Our Impact. Your Voice.

2016-impact-snapshot

Dear Friend,

In a year defined by hate, where our com­mu­ni­ties have suf­fered his­toric lev­els of vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric nation­wide, SAALT worked even hard­er to ensure our com­mu­ni­ties’ voic­es were heard loud­er and far­ther than ever before.

With your help, we've made significant strides.

In 2016, we tracked over 220 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic rhetoric against our com­mu­ni­ties. In the com­ing weeks we will release a report to pol­i­cy­mak­ers, law enforce­ment, and the new admin­is­tra­tion to make sure they ful­ly under­stand the extent to which our com­mu­ni­ties are under attack.  We will demand that the gov­ern­ment use its full pow­er to ensure our com­mu­ni­ties are pro­tect­ed, not tar­get­ed or ignored.

In 2016 we ter­mi­nat­ed a 7‑year rela­tion­ship with South­west Air­lines due to repeat­ed inci­dents of racial pro­fil­ing against our com­mu­ni­ties on their flights. Doing so meant return­ing $10,000 in spon­sor­ship that sup­port­ed many of our vital pro­grams. At SAALT, we advance ideals of jus­tice and equal­i­ty, and live by them fierce­ly and faith­ful­ly.

One such pro­gram is the Young Lead­ers Insti­tute (YLI), which brings togeth­er 13 young adults to learn lead­er­ship skills, con­nect with activists, and devel­op prac­ti­cal tools and action plans to pro­tect immi­grant rights on and off cam­pus.  For 4 years SAALT has trained 72 young adults to take on the chal­lenges of the future, and with your sup­port we can con­tin­ue train­ing tomor­row’s lead­ers today.

Through our We Build Com­mu­ni­ty pro­gram, we pro­vid­ed $45,000 to four grass­roots South Asian Amer­i­can groups to sup­port and increase their capac­i­ty to fight for racial jus­tice and immi­grant rights across the coun­try.

We con­tin­ue to coor­di­nate and expand the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions (NCSO), a group of 54 com­mu­ni­ty part­ners that fos­ter a broad­er move­ment for racial, gen­der, and immi­grant jus­tice.  The NCSO is the largest net­work of South Asian Amer­i­can orga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try, and is a cru­cial voice as we con­front the ongo­ing chal­lenges fac­ing our com­mu­ni­ties.

These exam­ples reflect our increas­ing com­mit­ment to South Asian Amer­i­can jus­tice. We need your support so we can con­tin­ue defend­ing and demand­ing rights for our com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide.

Please donate today to sus­tain and expand our work on this long road ahead.  While the future may be uncer­tain, what you can be sure of is SAALT’s com­mit­ment to our com­mu­ni­ties, our part­ners, and our mis­sion.

Please stand with us today and donate as gen­er­ous­ly as you can.

With resolve and grat­i­tude,

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Suman Raghu­nathan,
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT