Dignity of Labour

An action-learning dialogue to honour those who build our communities, yet are left homeless or stranded on highways

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CONTEXT: Covid lockdown led to exodus of 23 million migrant labourers and extreme poverty for another 116 million. While there are immediate actions needed to provide food, healthcare and transport to those suffering, this lockdown has also accentuated the deep societal divide of our country. The overwhelming crisis of “migrants and marginalized” is an indicator of the economic disaster build on the apathy and exploitation of poor working class by the privileged. We need action both ends— immediate relief work and systemic societal transformation.

INVITATION: We invite grassroots changemakers who are serving communities that are most impacted by COVID lockdown. We also invite those who want to contribute to this challenge. Together we will explore:

  1. What are the challenges we are seeing and sensing on the ground in the next few weeks/ months?
  2. What support do we need to sustain our initiatives in the short and long term?
  3. What is the large scale systemic transformation needed to shift the current societal apathy and exploitation of the labour class?

Learning Journey Speakers @ Presencing Institute Global Forum, 10-11 July, 2020

INTENT: We intend to generate shared learning, collaborations and support your ongoing work. It is a space to sense the big picture with like-spirited souls. 

Pls join us on Facebook group for information on weekly dialogues as well as initiatives where you could contribute 

This Group has been established with the intention of understanding, introspecting about and coming together as a collective to explore ways of supporting migrant workers (we like to call them City Makers – true to their role in our society) who are going through a grave crisis at the moment. The Group seeks to discuss and coordinate immediate relief efforts required on the ground while at the same time deliberating and acting on longer term systemic changes which are aimed at empowering our City Makers so that this day does not come again in their lives. This is a citizens’ collective which has no political affiliation or agenda. Members of this Group come from diverse backgrounds and vocations – while some may be change-makers working on the ground (NGOs/foundations), others may simply be conscientious citizens who want to do their part in helping our City Makers tide over this crisis.

Hosts:

Nirvana Laha, Vijaya Nair, Sonali Gera


Photo credits:
1. https://www.change.org/p/government-of-india-rs-600-minimum-wages-per-day-for-each-worker-in-india-for-dignified-standard-of-living
2. https://www.news18.com/photogallery/india/sea-of-migrant-workers-choke-state-borders-despite-nationwide-lockdown-2547983-14.html
3. https://www.ecotextile.com/2020040125909/materials-production-news/lockdown-leaves-migrant-workers-stranded-in-india.html