Join the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI) and Association for India’s Development (AID) for a discussion on the importance of Soni Sori’s story and development in Chattisgarh, India. [Facebook event page]
September 30th, Sunday at 7pm at BlueStockings Bookstore (172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington St, New York/ Metro: F train’s 2nd Avenue stop)
In preparation for the protest being held at Union Square on Oct. 4th, there will be a poster-making and general planning discussion after the presentation. Get involved, Join us!
A year has passed and this deep injustice continues against Soni Sori, an adivasi schoolteacher and Lingaram Kodopi, a journalist. Soni Sori and Linga were among the few voices who spoke for the indigenous people living in the mineral rich Bastar region. The imprisonment and torture of Soni Sori and Lingaram is part of a deliberate, state-sponsored process of terror, displacement and criminalization of adivasis in the name of development and profit.
Despite international outrage and pressure from human rights activists — Soni Sori and Lingaram Kodopi remain imprisoned without a court trial — a year after their arrest. Court accepted, medical documents have shown that both Kodopi and Soni Sori have suffered custodial torture. Despite this evidence, no action has been taken against anyone and the chief police responsible for Soni Sori’s sexual torture has been awarded the National Gallantry Award for bravery since her arrest.
If you would like to help organize or sponsor the campaign, please email Free Soni Sori Campaign at the email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also join us on Oct. 4th as we mark the one year anniversary of Soni Sori’s arrest by holding a protest in Union Square at 7pm.
Protest organized by the Association for India’s Development (AID) and the South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI). Endorsed by Amnesty International USA and Occupy Global Justice Working Group (NYC).