Announcement: Fighting to Survive: A report on labor organizing on
the Thai-Burma border
dbeeton at freeburmacoalition.org
Tue Feb 11 18:30:22 EST 2003
Fighting to Survive: A report on labor organizing on the Thai-Burma border
Gianni Lounge, Room 200, Mary Graydon Center (2nd Floor), American University Main Campus
Tuesday, February 18th, 2003, 7:00pm
Nay Myo, Coordinator with the Burma Labor Solidarity Organization, will speak about the inspiring and difficult struggle of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand to organize collectively for labor rights - and win.
Based in the Thai-Burma border town of Mae Sot, the BLSO organizes Burmese migrant workers in sweatshops, construction sites, and even in brothels. Treated as second-class citizens, and often denied their rights under law, Burmese migrants have few other hopes to survive than through grassroots organizing. Aside from the vital labor-organizing that it spearheads, the BLSO also runs two schools for migrant children, a clinic, and a safe house--making it a vital source of support for Mae Sot's enormous Burmese community.
Come hear how workers organize and win under even some of the most oppressive conditions.
For more information, contact Dan Beeton, Free Burma Coalition, 202-547-5985; dbeeton at freeburmacoalition.org.
Sponsored by the Free Burma Coalition, United Students Against Sweatshops, American University Free Burma Coalition, and the Fair Trade Student Association at AU.
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