Bangladesh Garment Workers Speak

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013
6:00 -7:30pm

Boston University
College of Arts and Sciences
Room B36
725 Commonwealth Ave


On November 24, 2012, 112 workers died in a horrific fire at Tazreen Fashions, a Walmart, Sears and Disney supplier in Bangladesh.
Join us for a discussion about what happened and what can be done. Hear from Sumi Abedin, a garment worker who survived the fire,
Kalpona Akter, director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, and Liana oxvog, director of SweatFree Communities at the International Labor Rights Forum.


Bitter Seeds
a documentary on GM seeds and farmers' suicides in India

Room 4-163 MIT
77 Mass. Ave Cambridge MA

Thursday April 18 2013

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Jai Bhim, Comrade - March 02 2013


South Asian Women Resist - February 27 2031

Vigil for Garments Workers - Dec 1 2012



Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia


Corruption and Capitalism in Bangladesh and Pakistan

A talk by

Professors Anu Mohammad


Rakhshanda Saleem

Saturday 2pm - Oct 6th 2012

Room 4-237


77 Mass Ave, Cambridge

The fire that claimed the lives of 300 garment workers in Karachi, Pakistan this September is not an anomaly but the inevitable consequence faced by workers with near non-existent negotiation powers in Bangladesh and Pakistan.  Professors Muhammad and Saleem will discuss the corruption in the nexus of state and global capital - from garments industry to open-pit coal mining and offshore oil exploration.

 Professor Anu Muhammad is a professor of economics in Dhaka, Bangladesh and is one of the leading activists to expose and organize against the machinations of predatory capitalism in Bangladesh, including against open pit coal mining on rich agricultural land by a foreign company.  Professor Rakhshanda Saleem, a neuro-psychologist and professor at Lesley University has been a long standing member of The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia in Cambridge, MA.

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Panel discussion on

India's River Linking Project (IRLP)

May 6, 2012



Forest Notes on the Maoists

Professor Alpa Shah

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Time: 4:00PM

Room: MIT 3-133

Bio: Alpa Shah is a social anthropologist at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is interested in inequality and efforts to address it. She has drawn on more than a decade of field research in India to explore how marginalised people experience indigenous rights activism and Adivasi politics; poverty, the developmental state and corruption; seasonal casual labour migration and transformations in the agrarian economy; the state, education and positive action policies; and the radical left and emancipatory politics, notably the Maoist movement. She is the author of In the Shadows of the State: Indigenous Politics, Environmentalism and Insurgency in Jharkhand, India. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2010.


Recorded past events


Gujrat Massacre - Marking 10 years

March 11 4PM, 2012

Room 4-231, MIT

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Development flows from the Barrel of a GUN 

A documentary on the human cost of India's development
Sat. Feb. 11  3 pm
MIT -  Bldg. 4 | Rm 149   
77 Mass Ave, Cambridge

Followed by QnA and Discussion

Prof. Deepankar Basu
Dept. of Economics
UMass Amherst

Refreshments provided

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About: The film documents the displacement of Indigenous People by Indian development policies. It shows the struggle of indigenous people in preserving their Land on which development projects have been sited. First person accounts detail stories of organized opposition to these policies and state brutalization of protest. The result is a compelling, dramatic, and very moving presentation of an important contemporary story of indigenous and local people's lives. 

Co-Sponsored by:
Alliance for a Democratic and Secular South Asia
The Association for India's Development
South Asian Student Organization, Harvard School of Public Health