Milestones

2014

  • NCSO: Reach­es 49 mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions.
  • Campus Sessions: Estab­lish­es cam­pus ses­sions in order to cre­ate lead­er­ship oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­lege stu­dents.
  • DACA: Releas­es fly­ers shar­ing sto­ries of DACA­ment­ed youth to inspire more eli­gi­ble South Asians to apply for DACA, and to push gov­ern­ment offi­cials to sup­port the pro­gram.
  • Immigration townhall: Hosts a fol­low-up town­hall in Chica­go to dis­cuss how com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers can get involved with immi­gra­tion reform.
  • Young Leaders Institute: Hosts the third annu­al Insti­tute, bring­ing 13 stu­dents from across the U.S. to D.C. to dis­cuss LGBTQ jus­tice and ally­ship.
  • Communications: Reach­es over 3,000 Face­book likes and Twit­ter fol­low­ers.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the fif­teenth annu­al day of ser­vice, bring­ing togeth­er over 2,000 vol­un­teers that par­tic­i­pat­ed in close to 7,000 hours of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice through­out the U.S.
  • Oak Creek, WI: Staff mem­bers attend the sec­ond anniver­sary 6K, host­ed by the Sikh Tem­ple of Wis­con­sin.
  • Under Suspicion, Under Attack: Releas­es report explor­ing an increased amount of xeno­pho­bic rhetoric from polit­i­cal fig­ures, along with inci­dents of hate against MASA com­mu­ni­ties.
  • Freedom Summer: Hosts a free screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary Free­dom Sum­mer in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the AFL-CIO. Free­dom Sum­mer doc­u­ments the sum­mer of 1964 when civ­il rights activists worked to increased vot­er reg­is­tra­tion num­bers for the African Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty in Mis­sis­sip­pi.
  • Hate Crimes Interagency Initiative: Sup­port­ed the devel­op­ment of a fed­er­al hate crimes inter­a­gency ini­tia­tive, which will work to address hate vio­lence includ­ing vio­lence aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern com­mu­ni­ties.
  • We Build CommunityLeads sec­ond bien­ni­al capac­i­ty-build­ing train­ing for mem­bers of the NCSO with a focus on LGBTQ jus­tice and ally­ship.

2013

  • DACA: Releas­es infor­ma­tion­al fly­er for com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to learn about eli­gi­bil­i­ty, and how to apply, for DACA; fly­er is trans­lat­ed into Hin­di, Urdu, and Ben­gali.
  • National South Asian Summit: Coor­di­nates fourth bien­ni­al Sum­mit, gath­er­ing over 375 com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers in D.C.
  • Civic Education townhalls: Hosts town­halls in Detroit and Hous­ton regard­ing race and chal­lenges faced by the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty.
  • Communications: Reach­es over 2,000 Twit­ter fol­low­ers.
  • NCSO: Reach­es 41 mem­ber orga­ni­za­tions.
  • Immigration townhalls: Hosts town­halls in D.C., Chica­go, Jer­sey City, and the Bay Area to dis­cuss updates in immi­gra­tion reform and to share sto­ries from com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers.
  • Young Leaders Institute: Hosts sec­ond annu­al Insti­tute; bring 15 stu­dents from across the U.S. togeth­er to dis­cuss bias-based bul­ly­ing.
  • Oak Creek, WI: Staff mem­bers attend the first annu­al anniver­sary 6K, host­ed by the Sikh Tem­ple of Wis­con­sin.
  • Post-9/11 Timeline: Pub­lish­es a work­ing time­line com­pil­ing events start­ing on Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001, and record­ing events that have impact­ed MASA com­mu­ni­ties since then.
  • Immigration Priorities: Releas­es fact sheet on immi­gra­tion pri­or­i­ties for South Asian com­mu­ni­ties in the U.S.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates four­teenth annu­al day of ser­vice; over 3,000 vol­un­teers across the coun­try par­tic­i­pate in over 6,000 hours of ser­vice.

