VIDEO: Tea Workers Protest Creation of Economic Zone Over Their Cultivated Land

Tea workers from Chandpore Tea Estate share about their protest to stop the creation of a special economic zone over land they have cultivated for years to supplement their meager salary from tea plucking.  Listen to them talk about their struggle that began in December 2015.  While the government has halted on the plan to have a economic zone, after months of protest, there is still not guarantee that they…

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Freedom of Speech: It’s All About Race: Oregon Standoff and No DAPL

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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Ending the Hurt at Work: Raising Awareness About Intimate Partner Abuse in the Workplace

Dovie Yoana King is an adjunct professor at Miramar College and a Contributing Labor Writer to Law@theMargins. She is also an experienced public interest lawyer, victim’s rights advocate and survivor. Dovie regularly volunteers at a domestic violence restraining order clinic. She is a member of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For those of us who regularly work to empower victims and survivors, and hold…

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#NoDAPL: Fund Native American Organizing

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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Media Trials Undermine the Presumption of Innocence: Gulshan Attack in Bangladesh

Nabil Ahsan is a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and is an Associate at AF Hassan Ariff & Associates. His area of expertise is constitutional law. ‘Presumed innocent until proven guilty’ is a cardinal principle of most legal systems across the world including Bangladesh. Intertwined with the concept of presumed innocence is the concept of burden of proof. In criminal cases, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable…

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SALT/LatCrit Statement: Speaking Out Against Racial Violence

July 12, 2016 As legal educators, we express our condolences to family members and others grieving the loss of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Alva Braziel, the officers killed in Dallas—Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa—and all of those who have suffered unequal treatment and violence in the criminal justice system.  It is apparent that, when it comes to policing, there are at least two realities:  one…

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