Category Archives: SANSAD Events

Solidarity with immigrant women workers


Race, Gender and Class in the Hospitality industry

Join us on Saturday, November 5th, to discuss how race, gender and immigration intersect in the workplace. At this event we will hear from women in the hospitality industry, academics, and organizations working for change in the workplace.

The Hospitality industry is where a number of immigrants, particularly women, nd their rst jobs. These jobs are often precarious, physically demanding, and can result in pain and injury. It is possible to transform these invisible and undervalued positions into good jobs that support families and allow immigrants to establish themselves if workers unite for change with support from the community.

Join us in our effort to make a difference.


  • Charan Gill – Progressive InterculturalCommunity Services
  • Habiba Zaman – SFU Professor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • Harinder Mahil – Former Chair of the Human Rights Commission of BC
  • Chin Banerjee – South Asian Network For Secularism and Democracy
  • Octavian Cadabeschi – UNITE HERE Local 40
  • Several housekeepers from the Sheraton Vancouver Airport

Saturday November 5th 2:00pm to 4:00pm City Center Library – Surrey – Room 405. 10350 University Drive

Contact Dr. Cinmoy Bannerjee President, SANSAD at – 604.421.6752
Octavian Cadabeschi, UNITE HERE Local 40 at – 604-813-2105


the most serious crime against humanity, has left a bitter trail and is ongoing. We must remember and understand to overcome and prevent it.

Oct 7 – Oct 9, 2016

515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver

Conference on Genocide

Genocide: The politics of denial, forgetting and the work of memory

Organized by South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD) in partnership with the Institute for the Humanities, Simon Fraser University and with the support of Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences SFU and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) SFU (Maggie Benston Lecture Series). Cosponsored by Radical Desi Collective, Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC), Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR), Canada Palestine Association (CPA), International League of People’s Struggles (ILPS) Canada, Seriously Free Speech Committee, Canada Palestine Network, South Asian Film Education Society (SAFES), Amnesty Richmond Group 92, Independent Jewish Voices, Department of Sociology Langara College, School for International Studies SFU, and Department of History SFU. Asian Studies UBC. VanCity.

Dr. Chinmoy Banerjee, President, SANSAD Tel: (604) 421-6752, Email:

Anis Rahman, Secretary, SANSAD
Cell : 778-389-2491, Email:


South Asian
Network for Secularism and Democracy

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Hari Sharma Memorial Lecture 2016

Raj Patel

” Seven Cheap Things: World Ecology and the Future of Food.”

September 16, 2016

7.00 PM – 8.30.00 PM

Room 1800, SFU Harbour Centre

515 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Raj Patel is a British-born academic, writer, journalist, and activist. He was educated in Oxford (BA), London School of Economics (MA), and Cornell, where he received his PhD in Development Sociology. He has been visiting scholar at Yale, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Texas at Austen. Currently he is a 200visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has been living and working extensively in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

He has been a fierce critic of the World Bank, WTO and the UN.


Raj Patel is the author of the much acclaimed, “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle of the World Food System” (2008) and “The value of Nothing” (2010). His website is:

The event is a free public lecture but pre-registration is required. RSVP Chin Banerjee at

The event is organized by Hari Sharma Foundation, and supported by SFPIRG.

SANSAD Public Forum

Minorities in South Asia

Sunday, May  29, 2016

2.00 PM – 4.00 PM

Ambedkar Room: 418

Surrey Centre Library, 10350 University Drive, Surrey

The condition of minorities in South Asia is severely stressed. India adopted a secular constitution guaranteeing equal rights to all citizens, as did Bangladesh. In Pakistan, despite Jinnah’s direction to the Constituent Assembly (August 11, 1947) the constitutions that were ultimately created enshrined certain inequalities in an Islamic state. But minorities have been facing discrimination and violence in all three countries, and this has been growing in recent years with the rise of religious extremism. Peace and security in South Asia can be achieved only through the pursuit of justice, which entails upholding the rights of minorities in pluralist societies.

We invite you to join the discussion.


Dr. Haider Nizamani (Pakistan)

Anis Rahman (Bangladesh)

Gurpreet Singh (India)

Dr. Nizamani is a professor of political science. Anis Rahman is a PhD candidate at SFU. Gurpreet Singh is a journalist and author.

Contact: Chin Banerjee, 604-421-6752