2012

  • End Racial Profiling Act: Pub­lish­es fact­sheet on pro­fil­ing, its impacts on the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty, and how South Asians can be pro­tect­ed by the pas­sage of the End Racial Pro­fil­ing Act (ERPA).
  • Demographic Snapshot: Releas­es fact­sheet doc­u­ment­ing the South Asian pop­u­la­tion in the Unit­ed States.
  • In Our Own WordsReleas­es report on the nar­ra­tives of New York South Asians and the impacts of racial and reli­gious pro­fil­ing on their com­mu­ni­ties.
  • Communications: Reach­es over 2,000 Face­book likes.
  • We Build CommunityLeads first bien­ni­al capac­i­ty-build­ing train­ing for mem­bers of the NCSO in the fun­da­men­tals of non-prof­it work.
  • Young Leaders InstituteBrings togeth­er South Asian youth lead­ers for the first annu­al Young Lead­ers Insti­tute.
  • Peter King: Responds to Rep. Peter King’s hear­ings on the rad­i­cal­iza­tion of the Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ty.
  • Advocated for Community EmpowermentFourth train­ing is held for cohort of sev­en women-led orga­ni­za­tions in the South Asian Com­mu­ni­ty.
  • “An America for All of Us”Cam­paign against post 9/11 back­lash, hate crimes, and inequal­i­ty.
  • Senior Needs Assessment: In col­lab­o­ra­tion with ASHA, SAALT con­ducts a com­mu­ni­ty needs assess­ment of seniors in Mont­gomery Coun­ty, MD.
  • Hate Crimes Hearing: Sup­ports the his­toric hate crimes hear­ing host­ed by Sen­a­tor Dick Durbin after the tragedy in Oak Creek, Wis­con­sin.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the thir­teenth annu­al day of ser­vice, bring­ing togeth­er over 3,000 vol­un­teers that par­tic­i­pat­ed in close to 5,000 hours of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice.
  • 2012 Presidential Election: Cre­ates pam­phlets for com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers on elec­tion guide­lines, how to get involved, and to ensure that com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers know their rights on Elec­tion Day; cre­ates Field Fel­low pro­gram, where fel­lows through­out the coun­try engage in out­reach to South Asians in their local areas through non-par­ti­san vot­er edu­ca­tion and reg­is­tra­tion dri­ves.

2011

  • National South Asian Summit: Coor­di­nates third bien­ni­al Sum­mit, brings over 250 com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to D.C.
  • New Jersey: Intro­duces and pass­es var­i­ous res­o­lu­tions in New Jer­sey about hate crimes and oth­er issues.
  • Mandeep Chahal:Helps pre­vent the depor­ta­tion of DREAM­er Man­deep Cha­hal.
  • Advocated for Community EmpowermentThird train­ing is held for cohort of five women-led orga­ni­za­tions in the South Asian Com­mu­ni­ty.
  • Foreclosures: Col­lab­o­rates with Chhaya CDC to release a “Know Your Rights” brochure after the fore­clo­sures.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the twelvth annu­al day of ser­vice.
  • NSEERS: Oba­ma Admin­is­tra­tion announces the end of the NSEERS pro­gram after years of advo­ca­cy from local, state, and nation­al groups, includ­ing SAALT.
  • SAALT Circles: Philadel­phia hosts its first SAALT Cir­cle.
  • Post 9/11: Works with allies to change lan­guage in the racial pro­fil­ing guid­ance after 9/11.
  • APAICS Gala: The exec­u­tive direc­tor, Deepa Iyer, receives the Com­mu­ni­ty Lead­er­ship Award from the Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Insti­tute for Con­gres­sion­al Stud­ies (APAICS).
  • Community ResiliencePresents the sto­ries of suc­cess, resis­tance, and resilience of indi­vid­u­als, orga­ni­za­tions, and com­mu­ni­ties in the decade after Sep­tem­ber 11th.

