United We Must Stand


Dear Friend,

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.

SAALT will continue to push back against hate, but we need your help.

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.

With deter­mi­na­tion,
Suman Raghu­nathan,
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT

It’s Not Too Late To Push Back Against Hate


Dear Friend,

On Decem­ber 6, moments after leav­ing a pol­i­cy con­fer­ence at the White House, a taxi dri­ver called Min­neso­ta Rep­re­sen­ta­tive-Elect Ilhan Omar a mem­ber of “ISIS” and threat­ened to forcibly remove her hijab. Ms. Omar calls it the “most hate­ful, deroga­to­ry, Islam­o­pho­bic, sex­ist taunts and threats I have ever expe­ri­enced.”

A day ear­li­er in New York City, Soha Sala­ma, a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­i­ty (MTA) employ­ee was harassed, called a “ter­ror­ist”, and pushed down a flight of stairs at Grand Cen­tral sub­way sta­tion. She was told to “go back” to her coun­try by her assailant dur­ing the attack.

Days ear­li­er in Pitts­burgh, Ankur Mehta was work­ing on his com­put­er in a Red Robin Restau­rant when a drunk­en man told him “things are dif­fer­ent now” and “I don’t want you sit­ting next to me.” He then pro­ceed­ed to use racial slurs such as “sandn****r” before strik­ing Mr. Mehta sev­er­al times with his fists and elbows.

These inci­dents occurred in a span of a lit­tle over one week. Sad­ly, there are many more. In 2016 SAALT tracked over 200 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric against our com­mu­ni­ties. These inci­dents have surged mas­sive­ly in the wake of the Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

We need your support now more than ever to push back against hate.

In the com­ing weeks and months, SAALT will:

  • Release a detailed report to pol­i­cy­mak­ers and the media on hate inci­dents against South Asian, Mus­lim, and Arab Amer­i­cans dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion cycle to ful­ly illus­trate the extent to which our com­mu­ni­ties are under attack;
  • Orga­nize town hall meet­ings through­out the coun­try to under­stand the local con­cerns of our com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide;
  • Hold the 10th anniver­sary of our Nation­al South Asian Sum­mit where hun­dreds of thought lead­ers, orga­ni­za­tions, and activists from across the coun­try will come togeth­er to strate­gize on how to sup­port and defend our com­mu­ni­ties in this new and uncer­tain future. We will then take to Capi­tol Hill to engage with pol­i­cy­mak­ers and gov­ern­ment agen­cies en masse.

The time to answer the urgent call for South Asian Amer­i­can jus­tice is now. Please stand with us as we take on the enor­mous chal­lenges ahead. Will you make a con­tri­bu­tion to our work?


With your support, we can push back against hate so that our com­mu­ni­ties can enjoy the free­doms and rights owed to all Amer­i­cans. With your con­tri­bu­tion, we can help make Amer­i­ca bet­ter for us all.

Please donate as gen­er­ous­ly as you can today.

With deter­mi­na­tion,
Suman Raghu­nathan,
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT

Our Impact. Your Voice.


Dear Friend,

In a year defined by hate, where our com­mu­ni­ties have suf­fered his­toric lev­els of vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric nation­wide, SAALT worked even hard­er to ensure our com­mu­ni­ties’ voic­es were heard loud­er and far­ther than ever before.

With your help, we've made significant strides.

In 2016, we tracked over 220 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic rhetoric against our com­mu­ni­ties. In the com­ing weeks we will release a report to pol­i­cy­mak­ers, law enforce­ment, and the new admin­is­tra­tion to make sure they ful­ly under­stand the extent to which our com­mu­ni­ties are under attack.  We will demand that the gov­ern­ment use its full pow­er to ensure our com­mu­ni­ties are pro­tect­ed, not tar­get­ed or ignored.

In 2016 we ter­mi­nat­ed a 7‑year rela­tion­ship with South­west Air­lines due to repeat­ed inci­dents of racial pro­fil­ing against our com­mu­ni­ties on their flights. Doing so meant return­ing $10,000 in spon­sor­ship that sup­port­ed many of our vital pro­grams. At SAALT, we advance ideals of jus­tice and equal­i­ty, and live by them fierce­ly and faith­ful­ly.

One such pro­gram is the Young Lead­ers Insti­tute (YLI), which brings togeth­er 13 young adults to learn lead­er­ship skills, con­nect with activists, and devel­op prac­ti­cal tools and action plans to pro­tect immi­grant rights on and off cam­pus.  For 4 years SAALT has trained 72 young adults to take on the chal­lenges of the future, and with your sup­port we can con­tin­ue train­ing tomor­row’s lead­ers today.

Through our We Build Com­mu­ni­ty pro­gram, we pro­vid­ed $45,000 to four grass­roots South Asian Amer­i­can groups to sup­port and increase their capac­i­ty to fight for racial jus­tice and immi­grant rights across the coun­try.

We con­tin­ue to coor­di­nate and expand the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO), a group of 54 com­mu­ni­ty part­ners that fos­ter a broad­er move­ment for racial, gen­der, and immi­grant jus­tice.  The NCSO is the largest net­work of South Asian Amer­i­can orga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try, and is a cru­cial voice as we con­front the ongo­ing chal­lenges fac­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

These exam­ples reflect our increas­ing com­mit­ment to South Asian Amer­i­can jus­tice. We need your support so we can con­tin­ue defend­ing and demand­ing rights for our com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide.

Please donate today to sus­tain and expand our work on this long road ahead.  While the future may be uncer­tain, what you can be sure of is SAALT’s com­mit­ment to our com­mu­ni­ties, our part­ners, and our mis­sion.

Please stand with us today and donate as gen­er­ous­ly as you can.

With resolve and grat­i­tude,

Suman Raghu­nathan,
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT