It’s Not Too Late To Push Back Against Hate


Dear Friend,

On Decem­ber 6, moments after leav­ing a pol­i­cy con­fer­ence at the White House, a taxi dri­ver called Min­neso­ta Rep­re­sen­ta­tive-Elect Ilhan Omar a mem­ber of “ISIS” and threat­ened to forcibly remove her hijab. Ms. Omar calls it the “most hate­ful, deroga­to­ry, Islam­o­pho­bic, sex­ist taunts and threats I have ever expe­ri­enced.”

A day ear­li­er in New York City, Soha Sala­ma, a Met­ro­pol­i­tan Trans­porta­tion Author­i­ty (MTA) employ­ee was harassed, called a “ter­ror­ist”, and pushed down a flight of stairs at Grand Cen­tral sub­way sta­tion. She was told to “go back” to her coun­try by her assailant dur­ing the attack.

Days ear­li­er in Pitts­burgh, Ankur Mehta was work­ing on his com­put­er in a Red Robin Restau­rant when a drunk­en man told him “things are dif­fer­ent now” and “I don’t want you sit­ting next to me.” He then pro­ceed­ed to use racial slurs such as “sandn****r” before strik­ing Mr. Mehta sev­er­al times with his fists and elbows.

These inci­dents occurred in a span of a lit­tle over one week. Sad­ly, there are many more. In 2016 SAALT tracked over 200 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric against our com­mu­ni­ties. These inci­dents have surged mas­sive­ly in the wake of the Pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

We need your support now more than ever to push back against hate.

In the com­ing weeks and months, SAALT will:

  • Release a detailed report to pol­i­cy­mak­ers and the media on hate inci­dents against South Asian, Mus­lim, and Arab Amer­i­cans dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion cycle to ful­ly illus­trate the extent to which our com­mu­ni­ties are under attack;
  • Orga­nize town hall meet­ings through­out the coun­try to under­stand the local con­cerns of our com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide;
  • Hold the 10th anniver­sary of our Nation­al South Asian Sum­mit where hun­dreds of thought lead­ers, orga­ni­za­tions, and activists from across the coun­try will come togeth­er to strate­gize on how to sup­port and defend our com­mu­ni­ties in this new and uncer­tain future. We will then take to Capi­tol Hill to engage with pol­i­cy­mak­ers and gov­ern­ment agen­cies en masse.

The time to answer the urgent call for South Asian Amer­i­can jus­tice is now. Please stand with us as we take on the enor­mous chal­lenges ahead. Will you make a con­tri­bu­tion to our work?


With your support, we can push back against hate so that our com­mu­ni­ties can enjoy the free­doms and rights owed to all Amer­i­cans. With your con­tri­bu­tion, we can help make Amer­i­ca bet­ter for us all.

Please donate as gen­er­ous­ly as you can today.

With deter­mi­na­tion,
Suman Raghu­nathan,
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT