Statement on New Zealand attack: Standing with our communities.

March 15, 2019

We all woke up today to the hor­ri­fy­ing news out of New Zealand. We are shak­en.

Our hearts are bro­ken.

We are mourn­ing and stand­ing with the vic­tims and fam­i­lies impact­ed by this act of mass vio­lence, and all our Mus­lim broth­ers and sis­ters world­wide. We offer our love, sup­port, and sol­i­dar­i­ty.

White suprema­cy, xeno­pho­bia, and Islam­o­pho­bia fueled the shooter’s attack, which killed 49 peo­ple in two mosques dur­ing Fri­day prayers in Christchurch.

As many of our com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers in the US go to Fri­day prayers in their local mosques today, we encour­age every­one to seek the sup­port they need. We’ve includ­ed a list of men­tal health resources and com­mu­ni­ty actions below.

Islam­o­pho­bia and white suprema­cy are a glob­al phe­nom­e­non. We know that Islam­o­pho­bia and its rip­ple effects in the US are real and con­tin­ue to deeply affect our com­mu­ni­ties’ safe­ty and sense of belong­ing in the US. More than one in four hate vio­lence inci­dents we doc­u­ment­ed in our Com­mu­ni­ties on Fire report were fueled by anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment.

We also know the pow­er of the polit­i­cal bul­ly pul­pit is real, and has a real impact. Of the hate vio­lence inci­dents we doc­u­ment­ed, one in five per­pe­tra­tors invoked Pres­i­dent Trump’s name, his administration’s poli­cies, or his cam­paign slo­gans as they vio­lent­ly attacked our com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers. We remain ever com­mit­ted to fight­ing Islam­o­pho­bia and white suprema­cy.

Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er, said, “Hous­es of wor­ship should be places of refuge and peace, not scenes of a mas­sacre. We are stand­ing with Mus­lim com­mu­ni­ties every­where as the world mourns and we seek to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe. As hard as it is not to cave into fear at times like these, we have no choice but to keep fight­ing against Islam­o­pho­bia in all its forms.”


Men­tal health sup­port from the Mus­lim Well­ness Foun­da­tion

NYC vig­il

Trag­ic Events toolk­it from the Fam­i­ly and Youth Insti­tute

Fundrais­er to sup­port the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims

SAALT 2018 Midterm Election Voter Guide

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is excit­ed to share our 2018 Midterm Elec­tion vot­er guide. In this crit­i­cal elec­tion year, South Asian Amer­i­cans have a stake in key pol­i­cy ques­tions that affect our com­mu­ni­ties. An impor­tant first step is under­stand­ing can­di­date stances on the issues that affect our com­mu­ni­ty so we can hold them account­able for their pol­i­cy posi­tions and values—regardless of their par­ty affil­i­a­tion.

SAALT’s vot­er guide presents pol­i­cy posi­tions and val­ues of can­di­dates in the twen­ty Con­gres­sion­al dis­tricts with the high­est num­ber of South Asian Amer­i­cans in the coun­try. This guide also includes two addi­tion­al races that fea­ture a South Asian Amer­i­can can­di­date and a Con­gres­sion­al dis­trict whose Mem­ber holds a lead­er­ship posi­tion in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Each race shows the Demo­c­ra­t­ic and Repub­li­can can­di­date posi­tions on the issues of Immi­gra­tion, Civ­il Rights, Hate Crimes, and the 2020 Cen­sus based on a series of ques­tions. If your Con­gres­sion­al dis­trict is not fea­tured in this guide, we encour­age you to use the ques­tions below to eval­u­ate the can­di­dates in your dis­trict. Scroll down, click through, read up, and even reach out to can­di­dates your­self before you go to the polls on Novem­ber 6th!

Are you mobi­liz­ing South Asian Amer­i­can vot­ers for the 2018 Midterm Elec­tions? Print and share this fly­er to eas­i­ly access SAALT’s non-par­ti­san Vot­er Guide.

Meet the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO)

Meet the 60 mem­bers of the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO), the nation’s largest net­work of com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tions that believe in com­mon prin­ci­ples relat­ed to social change, and that pro­vide ser­vices to, work with, con­vene, orga­nize and advo­cate for South Asians in the Unit­ed States.

Young Leaders Institute (YLI)

SAALT’s Young Lead­ers Insti­tute (YLI) is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for under­grad­u­ate stu­dents and oth­er young adults to build lead­er­ship skills, con­nect with activists and men­tors, and explore social change strate­gies around issues that affect South Asian and immi­grant com­mu­ni­ties in the U.S. The 2018–2019 YLI cohort will iden­ti­fy strate­gies and craft projects to sup­port those high­ly impact­ed at their aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions and/or local South Asian com­mu­ni­ties. We encour­age projects that cen­ter and uplift caste oppressed, undoc­u­ment­ed, work­ing class and poor, Mus­lim, and Sikh groups. All projects should also incor­po­rate a civic engage­ment and social media com­po­nent.