2010

  • From Macacas to Turban Toppers: Releas­es reports on xeno­pho­bic and racial slurs from polit­i­cal offi­cials.
  • Census: Launch­es the cen­sus-aware­ness cam­paign, cre­at­ing a fact­sheet address­ing how to fill out the cen­sus to ensure that it most accu­rate­ly reflects com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers’ racial and eth­nic iden­ti­ties.
  • Night of 1,000 Conversations: In sup­port of the Rights Work­ing Group cam­paign, con­ducts out­reach for the sec­ond Night of 1,000 Con­ver­sa­tions, a casu­al, inti­mate event for peo­ple around the coun­try to dis­cuss racial pro­fil­ing.
  • SAALT Circles: D.C. hosts its first SAALT Cir­cle.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the eleventh annu­al day of ser­vice, bring­ing togeth­er over 3,500 vol­un­teers that par­tic­i­pat­ed in over to 12,000 hours of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice through­out the U.S.

2009

  • Briefing: Co-coor­di­nates brief­ing to Con­gress on the Reunit­ing Fam­i­lies Act.
  • Advocated for Community Empowerment: Sec­ond train­ing is held for cohort of five women-led orga­ni­za­tions in the South Asian Com­mu­ni­ty in 2009 – 2010.
  • National South Asian Summit: Coor­di­nates sec­ond bien­ni­al Sum­mit, bring­ing over 200 com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers to D.C.
  • D.C. Desi Summer: Venue for South Asian youth to talk about social jus­tice and South Asian issues.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the tenth annu­al day of ser­vice, bring­ing togeth­er over 2,800 vol­un­teers that par­tic­i­pat­ed in close to 7,000 hours of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice through­out the U.S.

2008

  • Visibility Award: Receives Vis­i­bil­i­ty Award from D.C. LGBTIQ and ally orga­ni­za­tions.
  • National Action AgendaRelease of agen­da by the NCSO, which lays out a com­pre­hen­sive pol­i­cy plat­form for stake­hold­ers, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, and pol­i­cy mak­ers.
  • National Coalition of South Asian OrganizationsFound­ing of the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO), with 34 groups coor­di­nat­ed by SAALT.
  • Policy Briefs: Con­ducts pol­i­cy brief­in­gs for the staff of sen­a­tors Oba­ma and McCain.
  • Advocated for Community Empowerment: Hosts first train­ing for cohort of five women-led orga­ni­za­tions in the South Asian Com­mu­ni­ty.
  • Naturalization: Release of trans­lat­ed brochure on changes in the nat­u­ral­iza­tion process.
  • Trenton, NJ Briefing: Brief­ing in Tren­ton NJ state house about South Asians.
  • Michigan Roundtable: Holds a round­table in Michi­gan.
  • Gulf Coast: SAALT joins the cam­paign for jus­tice on behalf of Indi­an work­ers who were exploit­ed on the Gulf Coast.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the ninth annu­al day of ser­vice, bring­ing togeth­er over 2,000 vol­un­teers that par­tic­i­pat­ed in close to 4,000 hours of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice through­out the U.S.
  • New Jersey Issue Briefs: Release of New Jer­sey “issue briefs” about con­cerns affect­ing South Asians in New Jer­sey.
  • Organizational update: Changes name to “South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er.”

2007

  • National South Asian SummitCoor­di­nates first bien­ni­al Sum­mit, a gath­er­ing of 150 indi­vid­u­als in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. for a con­gres­sion­al brief­ing and work­shops on advo­ca­cy and oth­er top­ics.
  • Racial Justice Campaign: Par­tic­i­pates in a racial jus­tice cam­paign to end Oper­a­tion Meth Mer­chant in Geor­gia.
  • Night of 1,000 Conversations: In sup­port of the Rights Work­ing Group cam­paign, con­ducts out­reach for the Night of 1,000 Con­ver­sa­tions, a casu­al, inti­mate event for peo­ple around the coun­try to dis­cuss the val­ues of due process, inclu­sion, and fair­ness that need to be at the core of any immi­gra­tion reform.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the eighth annu­al day of ser­vice, bring­ing togeth­er over 1,000 vol­un­teers that par­tic­i­pat­ed in close to 2,000 hours of com­mu­ni­ty ser­vice through­out the U.S.
  • Immigration: Tes­ti­fies before the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Sub­com­mit­tee on Immi­gra­tion, Refugees, and Cit­i­zen­ship about immi­gra­tion reform and UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teur about civ­il and immi­grant rights issues.
  • SAALT CirclesLaunch­es SAALT cir­cles.
  • Building Community Strength: Releas­es nation­al report on South Asian orga­ni­za­tions enti­tled “Build­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Strength.”

