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Sharmin Hossain — Caste in Bangladesh and Bangladeshi Diaspora

Friday, October 9, 2020

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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Sharmin Hossain is a Bangladeshi-American Muslim organizer and artist, from Queens, New York. Sharmin is the Political Director at Equality Labs, an Ambedkarite South Asian progressive power-building organization that uses community research, cultural and political organizing, popular education and digital security to fight the oppressions of caste apartheid, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and religious intolerance. A co-founder of the Bangladeshi Feminist Collective and graduate from CUNY Hunter College, Sharmin is committed to community based arts practice, leadership development, South Asian political history and liberation struggles.

As the 2015 Open Society Youth Exchange Fellow, Sharmin founded the Bangladeshi Historical Memory Project, a political theatre and archive documenting Bangladeshi resilience. Formerly, Sharmin was the Logistics and Communications Coordinator of Dalit Women Fight National Tour, where she coordinated the the largest national platform on caste apartheid to transform South Asian American organizing.

Bhimpalli David RajuOrganizing Secretary, Bangladeshi Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM)

Saxena Center for Contemporary South Asia