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.

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"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.

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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