Celebrating 5 Years! Take Four!

To con­tin­ue our series cel­e­brat­ing five years since SAALT’s first staffed officed, today we fea­ture Mad­hur Bansal, SAALT’s Ameri­corps VISTA Devel­op­ment Assi­tant from 2006 to 2007:

“To me, SAALT rep­re­sents a col­lec­tive and pro­gres­sive voice for South Asians in the US. SAALT offers com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers a way to engage direct­ly in civic life and pub­lic pol­i­cy issues. In the next five years, I hope that SAALT con­tin­ues build­ing sup­port across the coun­try and that it can be the pri­ma­ry nation­al advo­cate for the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty in pub­lic affairs, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the upcom­ing debate over immi­gra­tion reform. I also hope that SAALT can expand by reach­ing even more com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers and get­ting them involved in its work.”

..and from Imrana Khera, for­mer SAALT staff mem­ber:

“I can’t believe it’s been five years already–Congratulations!  SAALT rep­re­sents the very diverse South Asian com­mu­ni­ty liv­ing in the Unit­ed States, a chal­leng­ing job for any orga­ni­za­tion.  SAALT push­es our com­mu­ni­ty for­ward by advo­cat­ing for change with­in a social jus­tice frame­work.  SAALT’s strength is its respect­ful and effec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion with orga­ni­za­tions that are work­ing with South Asian com­mu­ni­ty at a local lev­el across the coun­try.

My expec­ta­tion is that SAALT will con­tin­ue to grow over the next five years and con­tin­ue to affect change on behalf of our com­mu­ni­ty — through edu­ca­tion, pol­i­cy, and research — like the award-win­ning Rais­ing Our Voic­es DVD, through SAALT townhalls/community forums, and reports like Wash­ing­ton DeSi: South Asians in the Nation’s Cap­i­tal (July 2009).”