How To Prepare For An Uncertain Future

Dear Friend,

The weeks after the most divi­sive elec­tion in mod­ern Amer­i­can his­to­ry have left our com­mu­ni­ty shak­en.  Hun­dreds of inci­dents of hate vio­lence and intol­er­ance have been report­ed since Novem­ber 8, and SAALT has tracked more than 200 of these inci­dents even before Elec­tion Day.  From cam­pus­es to places of wor­ship, from air­plane cab­ins to the side­walks of Amer­i­ca, our com­mu­ni­ties con­tin­ue to be tar­gets. As we pre­pare for an uncer­tain future, we must look to our chil­dren to be the ambas­sadors of change.

We must support our young people to help solve these problems.

Young adults like  Nikhil Mandalaparthy, a stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go who came to Wash­ing­ton, DC as a part of SAALT’s Young Lead­ers Insti­tute (YLI) 2016–2017 cohort.  As a YLI Fel­low, Nikhil joined 11 oth­er young peo­ple in a two-day con­ven­ing where men­tors and activists took them through work­shops and activ­i­ties to strength­en their lead­er­ship skills.  This year’s theme was Build­ing Immi­grant Justice,and pro­vid­ed the cohort with prac­ti­cal tools and action plans to orga­nize with­in the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty while spot­light­ing undoc­u­ment­ed immi­grant rights.

Nikhil found this expe­ri­ence “eye-opening”, and believes “our efforts to have these important conversations in our communities can have a much greater impact than we could ever imagine.

"The theme of this year's YLI was Immigrant Justice, and after hearing
about the different projects we were hoping to execute on our campuses,
I was honestly in awe." -Nikhil Mandalaparthy, 2016-2017 YLI Fellow

In order for SAALT to con­tin­ue skills build­ing and com­mu­ni­ty train­ing for these young lead­ers of tomor­row, we need your support - Today!  The need is made even more urgent by our recent deci­sion to return $10,000 in spon­sor­ship funds to South­west Air­lines, mon­ey that helped sup­port our YLI pro­gram.  South­west employ­ees have been racial­ly pro­fil­ing South Asian, Mus­lim, and Arab pas­sen­gers in the last year, includ­ing at least five well-pub­li­cized inci­dents.

South­west ignored SAALT’s repeat­ed demands to address racial and reli­gious pro­fil­ing in their train­ing guide­lines and com­plaint pro­ce­dures.  Enough was enough, and we said goodbye to their sponsorship.

Now we need you! Please step up now as an indi­vid­ual stand­ing for equal­i­ty and jus­tice.  Any amount you can con­tribute that is mean­ing­ful to you would make a big dif­fer­ence.


Your gift supports young lead­ers as they chart out a path for a bet­ter future for our com­mu­ni­ties and coun­try.  Lead­ers like Nikhil, who believes that the Young Lead­ers Insti­tute “will serve as inspi­ra­tion to many more young South Asian Amer­i­cans, just as it did for me.”

With your help, we can ensure that our future is filled with young lead­ers who are inspired to work for South Asian jus­tice, and indeed jus­tice for all.  Please give today.

With resolve and grat­i­tude,

Suman Raghunathan,
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT