Salmaan Taseer's Assassination
Last Tuesday Salmaan Taseer, the governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab, was assassinated. He was killed by his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri, who was motivated by Taseer's opposition to the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, which forbid insulting or defaming Islam. Taseer, a businessman and member of the Pakistani People's Party, was a close ally of the president Asif Ali Zardari. He was well-known for his liberal views and his opposition to the growing influence of religion in Pakistani politics. For more on Taseer's assassination and on the situation in Pakistan, we speak with Saadia Toor of Action for Progressive Pakistan.
SAADIA TOOR is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, and a member of the Action for a Progressive Pakistan, a group of Pakistani activists based in the U.S. and Pakistan. She is also a member of the Women's Action Forum, Pakistan's largest and oldest feminist organization.
Human Rights for Sex Workers
The world of sex workers is often shrouded in stigma and exploitation, but in the wake of a slew of murders on Long Island, advocates are trying to raise awareness of the risks and struggles that sex workers face every day on the job,whether they're coerced into the trade or engage in it voluntarily. Many sex workers are immigrants, too, which makes them even more vulnerable to abuse and arbitrary detention at the hands of law enforcement. We'll talk to Sienna Baskin, an attorney with the Sex Workers Project, and Juan David Gastolomendo, an advocate with the the Latino Commission on AIDS, to explore the intersection of sex work, law enforcement, the immigration system and human rights
Food Justice in the City
We are what we eat. So the City says it plans to make the city's food system more sustainable by enhancing regional agricultural production, supporting urban farming and gardening, and expanding access to fresh, healthy foods in low-income communities. What does that mean for communities of color and immigrant neighborhoods? We'll explore how food is grown, consumed and distributed in the New York City region and how ethnic communities are working to fuse cultural tradition with an environmental framework and a broader movement for social justice. We'll discuss food politics with Valerie Imbruce, professor of Environmental Studies at Bennington College, and Neha Gautam, an organizer with South Asian Youth Action.
Valerie Imbruce is director of Environmental Studies at Bennington College.
Neha Gautam is an organizer with South Asian Youth Action.
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