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Michael Mazgaonkar lives in the Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife sanctuary in the Satpuda mountains of Gujarat and has been experimenting with community-driven development and activism for the past 27 years in rural Gujarat. He is a founding member of the Mozda Collective, a team of individuals dedicated to sustainable rural development, and Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, an environmental advocacy group. Based in an off-the-grid home, he uses his expertise as an engineer to train communities to use...
We want to invite you to this talk by our partners Jeevan Saathi Kamayani Swami and Ashish Ranjan. Kamayani and Ashish work full time on labor issues such as temporary/seasonal migration, minimum wage, employment guarantee & pensions for the elderly. They are based in Bihar where Kamayani helped form a trade union of unorganized sector rural workers Jan Jagaran Shakti Sangathan (http://www.jjabihar.org).    WHEN: Sunday, June 19, 2016 (4-6pm) WHERE: MIT | Bld. 4, Rm 231  About Kamayani: ...
SR Hiremath is a political, environmental activist from India. He has worked relentlessly for over 35 yrs. in the promotion of people oriented policies & legislation, protection of rights of the tribals & rural poor over natural resources and bringing about participatory, deliberative democracy through means of non-violence, transparency and self-reliance. He will talk about the challenges in India in terms of political, social and economic spheres with focus on the marginalized...
Obalesh Bheemappa hails from the Madiga community, historically the most marginalized even among the dalit communities. It is also one of the ‘untouchable’ communities. The Madigas form about 95% of the sweepers and manual scavengers in Karnataka. He is one of the few people in the community to have even completed schooling (10th std). Since then he has been working to organize the manual scavenging community through various interventions in the Tumkur district. Obalesh and his team work in the...
R. Geetha began her sociopolitical work in 1974 in the organized sector but soon shifted to the unorganized sector because the workers there were the worst off while of least interest to political parties. She was instrumental in launching two organizations in the slums of Madras - Pennurimai Iyakkam(Women's Rights Movement) and KaTTiDa ThozhilaaLar Sangam (Construction Workers Union).  The construction worker movement gained strength in the state and later at the national level, even with no...
Vox Populi - An Open Mic event. When: Sunday, December 13 2015 6-8 PMWhere: MIT, Twenty Chimneys, W20-306 (Student Center)77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MAhttp://whereis.mit.edu/?go=W20.Want to perform? Signup here : http://bit.ly/AIDOpenMic2015signup Contact: secretary@aidboston.org if you have any questions. About: As another year comes to an end, let's get together and celebrate it with an AID-MIT and Boston open mic!  We invite you to participate by perfoming (but not limited to) music...

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