11th Annual NCSO Convening & Advocacy Day

Join us this May for a powerful convergence of NCSO leaders in Washington, D.C.!

The Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO) Con­ven­ing will gath­er over 100 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from our NCSO part­ner orga­ni­za­tions on May 9, 2018 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. Not only will it pro­vide the oppor­tu­ni­ty to build NCSO strength through strat­e­gy shar­ing and prob­lem-solv­ing, but we will work col­lec­tive­ly to expand knowl­edge on poli­cies and leg­is­la­tion tar­get­ing our com­mu­ni­ties. We have also orga­nized space to enhance our skills relat­ed to advo­ca­cy as well as make for region­al and issue based cau­cus­es.

On May 10, 2018 we will head to Capi­tol Hill for Advo­ca­cy Day. NCSO mem­bers will con­nect with gov­ern­ment offi­cials and Mem­bers of Con­gress. You will have mul­ti­ple oppor­tu­ni­ties to engage with pol­i­cy mak­ers, from a morn­ing Con­gres­sion­al Brief­ing to one-on-one meet­ings with Con­gres­sion­al offices in the after­noon.

To learn more about the 2018 NCSO Con­ven­ing and Advo­ca­cy Day, please review our FAQ . Then, register to attend the Annual NCSO Convening and Advocacy Day where you can con­nect in per­son with NCSO mem­bers and be a part of build­ing our col­lec­tive pow­er!

FAQs: NCSO Convening & Advocacy Day 2018


Are the events acces­si­ble by pub­lic trans­porta­tion?

The NCSO Con­ven­ing will take place at the George­town Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. Advo­ca­cy Day will take place on Capi­tol Hill, and SAALT will pro­vide a shut­tle for all NCSO Con­ven­ing par­tic­i­pants to attend Advo­ca­cy Day.

What time are check-in and check-out at the George­town Con­fer­ence Cen­ter?

Check-in time to the Cen­ter is 4:00pm. Check-out time is 11:00am.

Are the events acces­si­ble for those with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties?

All event venues are acces­si­ble. Please con­tact almas@saalt.org with spe­cif­ic ques­tions or requests regard­ing phys­i­cal acces­si­bil­i­ty.

What is the dress code?

May 9th | NCSO Con­ven­ing: casual/business casu­al

May 10th | Advo­ca­cy Day: business/professional attire

 Will there be inter­preters avail­able for the events?

All events will be offered in Eng­lish. Reg­is­trants may request an inter­preter dur­ing the online reg­is­tra­tion process. For addi­tion­al in-lan­guage requests, please reach out to almas@saalt.org no lat­er than March 15, 2018.

 How will I get to the events?

The NCSO Con­ven­ing will take place at the George­town Con­fer­ence Cen­ter. Advo­ca­cy Day will take place on Capi­tol Hill, and SAALT will pro­vide a shut­tle for all NCSO Con­ven­ing par­tic­i­pants to attend Advo­ca­cy Day. Out­side of this, par­tic­i­pants are respon­si­ble for their pub­lic trans­porta­tion, taxi, and oth­er trav­el costs while attend­ing events.

Register here.


Call your Members of Congress to Oppose Government Spending that Expands Deportation & Mass Incarceration of Immigrants.

Don’t let your tax­pay­er dol­lars fund Pres­i­dent Trump’s anti-immi­grant agen­da. Join the AAPI Immi­grant Rights Orga­niz­ing Table and call your Members of Congress to Defund Hate & Keep Immi­grant Fam­i­lies Togeth­er. Script below.

This week, Con­gres­sion­al lead­er­ship is final­iz­ing nego­ti­a­tions on the gov­ern­ment spend­ing bill for Fis­cal Year 2018. Con­gress has con­sis­tent­ly failed to pro­vide a solu­tion for DACA recip­i­ents and undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grant youth, and now the White House and Con­gres­sion­al Repub­li­cans want bil­lions of dol­lars in increased fund­ing for the Depart­ment of Home­land Security—dollars that will fuel ICE and bor­der patrol’s deten­tion and depor­ta­tion machine and fur­ther mil­i­ta­rize the bor­der.

Specif­i­cal­ly, the White House bud­get asks for $21.5 billion for ICE and border patrol—which is $2.9 bil­lion more than last year. The White House’s anti-immi­grant bud­get wish list for 2018 includes $2.7 billion to build a wall and oth­er bor­der infra­struc­ture; fund­ing for 1,000 new ICE agents and 500 new Border Patrol agents to arrest and deport immi­grant fam­i­ly mem­bers; and fund­ing for 51,379 jail beds to detain immi­grants in pri­vate­ly-run pris­ons rife with mis­man­age­ment and abuse.

Dial 202-224-3121 now using the script below:

Sam­ple Script:

“Hel­lo, I am your con­stituent from [CITY/TOWN] and I strong­ly urge you to call for cuts to ICE and bor­der patrol’s bud­gets. Increased fund­ing for this mass depor­ta­tion force will increase deten­tion and depor­ta­tion of immi­grants, tear­ing fam­i­lies apart and fur­ther ter­ror­iz­ing and desta­bi­liz­ing immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties. Increased fund­ing for ICE and bor­der patrol is also more mon­ey to deport Dream­ers and TPS recip­i­ents who Con­gress has failed to pro­tect. Tell Con­gres­sion­al lead­er­ship to cut fund­ing for deten­tion beds, ICE and bor­der patro­la­gents, and say no to the wall. Instead pass a clean DREAM Act.”

In sol­i­dar­i­ty & part­ner­ship,

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.


Almas comes to SAALT as an expe­ri­enced grass­roots orga­niz­er and capac­i­ty builder. Her diverse port­fo­lio includes tenures with col­lec­tives, non-prof­its, and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, name­ly, the South Asian Net­work (SAN), the U.S. Depart­ment of State in their Edu­ca­tion and Cul­tur­al Affairs Bureau, Satrang (Los Ange­les, CA) and Khush D.C. (Wash­ing­ton, D.C.) Addi­tion­al­ly, she has also served on the steer­ing com­mit­tee of API Equal­i­ty-LA and the board of Nation­al Queer Asian Pacif­ic Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Almas most recent­ly served as the Racial Jus­tice and Equi­ty Com­mit­tee Chair for NQAPIA.

As SAALT’s Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ty Part­ner­ships, Almas will work to expand SAALT’s work at the region­al lev­el with our com­mu­ni­ty part­ners in the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO), par­tic­u­lar­ly around local advo­ca­cy and orga­niz­ing efforts.  She can be reached at almas@saalt.org


Mah­noor joins SAALT as our first Pol­i­cy Asso­ciate. Pri­or to this role, Mah­noor worked as a Pro­grams Asso­ciate at API­AVote, where she orga­nized AAPI youth in civic engage­ment efforts on cam­pus­es across the coun­try. She also interned at the Nation­al Immi­grant Wom­en’s Advo­ca­cy Project and the Glob­al Knowl­edge Ini­tia­tive, and explored the influ­ence of the South Asian dias­po­ra on the 2016 elec­tions in her under­grad­u­ate the­sis.

As SAALT’s Pol­i­cy Asso­ciate, Mah­noor will sup­port the devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion of SAALT’s leg­isla­tive, admin­is­tra­tive, and pub­lic pol­i­cy agen­da and activ­i­ties. Mah­noor can be reached at mahnoor@saalt.org