Night of 1,000 Conversations is here!

Tonight, “con­ver­sa­tions” (ie. gath­er­ings of peo­ple that meet to share sto­ries) are being held in com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try. SAALT is excit­ed to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in one such con­ver­sa­tion being held in Wash­ing­ton, DC. The ulti­mate goal of A Night of 1,000 Con­ver­sa­tions is to get peo­ple talk­ing about how gov­ern­ment poli­cies affect the every­day lives of Amer­i­cans. The focus of the con­ver­sa­tion tonight (at the All Souls Church, Uni­tar­i­an near the Colum­bia Heights metro, for those of you in the DC area) is shar­ing the expe­ri­ences of dif­fer­ent immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties around poli­cies and issues like back­logs in the cit­i­zen­ship and nat­u­ral­iza­tion process; inhu­mane deten­tion and depor­ta­tion pro­ce­dures; home and work­place raids and more. SAALT is work­ing with All Souls Uni­tar­i­an Social Jus­tice Min­istries, Amer­i­can Arab Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee, CASA de Mary­land, Vir­ginia New Major­i­ty and Rights Work­ing Group to orga­nize this con­ver­sa­tion and we wel­come any­one in the Wash­ing­ton, DC area to attend. The event goes from 6:30pm — 9:00pm and begins with iftar/dinner and includes a pan­el dis­cus­sion with experts and affect­ed com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers fol­lowed by small group dis­cus­sions. One of the fea­tured pan­elists is jour­nal­ist Laila Al-Ari­an, the author of Col­lat­er­al Dam­age, who will dis­cuss the deten­tion of her father, Sami Al-Ari­an. If you would like to attend this event, please join us! The iftar and remarks will begin prompt­ly at 6:30pm.

Map of loca­tion

Fly­er for Night of 1,000 Con­ver­sa­tionsTo learn more about Night of 1,000 Con­ver­sa­tions, vis­it www.nightof1,000conversations.org 

 

. (This web­site also lists con­ver­sa­tions hap­pen­ing in oth­er loca­tions around the coun­try.)

Elections ’08: Roadmap to the White House, now translated!

One of the things we here at SAALT are always try­ing to do is make sure that, as much as pos­si­ble, the infor­ma­tion and resources we put out is as acces­si­ble to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. SAALT’s Build­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Strength, out­lines that lim­it­ed Eng­lish pro­fi­cien­cy rates are between 20% to 50% in South Asian com­mu­ni­ties, with rates increas­ing as income lev­els decrease (Won­der­ing what “lim­it­ed Eng­lish pro­fi­cien­cy” means? It refers to the abil­i­ty to read, speak, and write Eng­lish less than “very well.”)

With that in mind, SAALT strives to trans­late some of our most rel­e­vant mate­ri­als into South Asian lan­guges so that lim­it­ed Eng­lish pro­fi­cient indi­vid­u­als can take advan­tage of our resources. One exam­ple is What You Need to Know to Become a US Cit­i­zen (trans­lat­ed into Bangla, Hin­di and Gujarati). We are also pleased to announce the trans­la­tion of one of our new Elec­tions ’08 doc­u­ments, Roadmap to the White House, into Bangla, Hin­di, Pun­jabi, Tamil and Urdu). It’s a great resource to use by any­one to learn about the process­es of the elec­tion cycle. Orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als are wel­come to use it for out­reach and edu­ca­tion with­in the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty. Please feel free to down­load these doc­u­ments and dis­trib­ute them.

Check out these oth­er resources by SAALT on issues fac­ing lim­it­ed Eng­lish pro­fi­cient South Asians!

Welcome to SAALT Spot!

My name is Mou Khan, and I’m the Pro­gram Assis­tant at SAALT.  Today is an excit­ing day for us here at SAALT.  Not only are we unveil­ing three great new doc­u­ments as part of our efforts around the upcom­ing elec­tions (Elec­tions ’08: A Roadmap; Elec­tions ’08: How Do I Get Involved? and Pol­i­cy Brief: Civ­il Rights and Immi­grant Rights), but we are also rolling out our new web­site (book­mark www.saalt.org!) In addi­tion to all of that, we are thrilled to wel­come you to our new blog and we want­ed to take this oppor­tu­ni­ty to go into some of the new aspects of our web­site.

  • This blog: We will be updat­ing it reg­u­lar­ly to keep you updat­ed on what’s hap­pen­ing in the world of civ­il and immi­grant rights, social jus­tice issues, and, of course, the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty. Click here to get the RSS feed so you will know when­ev­er there is a new post. Also, we want to hear from you! Please post com­ments and, if you like what we post, link to it on your own blog. Bet­ter yet, guest-blog for us! If you’re inter­est­ed in guest blog­ging, email saalt@saalt.org.
  • Doc­u­ments:
Elec­tions ’08: How Do I Get Involved? lists 10 ways every­one (cit­i­zens and nonci­t­i­zens) can get engaged dur­ing this elec­tion cycle and make a dif­fer­ence!

Elec­tions ’08: A Roadmap is a sim­ple, easy-to-fol­low guide to the elec­tions process and it can help you answer age-old ques­tions like “what is a cau­cus?” or “what do superdel­e­gates do?”

Pol­i­cy Brief: Civ­il Rights and Immi­grant Rights focus­es on two pol­i­cy issues being dis­cussed this elec­tion year
  • New SAALT web­site: Our new web­site does not just have a new look (though we hope you are enjoy­ing it!), but it has all the great infor­ma­tion and resources you are used to get­ting from SAALT, just in a new, eas­i­er-to-access for­mat. Take a look around, and keep an eye out for new fea­tures, like our new Elec­tions ’08 page. And check back in often, we are going to be post­ing up new resources and events reg­u­lar­ly.

Thanks for vis­it­ing and please come back often to see what’s new at the SAALT Spot!