SAALT welcomes the We Build Community 2017–2018 cohort

From June 14–16, South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) coor­di­nat­ed the fourth year of We Build Com­mu­ni­ty (WBC), our sig­na­ture capac­i­ty and skills-build­ing pro­gram that brings togeth­er four diverse com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tions from across the coun­try to par­tic­i­pate in a year-long series of work­shops, train­ings, and ongo­ing tech­ni­cal assis­tance to sup­port, deep­en, and strength­en their work. As part of the WBC pro­gram, each orga­ni­za­tion is pro­vid­ed a sub-grant to sup­port and build their civic engage­ment capac­i­ty that con­nects South Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties with broad­er move­ments for racial, immi­grant, and gen­der jus­tice.

This year’s WBC cohort includes Asha Kiran, India Home, Jakara Move­ment, and Sap­na NYC, four social change orga­ni­za­tions and mem­bers of the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions who have devel­oped inno­v­a­tive and thought­ful projects to mobi­lize our com­mu­ni­ties via effec­tive civic engage­ment. Learn more about their respec­tive WBC projects here.

In June, WBC par­tic­i­pants engaged in three days of work­shops led by SAALT staff and train­ers on immi­grant jus­tice, cam­paign build­ing, com­mu­ni­ty assess­ments, the pow­er of data, fundrais­ing, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. SAALT thanks the train­ers who pro­vid­ed vital insights at the WBC con­ven­ing, includ­ing Lind­say Schu­bin­er (Cen­ter for New Com­mu­ni­ty); Ter­ri John­son (Cen­ter for New Com­mu­ni­ty); Rad­ha Modi; and Kaa­jal Shah (K Shah Con­sult­ing).

“It’s been real­ly excit­ing to be part of the We Build Com­mu­ni­ty cohort and meet oth­er orga­ni­za­tions work­ing through­out the coun­try,” stat­ed Tehmi­na Bro­hi, Direc­tor of Advo­ca­cy and Eco­nom­ic Empow­er­ment, Sap­na NYC. “One part of Sap­na NYC’s mis­sion is build­ing a col­lec­tive voice for change and We Build Com­mu­ni­ty is one of the begin­nings of build­ing that col­lec­tive voice for change.”

Tehmi­na Bro­hi dis­cuss­es Sap­na NYC’s mis­sion and how We Build Com­mu­ni­ty helps cre­ate a col­lec­tive voice for change.

Lak­sh­man Kalas­a­pu­di, Deputy Direc­tor of India Home, an orga­ni­za­tion that serves New York City’s Indi­an and larg­er South Asian senior cit­i­zen immi­grant com­mu­ni­ty, not­ed, “Through what we learned at the We Build Com­mu­ni­ty con­ven­ing and through our grant project, we will def­i­nite­ly be able to fur­ther our mis­sion by expand­ing our own ser­vices and expand­ing our reach to South Asian old­er adults across our com­mu­ni­ties.”

SAALT would like to thank our sup­port­ers and donors who make the We Build Com­mu­ni­ty pro­gram pos­si­ble, and to our WBC cohort who con­tin­ue to inspire and hold the line for our com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide every day. Togeth­er, we are work­ing towards the goal of a more just and inclu­sive soci­ety in the Unit­ed States.

Please con­sid­er mak­ing a gen­er­ous dona­tion to SAALT today. Your help will ensure We Build Com­mu­ni­ty remains a key part of the long term goal of jus­tice for all Amer­i­cans.