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Biju Mathew
in the
San Francisco Bay Area
Labor Organizer
Anti-War Activist

author of

Taxi! Cabs and Capitalism in New York City
TAXI - Book Cover


SATURDAY MAY 13, STANFORD, 6-8 PM (event flyers, directions)

A Panel Discussion on Taxi Driver Organizing


Biju Mathew with

Seyoum Asrat and Kirpal Bajwa
(taxi organizers in San Jose)

followed by
a Q&A session

Archeology Conference Center, Bldg. 500, Main Quad (Behind Memorial Church)

featuring a discussion of the book Taxi! as well as a wide array of other related topics including immigrant labor organizing, globalization, the anti-war movement, and sectarian politics in the South Asian community


 Stanford Event: May 13, Saturday:
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Taxi! uses the narrative of immigrant labor organizing to provide a rich commentary on a range of issues - from immigration, gender, race and multiculturalism to the neo-liberal political economy and the imaginaries that fuel global cities like New York.

From the Publishers: Taxi! offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of New York City’s taxi drivers from a lead organizer of the Taxi Workers Alliance. The yellow cab is a striking metaphor for New York City and its exuberant twenty-four-hours-a-day rush. But just as the city has changed in recent years, so too has the industry that keeps it on the move. As Biju Mathew reveals in this fast-paced survey of New York’s taxi business, just about everything has changed dramatically except the yellow paint.

An immigrant working class in an industry that pioneered outsourcing, taxi drivers have a tough job with long hours and low earnings. The recent fare hike represents a major step forward for them. Behind the victory is a long campaign by the Taxi Workers Alliance, of which Mathew is a volunteer organizer, stretching back to the 1998 strike against the harassment of Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The scale of this action, with twenty-four thousand drivers participating, was achieved despite the diversity of a workforce that speaks at least eighty different languages. Drawing extensively on Mathew’s interactions with the drivers, Taxi! is as much a critical commentary on globalization, urban renewal, migration, and multiculturalism as it is a captivating account of the struggles and triumphs of life behind the wheel. Buckle up, sit back, and enjoy the ride. [More at]


Biju Mathew is an Associate Professor in the College of Business Administration at Rider University in New Jersey. He is a member of the Organizing Committee of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, co-founder of the Forum of Inquilabi Leftists and Youth Solidarity Summer, and a member of the Board of the Brecht Forum in NYC. He co-hosts a weekly radio show called "Global Movements, Urban Struggles" on WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC).  He has written extensively, spoken and organized around issues such as communalism, immigration, labor issues, and against the war. He lives in New York City.


The New Dreams of the Yellow Wheels. Biju Mathew, Ghadar Magazine, Nov 1998.

The Politics of Self-Absorption. Biju Mathew, SAMAR Magazine, Issue 16.

Methods of Disorganization: Where have the South Asians Gone?. Biju Mathew, SAMAR Magazine, Issue 17.

Anarchy in the Ranks. Biju Mathew, SAMAR Magazine, Issue 18.

Reading the NCERT Framework. Balamurli Natarajan, Rahul De and Biju Mathew, Gadhar Magazine, Feb 2002.

The Saffron Dollar. Biju Mathew and Vijay Prashad. Himal Magazine, September 1996.

Shift in the Global Anti-War Movement. Biju Mathew, Combat Law,  Aug-Sep 2005.

Alternatives for an Alternate Future (Speech at the World Tribunal on Iraq). Biju Mathew, June 2005.


STANFORD (Saturday, May 13, 2006)
Archeology Conference Center, Bldg. 500, Main Quad (Behind Memorial Church)

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