: Bangladesh Trade Union Center General Secretary Discusses Global Labor Solidarity

April 30, 2015

On the occasion of May Day, I am sharing a clip from an interview with Dr. Wajidul Islam, General Secretary of the Bangladesh Trade Union Center where he discusses the importance of global labor solidarity.  He encourages all trade unions from all countries to come together and fight for workers rights.  Solidarity helps local unions strengthen their own labor movement and it helps strengthen the capacity of unions to work around…

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Perspectives: Stand with Nan-Hui: Intimate Violence, Systemic Violence, and Community Accountability

April 28, 2015

By Hyejin Shim,  a core organizer of the Stand With Nan-Hui campaign, based in the Bay Area, and Soniya Munshi, a member of the INCITE! National Collective and a professor of Sociology and Asian American History at the CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College based in New York City. Nan-Hui is an undocumented Korean survivor of domestic violence. Her former partner and father of her child is an Iraq War veteran who…

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