What is the ‘Echoes of Ghadar’ convergence? October 25-27

Echoes of Ghadar
Convergence of activists, organizers and artists from Bangladesh, India, Kashmir, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka in transnational conversations with activists from NYC and U.S.

October 25-27, 2013

Pace University, New York City

Organized by South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), the convergence aims to revive the often forgotten history of the Ghadar movement, through: a celebration of music, films, and conversations among grassroots activists from South Asia and the U.S.. These activities will provide grassroots activists with a unique opportunity to learn from the history of the Ghadar movement, and envision new ways to build transnational solidarity.

Events and activities will include the following:

  • Dialogue sessions will build important linkages between movements in South Asia with the US-based left movements. Speakers will include around speakers from South Asia who will share their work with each other as well as other U.S.-based activists working on similar issues;

  • Poetry, visual art exhibitions and musical events with an aim to revive the rich cultural legacy of the Ghadar Party;

  • Launch of the annual Kateesh-Balagopal Memorial Panel – an event that we plan to conduct every year in New York City to commemorate the lives of two civil rights activists;

The Convergence will also mark the beginning of the Ghadar Internship, a movement-experience internship for youth from North America who wish to go to South Asia and spend anywhere from 3 to 6 months working with a grass roots movement organization in the subcontinent.

Why is this event important?

The convergence aims to bring together activists working at the very grassroots level across South Asia whose voices are often not heard or marginalized in the global conversations. These activists and the movements they represent are engaged in local struggles and alternative practices around land issues, caste politics, gender and sexuality rights, economics, safety, media, arts, politics and much more. Through the convergence, SASI is bringing together many of these voices who are creating change and imagining a different world for and with people in their own local communities.  These activists will have a unique space to dialogue with other activists across the borders from different countries in South Asia as well as exchange experiences and form solidarities among U.S. based organizers who are working on similar issues within this country.  The convergence is a truly unique opportunity to build important linkages and solidarity efforts between movements in South Asia and with the US-based movements.


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