Report Reveals Exploitation of South Asian Workers
A new report from Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) and the Urban Justice Center reveals that South Asian workers in New York City are consistently underpaid, overworked and harassed at the workplace. To hear about the findings of the report and the efforts to protect workers, we'll be joined by DRUM founder and executive director, Monami Maulik, and Kazi Fouzia, a retail worker based in Queens.
Monami Maulik was born in Kolkata, India and grew up in the Bronx. She has been an immigrant and racial justice organizer for over 15 years. In 2000, Monami founded DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving as one of the first low-income South Asian community-based organizations for social justice in the U.S. Since then, she has served as the Executive Director and leads campaign and movement building work.
Kazi Fouzia is a designer and seamstress at a retail sari shop in Jamaica, Queens. She has been a member of DRUM since 2009 fighting for better rights as an undocumented Muslim immigrant worker. In Bangladesh, Kazi was a member of a street vendors union, a community theater group, an organizer for free community health clinics, taught young children from the slums, and comes from a long history of struggles for justice. In addition she has worked as a member for the Women Watch Bangladesh, a national small and cottage industry in Bangladesh. Currently she is the Adult Organizer for the Workers Center.
Update on the Gurdwara Shooting in Wisconsin & Desis Rising Up and Moving visits the UK
APF speaks with Tejpreet Kaur of the Sikh Coalition on the recent shootings at a Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, which left 7 people dead and several wounded. We discuss the political climate that leads to the targeting of Muslim, South Asian, and Middle Eastern communities with Monami Maulik and Fahd Ahmed of DRUM, Desis Rising Up and Moving.
DRUM will stay on to discuss a recent trip to the UK, where they toured the country with CagePrisoners, an organization focused on raising awareness about Guantanamo Bay. While in the UK, DRUM met with organizations and families impacted by British national security policies as well as police accountability and migrant rights groups.
Fahd Ahmed came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan in 1991, and went on to attend Vanderbilt University, and CUNY School of Law. Fahd joined DRUM in 2000 when he had family members facing deportations. Within DRUM, Fahd led the work with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrant detainees before, and immediately after 9/11, by coordinating the detainee visitation program. Fahd is the Legal and Policy Director at DRUM running the End Racial Profiling Campaign, particularly organizing Muslim communities. He is also developing a community law practice focusing on the same issues.
Tejpreet Kaur is a community organizer with the Sikh Coalition.
An interview with Fared Shafinury
Persian classical music is not the typical soundtrack for young second-generation Iranians in the United States. But for singer-songwriter Fared Shafinury, the traditional sounds of the Persian stringed instrument, the setar, spoke to him like no other. APF producer, Saara Azadi, sat down with Shafinury and discussed his poetic process, travels to Iran, views on politics, and of course, his music.
Fared Shafinury is the artist that best represents the hyphenated-generation of Iranian-Americans today. He is a critically acclaimed composer, vocalist, poet, Persian setarist and multi-instrumentalist, that has effectively unearthed his ancestral roots in classical Persian music & poetry, as well as reinvigorating the ancient sound with a modern touch - seamlessly morphing together influences ranging from American folk/rock/blues to classical/& folk Iranian music.
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