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Social Action Movement
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SAM is a small NGO, but we have succeeded remarkably, particularly by taking up very relevant programmes for liberation and development of the oppressed poor.
In a short span of 20 years, we have organized District level Unions of Dalit Women, Irula Tribals, Washer people and Sugarcane Cutters.
The Trade Union of the Sugarcane Cutters has been acclaimed even by the left Parties as it has built a much –needed bridge between the ever warring Dalit and Backward Caste workers. Their wages have in creased remarkably and today they are being paid by the sugar mills, instead of the sugarcane farmers as was done earlier.
Land lessness is the most important cause for poverty and oppression of the Dalits. For the first time in history, we identified 200,000 acres of Panchami lands in Tamilnadu, specially assigned to Dalits which have been usurped by the rich and powerful. We Organized continuous struggles to retrieve these lands and in the process, lost two of our colleagues to police bullets.
We have retrieved over 1000 acres of such lands in different parts of the district.
Majority of the Washerpeople in Kanchipuram district , after being unionized, have given up their traditional infra-dig and beggarly way of receiving food as wages for theier hard labour. A model has been created for Washerpeople all over for emulation.
We have so far freed and rehabilitated over 1500 child workers from the silk looms at Kanchipuram.
Over 800 young girls and boys have been trained in different technical skills and Placed in decent jobs.
One of our women self help groups has been acclaimed as one of the best in the state, for its successful co-operative inland fish farming.
DALIT MURASU, Our Monthly magazine has been continuously publishedf for the past ten years, arecord for any Tamil Dalit magazine.
KCC has been officially recognized by the Tamil Nadu Open University as one of its affiliate institutions.
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