Celebrating 5 Years! Take One!

From Aparna Kothary, our for­mer Devel­op­ment and Fundrais­ing VISTA (2007–2009):

“I start­ed work­ing at SAALT right after col­lege and it served as my intro­duc­tion to both the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty and the broad­er social jus­tice move­ment. Along the way I met pas­sion­ate indi­vid­u­als who con­tin­ue to inspire me to remain engaged in this com­mu­ni­ty, the non-prof­it sec­tor, and the move­ment. I see SAALT con­tin­u­ing to serve as a hub for the Souh Asian com­mu­ni­ty through the NCSO, local capac­i­ty-build­ing, and pol­i­cy work. It is also my hope that sup­port from the com­mu­ni­ty increas­es over the next five years through mem­ber­ship and involve­ment.”

From Priya Murthy, our Pol­i­cy Direc­tor:

“I first got involved with SAALT almost four years ago as part of the Be the Change nation­al day of ser­vice. Hand­ing out know your rights brochures to taxi cab dri­vers at Union Sta­tion in Wash­ing­ton, DC, I knew that this was a pro­gres­sive South Asian orga­ni­za­tion that I want­ed to be a part of. Over the past few years, SAALT has made a tremen­dous impact on my life. It has meant con­nect­ing with a diverse and strong South Asian com­mu­ni­ty as we advo­cate for pol­i­cy change. It has meant being inspired by the tire­less work that local orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers do every­day. It has meant work­ing with fierce allies from oth­er com­mu­ni­ties as we strive for immi­grant and civ­il rights. As our com­mu­ni­ty grows in the next five years (as I’m sure it will!), I am excit­ed to see where SAALT will go in work­ing with the com­mu­ni­ty and fos­ter­ing a space for South Asian empow­er­ment.”