Chai Justice is a digital archive of research, interviews and stories of tea workers in Bangladesh. Resistance of the Bhumi Rokkha Committee (Committee to Save Lands in Chandpur) against the conversion of agricultural land into an economic zone inspired this work. It has extended to an aspiration to lift up the stories of tea workers, the long standing policy advocacy and organizing work of Bangladesh based scholars and organizers fighting for justice for tea workers. These stories highlight global economic, political and legal processes that dispossess and alienate people from land and intensify peoples’ struggle for food, livelihood and life.
Chai has a double-meaning in Bangla. In English it is the word for tea. In Bengali, it means to desire, wish or want something or to make a demand. First, Chai Justice seeks to record and archive the social movement led by tea workers and their resulting demands of tea workers in Bangladesh. Second, it seeks to facilitate connections among organizations fighting for justice for tea workers in South Asia and around the world.