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Boston Social Forum

25 Jul 2004

Boston Social Form 




On July 23-25, 2004 at the University of Massachusetts at Boston?just before the Democratic National Convention?a coalition of Boston area, progressive community organizations, non-profits, and unions will be hosting what promises to be an exciting event?the Boston Social Forum (BSF).

South Asia Workshop in BSF


Common Struggles, Common Dreams: South Asians for Social Justice There and Here

Movements for social justice in South Asia and amongst South Asians in America have proliferated in recent years in response to growing social and gender inequalities, suppression of democratic rights of workers, and environmental degradation in the name of development. This workshop is intended to begin a dialogue between activists from South Asia and progressive South Asians in the US to learn from each other, to emphasize the commonality of our struggles, and to build solidarities across borders. 

 2:30-4pm Sunday
July 25th, 2004

Wheatley 123, UMASS

(Directions below)



Achin Vanaik:
Achin Vanaik is an independent scholar, former journalist, and political commentator. He is currently visiting lecturer at the Academy of Third World Studies at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi. He lives in New Delhi and is against the nuclearization of India.

A.H. Nayyar: A physicist currently at
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, A. H. Nayyar has been active in the anti nuclear movement  in Pakistan.

Chaumtoli Huq: Attorney Chaumtoli Huq has been active in development issues in Bangladesh and in efforts to enforce the rights of low-wage workers of South Asian descent in New York.  She is currently with the South Asian Workers Right Project and the New York Taxi Workers' Alliance.


Janaki Blum is a director of SARID (South Asia Research Institute for Development, Cambridge) and is actively involved in community based social projects in Sri Lanka as well as in interfaith dialogue in the USA.

Convener: Abha Sur, Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia


Pre-registration: Please visit and click on the registration icon. Or if you prefer, print out a form and mail it with a check to: Boston Social Forum, 33 Harrison Ave. 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02111. (Questions can also be directed to: 617-338-9966 or




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The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail

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