Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Morning News - مسيرة العاملات في المنازل


LBCI News-مسيرة عاملات المنازل: نقابتنا حقّنا

عاملات أجنبيات في زي بلادهن يحتفلن في بيروت

تحية إلى العاملات الأجنبيات في لبنان والعالم العربي، اللواتي يتعرضن لانتهاكات عدة تبدأ من العنف المنزلي والاعتداء الجن وصولاً إلى الاستعباد، نتيجة ثغرات نظامي العمل والكفالة.


نحن عاملات أيضاً

"هل أنتِ عزباء؟"
لم تكن الدولة اللبنانية حاضرة في تظاهرة العاملات الأجنبيات إلا من خلال أجهزتها الأمنية. ولم يقف عناصر الدرك على مسافة بعيدة من العاملات هذه المرة. بل كانوا قريبين جداً. فأحدهم كان لا يبعد أكثر من خطوتين عن إحدى العاملات، واستغل الفرصة ليسألها عن دوام عملها، وما إذا كانت عزباء. أما رفاقه فقد مارسوا سلطتهم في دفع المتظاهرين واستعجالهم السير مع امتداد الطريق. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Two Indian Friends in Lebanon

This testimony was shared with the Anti-Racism Movement last week.


I am an Indian girl, who has light skin, light hair and light eyes recently me and my friend (who is also Indian but with with dark skin, dark hair and dark eyes) visited Lebanon on holiday as tourists. I was astounded by the difference in treatment we both received. India also has a lot of problems with racism, but somehow I have never seen such outright racism.

Racism exists everywhere in all of us, in varying degrees, I totally get that. However, the kind of discrimination my companion faced bordered on cruelty to the point where we cut our trip short. You must be wondering why am I reporting this and not here, well the reason is because the instance left her so upset that I do not ever want to bring it up again.

Everywhere we went in people with give her demeaning looks , one time a teenage boy called her ‘blacky’, or refer to her as Sri Lanka, like ‘hey Sri Lanka’ (even though we are both Indian and not Sri Lankan). One time when we were shopping and these people around our age (we are in our early 20’s) came up to us and asked where we are from, when I said I’m Indian they said "But how can you be Indian? You are white.” (which is ignorant because India is a very diverse place in terms of ethnic heritage as well). Then they went and asked us about our professions. At this point my companion replied that she is a model. Their mouths fell open, and one of the girls actually said this :“You are so ugly and dark, how can you be?”

It was like a slap in the face for both of us. My friend told her she was racist and we walked away. It was awful, I don’t think I will be returning. This is especially surprising to me because I did my undergraduate degree in America where I had lots of Lebanese friends at my university who never once displayed racism.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

بيان المنتدى الاشتراكي: ننتصر بأممية النضال العمالي

Socialist Forum's statement in support and solidarity with workers in Lebanon and all around the world on this May Day. Join us this Sunday to demand the recognition of the Domestic Workers' Union!


نقابة عمال وعاملات المنازل في لبنان هي شرعية أكثر منكم، من "شرعيتكم" الطائفية والعنصرية والمستغلة والذكورية،
ليسقط نظام الكفالة العبودي،
ليسقط قرار التأشيرة العنصري المتعلق باللاجئين/ات السوريين/ات،
ليسقط سجن العدلية،
نعم لإقرار الحقوق السياسية والمدنية والاقتصادية والاجتماعية للاجئين/ات الفلسطينيين/ات، ومن بينها حقهم/ن في العمل،
نعم لانتزاع كل الحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية، للعمال والعاملات كافة، ومن كل الجنسيات،
نعم لتشكيل نقابات كفاحية جديدة مستقلة تمثل حقاً مصالح العمال والعاملات، سواء منهم اللبنانيون واللبنانيات، أو العرب والأجانب، على اختلافهم/ن،

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Petty Etiquette of Discrimination

'If prejudice is a norm, then ending prejudice has to involve etiquette as well.
Again, the issue here is not necessarily a legal one, since the legal issues are murky. It's symbolic. But symbols matter—or, to put it another way, social signaling matters. Prejudice and discrimination are validated and enforced in no small part through interpersonal, intercommunal understandings of what behavior is acceptable and what behavior isn't. Ending prejudice and discrimination means changing those understandings.'