Washington D.C.: On Thursday, March 23rd, South Asian Americans Leading Together held the first in our series of national community town halls to discuss pressing issues for our communities including hate violence, immigration, and policies such as the “Muslim Ban”.
The recent spike in hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu communities is part of a dangerous trend electrified by the 2016 election cycle and the current administration. Speakers and community leaders included Arjun Sethi of the Georgetown University Law Center, Dr. Revathi Vikram from ASHA for Women, Shabab Ahmed Mirza of KhushDC, Darakshan Raja from Washington Peace Center, and Saba Ahmed from Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.
Panelists discussed the latest executive orders on immigration, the rising tide of hate violence nationwide, the history of violence impacting South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and LGBTQ communities, and local organizing efforts to defend rights and demand justice. Attendees also participated in a know your rights training on immigration and deportation defense as well as a question and answer session.
Below are some resources from the town hall that we hope you find useful:
- A Know Your Rights PowerPoint presentation against deportation prepared by the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition
- A pocket guide from the Council on American-Islamic Relations: “Knowing Your Rights and Responsibilities as an American Muslim”
- SAALT’s Community Guide on Hate Crimes
- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Know Your Rights pocket cards (prepared by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Sikh Family Center, and Maitri) in Bengali, Burmese, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, and Urdu languages.
For additional information on the town hall and how to host one in your community, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.