Our nation is better than this.

Dear Friend,

Last week I spoke out against the Pres­i­den­t’s divi­sive and un-Amer­i­can Exec­u­tive Orders that built walls, banned Mus­lims, reject­ed refugees, deprived sanc­tu­ar­ies, and expand­ed sur­veil­lance on Mus­lim-Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties across the coun­try, all the while fail­ing to make us safer or greater. I wrote in response, “we must be better than this.”

The tens of thou­sands of peo­ple who took to the air­ports and air­waves, to the city streets and social media, to the court­rooms and Capi­tol Hill in protest of these orders con­firmed: we are better than this.

As a result, Pres­i­dent Trump’s xeno­pho­bic agen­da has met resis­tance.

This morn­ing I spoke at a press con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton D.C. with the Con­gres­sion­al Asian Pacif­ic Amer­i­can Cau­cus in oppo­si­tion to the Pres­i­den­t’s Exec­u­tive Orders. Part of my remarks focused on SAALT’s lat­est report, “Power, Pain, Potential,” which doc­u­ment­ed over 200 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric tar­get­ed at our com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the 2016 elec­tions. I also stat­ed that “These Exec­u­tive Orders sow fear in com­mu­ni­ties of col­or and make us all less safe. The cur­rent nation­al mes­sage resounds with exclu­sion and racism.”

As South Asian Amer­i­cans, we’ve been here before. In those dark days and months fol­low­ing 9/11, our com­mu­ni­ties were tar­get­ed, attacked, and leg­is­lat­ed against at unprece­dent­ed lev­els. We can­not let his­to­ry repeat itself. Never again.

As SAALT con­tin­ues to demand equal­i­ty, jus­tice, and full inclu­sion for all Amer­i­cans, and as we push back against the anti-Mus­lim, anti-immi­grant, anti-Amer­i­can agen­da of the Trump admin­is­tra­tion, we ask you to please stand with us.

As we con­tin­ue track­ing hate and work­ing with our part­ners in the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions to demand our rights, we ask you to please stand with us.

As we host the 10-year anniver­sary of the Nation­al South Asian Sum­mit in Wash­ing­ton D.C. this April, where hun­dreds of orga­ni­za­tions and activists will come togeth­er to build skills, con­nect with pol­i­cy­mak­ers, and strate­gize on how to claim our pow­er through col­lec­tive action, we ask you to please stand with us.

As our coun­try con­tin­ues to change shape and many of you fear that the worst is yet to come, we ask you to please stand with us. We promise you, our best is also yet to come. Support SAALT today.

In strength and part­ner­ship,

Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT