Monami Maulik

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Monami Maulik DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center. Monami Maulik was born in the refugee colonies of Kolkata, India and grew up in the Bronx. She has been an organizer in the fields of immigrant, racial justice, youth, and global justice for over 18 years. She holds a degree in International Development, Women’s Studies, and South Asian Studies from Cornell University. In 2000, Ms. Maulik founded DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving as one of the first South Asian immigrant workers’ membership-based organizations for social justice in the U.S.

Speaker at From Manila to Manhattan

Communities Speak Out on Martial Law, Militarization, and Police Brutality

Saturday, October 29, 2005

New School University 66 West 12th Street

Partial Speaker List:

Dr. Joi Barrios poet/playright, professor, University of the Philippines-Diliman; convenor, Congress of Teachers for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND); board member- Philippine Studies Program of University of California

Dr. Robyn Rodriguez professor at Rutgers University, founder of Critical Filipino Filipina Studies Collective, member of NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

Haeyoung Yoon Attorney, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Returned ISM delegate from Hacienda Luisita team

Monami Maulik organizer, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), Returned ISM delegate from Eastern Visayas

Camilo Romero organizer, United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS), Retured ISM delegate from Hacienda Luisita

Bernadette Ellorin BAYAN USA regional representative, NY Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines; Returned ISM delegate from Surigao del Sur team

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal

In 2008 Monami Maulik, Director of Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), New York signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee calling for the release of convicted “cop-killer” Mumia Abu-Jamal.[1]

2008 YDS event

On the heels of a strong Young Democratic Socialists turnout at DSA’s 2007 national convention, its winter outreach conference’s success represents another stepping stone for a revived YDS. The conference title, “Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible: Reviving Democratic, Socialist, and Youth Activism,” honored the spirit of the young radicals of 1968 and reflected similar hopes and dreams that continue to motivate young activists forty years later.

On Friday evening February 15, 2008, the conference opened with a panel discussion: “2013 Isn’t Soon Enough: The Anti-War Movement Post-Bush.” The gathering of close to one hundred young activists served both as conference opener and an Iraq Moratorium event. YDS has participated in numerous Iraq Moratorium events (monthly actions to raise awareness against the war in Iraq) since September and the panel showcased our grassroots work on a national stage. [2]

Saturday’s opening plenary, “The Struggle for Racial Justice Under Capitalism,” moderated by YDS Anti-Racism Coordinator Emahunn Campbell, featured Columbia University professor Manning Marable, immigrant rights organizer Monami Maulik, and DSA National Political Committee member and Brown University Professor of Africana Studies Corey D.B. Walker. The speakers addressed the need to connect the struggle for socialism to the fight against racism. Marable analyzed how the origins of capitalism depended on racist ideology; he further contended that a prerequisite for the elimination of racism would be the abolition of capitalism.

United for Peace and Justice

In Dec 2008 Monami Maulik, Desis Rising Up and Moving - DRUM was voted onto the Steering Committee for United for Peace and Justice[3]

Letter to Obama

In March 2009 dozens of 'human rights groups' and activists in the United States, signed a statement urging President Barack Obama to rethink his decision to boycott the United Nations-sponsored anti-racism conference.

As you know, the Durban Review Conference is one of the most important international platforms for discussing the elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances. Given the brutal history of slavery and Jim Crow in the United States, your Administration has much to contribute to this discussion. A boycott would be inconsistent with your policy of engagement with the international community…

Individual signers of the statement included Monami Maulik.[4]

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Maulik is on the Board of Directors of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, as of March 9, 2010.[5]

"Towards a Politics of Solidarity"

Left Forum 2011 took place March 18 - 20 at Pace University, New York City. The theme for the conference is "Towards a Politics of Solidarity".

Panels included "Resisting the War Abroad and the War at Home:"

Sponsored by: United National Antiwar Committee

"A Women’s Place is in the Struggle"

"A Women’s Place is in the Struggle: A Report back on the Women Against Imperialism! Panel"


March 21 2013, three "outstanding women organizers", Bernadette Ellorin of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA or New Patriotic Alliance-USA (BAYAN-USA), Monami Maulik of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), and Lamis Deek of Al-Awda New York, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, spoke at CUNY John Jay College. The panel was moderated by Fernanda Pardo, a member of Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee and the Women’s Workteam of RSCC.

The event was sponsored by the Women’s Workteam of Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee and IGNITE.[6]

Left Forum 2014

People’s Struggles in Asia: Challenges, Opportunities and Solidarity People’s movements in the Third World have always been at the forefront of the fight against neoliberal globalization. With the U.S.'s growing military presence in Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific region, it is important for Leftists in the US to understand what the material conditions faced by people are on the ground in Asia, and to identify sites of solidarity here in the United States.

Chair/Facilitator: Wai Yee Poon


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