2006

  • Membership: Becomes a mem­ber of Rights Work­ing Group, the Nation­al Coali­tion of Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­cans, and Deten­tion Watch Net­work.
  • Immigration: SAALT’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor speaks at an immi­grant rights ral­ly in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.
  • Community Project: Begins a com­mu­ni­ty empow­er­ment project in New Jer­sey.
  • Chai Chats: Estab­lish­es Chai Chats, infor­mal con­ver­sa­tions host­ed to dis­cuss needs and chal­lenges in the South Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ty
  • Civic Engagement: Par­tic­i­pates in Asian Amer­i­can Legal Defense Edu­ca­tion Fund (AALDEF)’s annu­al elec­tion mon­i­tor­ing project, and releas­es a report about South Asian par­tic­i­pa­tion in the elec­tion.
  • Member Drive: Launch­es its first indi­vid­ual mem­ber dri­ve. As of Sep­tem­ber 2008 SAALT has an indi­vid­ual base of over 400 dues-pay­ing sup­port­ers.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the sev­enth annu­al day of ser­vice, bring­ing togeth­er over 2,000 vol­un­teers in over 30 loca­tions through­out the U.S.
  • SAALT ExchangesTake place in San Fran­cis­co and Hous­ton.

2005

  • Hello Takoma!: Moves to the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. area in Tako­ma Park, MD. This is an immi­grant sanc­tu­ary city that offers vot­ing rights to non-cit­i­zens.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the sixth annu­al day of ser­vice.
  • SAALT ExchangesDevel­ops and imple­ments com­mu­ni­ty dia­logues to ass the land­scape and iden­ti­fy com­mu­ni­ty needs in Edi­son, NJ; Philadel­phia; Chica­go; and New York City.

2004

  • Strategic Plan: Com­pletes strate­gic plan to guide the orga­ni­za­tion and pro­grams for the next three years; capac­i­ty-build­ing and coali­tion-build­ing are added to the strate­gies.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the fifth annu­al day of ser­vice.
  • First full-time staffing: Receives a grant that enables the open­ing an office in New York City and hir­ing staff, includ­ing SAALT’s first exec­u­tive direc­tor.

2003

  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the fourth annu­al day of ser­vice.

2002

  • Raising Our Voices: Releas­es a 26 minute doc­u­men­tary, which includes inter­views and infor­ma­tion about hate crimes pre- and post‑9/11. It is shown in over 100 venues.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the third annu­al day of ser­vice.

2001

  • Press Conference: Par­tic­i­pates in a nation­al press con­fer­ence with civ­il and immi­gra­tion rights groups at the Japan­ese Amer­i­can memo­r­i­al in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to call for an end to the back­lash.
  • American Backlash: Releas­es the first SAALT report about bias inci­dents against South Asians, Arab Amer­i­cans, Mus­lims, and Sikhs in the first week after 9/11.
  • September 11th, 2001: With­in days, an unprece­dent­ed wave of hate crimes, back­lash, dis­crim­i­na­tion, and pro­fil­ing begin to affect the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the sec­ond annu­al day of ser­vice.
  • Policy Advice: Pro­vides guid­ance to gov­ern­ment agen­cies and con­gres­sion­al mem­bers about the impact of poli­cies such as spe­cial reg­is­tra­tion, deten­tion, inter­ro­ga­tions, and pro­fil­ing.
  • Mission Pivot: Expands mis­sion to include strate­gies such as pol­i­cy analy­sis, advo­ca­cy, and com­mu­ni­ty edu­ca­tion.

2000

  • SAALT: South Asian Lead­ers of Tomor­row is found­ed with a focus on lead­er­ship devel­op­ment.
  • Be the Change: Coor­di­nates the first annu­al day of ser­vice in hon­or of Mahat­ma Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”