Each day that passes brings another disturbing incident of hate violence against our communities. In response, each day we are more united, organized, and determined in our pursuit of justice for South Asian Americans and all.
On December 19, SAALT hosted a webinar on hate crimes with groups working on the front lines of this struggle. Members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations, the largest South Asian American network of community-based advocacy organizations, shared their insights on this urgent call, along with the San Francisco chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. The Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, a Bay Area all-volunteer group, also joined to describe how they’re aggressively documenting local hate incidents for use as public evidence.
Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice also participated in this webinar, providing a variety of insights into America’s hate violence problem, as well as an opportunity to brainstorm solutions for the future.
This online event couldn’t have come sooner. The FBI’s most recent Hate Crimes report revealed not only a 7% increase in hate crimes overall, but also an alarming 67% increase in hate crimes targeting Muslims. SAALT’s own database confirms an uptick in hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric against our communities nationwide in 2016, with incidents expected to accelerate in the new year.
Big battles require big support. Please stand with SAALT as we take on the challenges ahead. By donating today, SAALT can continue tracking hate, supporting our partners nationwide, and demanding justice and cooperation from our government.
With you by our side, we can make America better, together.
We can only do this with your support. Stand with us today.
Executive Director, SAALT