In The News: Slavery, Nobel Prize, The Price of Memory, Malala

In the News

 

Kailash Satyarthi, the founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, has dedicated his life to the struggle against child labour. Photograph: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Kailash Satyarthi: student engineer who saved 80,000 children from slavery

 Clar Ni Chonghaile, theguardian.com, 10 October 2014

Indian children’s rights activist hails Nobel peace prize as an honour to young people ‘whose voice has never been heard’

Kailash Satyarthi says his heroes are the children he has saved from slavery. The Nobel peace prize winner, 60, has been credited with helping to free about 80,000 children from bonded labour since he started his advocacy in the 1980s. He says the Nobel prize “is an honour for my fellow Indians and for all those children whose voice has never been heard before in the country”.

Described as a tireless campaigner for children’s rights, Satyarthi founded Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) – “save the childhood movement”, roughly translated from the Hindi – in 1980. The organisation has sought to educate the tens of thousands of children it has rescued, reintegrating them into society. Satyarthi has led rescue missions for children and others working in bonded labour in manufacturing industries, surviving several attacks on his life in the process.

Read more at: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/oct/10/kailash-satyarthi-nobel-peace-prize-childrens-rights

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 ‘The Price of Memory’ to Premiere at Montego Bay Cultural Centre

National Gallery of Jamaica | 2014-10-07

The Montego Bay Cultural Centre and National Gallery West are pleased to present the Montego Bay premier of the documentary film, ‘The Price of Memory,’ on Saturday, October 18, starting at 7 pm. Filmmaker, Karen Marks Mafundikwa, will be in attendance at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, Sam Sharpe Square, to introduce the film and to answer questions afterwards. The event is free to the public but donations are welcomed in support of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre programmes.

Filmed over the span of eleven years, ‘The Price of Memory’ explores the legacy of slavery in the UK and Jamaica and the initiatives and debates surrounding reparations. The film starts in 2002, with Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Jamaica as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations, when she is petitioned by a small group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. The film traces this petition and the first reparations lawsuit to be filed in Jamaica against the Queen, while interweaving stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations and repatriation in the 1960s.

The filmmaker travels to the UK, exploring the cities which grew wealthy from slavery and the British monarchy’s legacy of slavery, and follows the debates about reparations in both the Jamaican and British parliaments. ‘The Price of Memory’ premiered at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles and was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in late September.

More information at: http://go-jamaica.com/pressrelease/item.php?id=3809

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Introducing: Beyond Trafficking and Slavery

Neil Howard, Genevieve LeBaron, and Cameron Thibos  6 October 2014

 ‘Modern slavery’, ‘human trafficking’, and ‘forced labour’ are all issues of major political and media concern. Barely a day now passes without some sensational story. Governments everywhere are passing legislation, civil society interest is rocketing, and ever more consumers are asking questions about how their products are made.

Yet for all this attention, how much is actually known about these phenomena? We’ve no shortage of anecdotal stories, but reliable information is in seriously short supply. Mainstream media is quick to present ‘modern slaves’ as living under exceptional circumstances, but it’s often impossible to distinguish their lives from those of people living under ‘ordinary’ capitalist exploitation. Why is this? And why is it that ‘protection’ policies governments put in place so frequently do more harm than good?

These are the kinds of questions that we’ll be exploring over the coming week, and that Beyond Trafficking and Slavery will be answering over the coming year.

Read more: https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery

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Series:

Modern-day slavery in focus
This website is supported, in part, by Humanity United. It is editorially independent and its purpose is to focus on modern-day slavery

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Congrats to Malala on the Nobel Prize to be awarded in December! Read HERE

I’m working on a new interview with a new friend Carol Hand who blogs many things I care about…. like identity and Indian Country… BE BACK SOON… Lara/Trace

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