Deepa Iyer, Executive Director on Apr 28 Applied Research Conference Call “Race in Review: The First 100 Days”

Check out Deepa Iyer, SAALT’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor on Tues­day’s ARC call “Race in Review: The First 100 Days”. The call is at 4pm EST/3pm CST/1 pm PST. Learn more (and RSVP!) here <http://www.arc.org/content/view/594/1/>

DC Muslim Film Festival — “Art Under Fire”

On Wednes­day, I had the chance to check out Sounds of Silence, one of the films being shown as part of the DC Mus­lim Film Fes­ti­val that is SAALT is co-spon­sor­ing. The film fes­ti­val is being coor­di­nat­ed by the Amer­i­can Islam­ic Con­gress and Project Nur to show­case dif­fer­ent aspects of the Mus­lim world through film. Sounds of Silence is an excep­tion­al and eye-open­ing film that pro­files artists in Iran who are fight­ing to find a way to express them­selves through music under the guide­lines of the Min­istry Of Islam­ic Guid­ance or Ershad. The film high­lights the under­ground music scene in Tehran and plays out an in depth inter­view with the jour­nal­ist who is heav­i­ly involved in this move­ment. For me, the film allowed me to real­ize the intense need for a cre­ative out­let dur­ing dif­fi­cult times and the impor­tance of music as it fills this role. I encour­age you to check out this film and the artists fea­tured in it.

The DC Mus­lim Film Fes­ti­val will be air­ing The War­rior next week:

Thursday, March 12th at 8:30pm in Grand Ballroom at George Washington University

**Spe­cial Per­for­mances by: Capoeira Malês DC (Doing Capoeira–a Brazil­ian Mar­tial Art) & MOKSHA (Pre­sent­ing a Clas­si­cal Indi­an Bharatanatyam Dance) AND Free Hen­na Paint­ing**

For SAALT-ines in the Washington, DC Area

Home to the fifth largest South Asian pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try accord­ing to the 2000 Cen­sus, the Wash­ing­ton, DC area is a hotbed of desi cul­ture. We’ve got gurud­waras, mosques, tem­ples and desi gro­ceries galore. SAALT is col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Legal Resource Cen­ter (APALRC) to learn more about South Asians who live and work in the Dis­trict through the South Asian Com­mu­ni­ty Empow­er­ment Project and we are look­ing for vol­un­teers!

So what do vol­un­teers do, you ask?

It’s sim­ple, vol­un­teers con­duct street-side sur­veys of South Asians in Wash­ing­ton, DC. You’ll be col­lect­ing infor­ma­tion that sim­ply isn’t out there right now about the com­mu­ni­ty here in DC and learn­ing about your fel­low Dis­trict natives. All vol­un­teers will be trained in sur­vey­ing and com­mu­ni­ty work. Want to vol­un­teer? email Maha Khan at maha@saalt.org and we hope to see you out there!

Also, we’re going to be writ­ing more about this as it gets clos­er but the Nation­al South Asian Sum­mit is hap­pen­ing, right here in DC, from April 24–26. This is an excit­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents, pro­fes­sion­als, activists (real­ly, every­one!) to make con­nec­tions and strate­gize around empow­er­ing the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty. More details to come, but we’re look­ing at a lot of excit­ing speak­ers and guests, so reg­is­ter today!