Mission & Strategies

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.

We fulfill our mission through:

  • Advo­cat­ing for just and equi­table pub­lic poli­cies at the nation­al and local lev­el;
  • Strength­en­ing grass­roots South Asian orga­ni­za­tions as cat­a­lysts for com­mu­ni­ty change;
  • Inform­ing and influ­enc­ing the nation­al dia­logue on trends impact­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

SAALT is the only nation­al, staffed South Asian orga­ni­za­tion that advo­cates around issues affect­ing South Asian com­mu­ni­ties through a social jus­tice frame­work.

SAALT’s strate­gies include con­duct­ing pub­lic pol­i­cy analy­sis and advo­ca­cy; build­ing part­ner­ships with South Asian orga­ni­za­tions and allies; mobi­liz­ing com­mu­ni­ties to take action; and devel­op­ing lead­er­ship for social change.

Learn about SAALT’s his­to­ry here.

Guiding Principles

SAALT’s pro­grams are ground­ed in our guid­ing val­ues that stem from a view of the world that is based on social change and social jus­tice prin­ci­ples.

  • We use a pro­gres­sive social jus­tice frame­work in our analy­sis
  • We apply a move­ment build­ing, inter­sec­tion­al approach
  • We are root­ed in com­mu­ni­ty and believe in the val­ue of com­mu­ni­ty pow­er to spur change
  • We advo­cate for struc­tur­al change while work­ing with­in exist­ing pow­er sys­tems to make them just and inclu­sive

Core Strategies

  • Engage in nation­al lev­el pol­i­cy advo­ca­cy focused on hate vio­lence, immi­gra­tion, and civ­il rights and lib­er­ties, informed by our work and expe­ri­ence at the com­mu­ni­ty lev­el.
  • Build com­mu­ni­ty pow­er by part­ner­ing with and strength­en­ing the capac­i­ty of NCSO orga­ni­za­tions (and can­di­date orga­ni­za­tions for the NCSO) to impact state and local pol­i­cy.
  • Main­tain cri­sis and rapid response capac­i­ty where crit­i­cal gaps exist, and in ser­vice of advanc­ing our com­mu­ni­ties’ pri­or­i­ties.
  • Con­duct analy­sis and gath­er evi­dence on the chal­lenges and the pub­lic poli­cies that affect South Asians.
  • Artic­u­late a com­mu­ni­ca­tions strat­e­gy to ampli­fy SAALT’s brand and impact and shift nation­al dis­course about our com­mu­ni­ties.
  • Spear­head com­mu­ni­ty and con­stituen­cy edu­ca­tion on pri­or­i­ty issues and poli­cies impact­ing South Asian com­mu­ni­ties