The National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) is a thriving ecosystem of South Asian organizations in the U.S., working collaboratively to develop advocacy strategies, policy actions, and community enrichment opportunities. Originally formed in 2007 as a network facilitated by SAALT to foster collaboration across shared South Asian identity, the NCSO has been reorganized since 2020 to work towards abolition of harmful systems impacting our communities through unlearning — of caste supremacy, of carceral complexes, of ongoing colonialism.
Starting in 2022, the NCSO is building towards a federated model that prioritizes decentralized and democratic decision-making and explicitly analyzes power dynamics as they exist and affect South Asian organizers and communities. This shifts SAALT’s role from being a facilitator of the coalition to working horizontally and in equal collaboration with all other NCSO members.
If you belong to a South Asian organization, or would like to join or support a South Asian organization, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can connect you with local allies and share more information about what it means to belong to the NCSO.