United We Must Stand

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Dear Friend,

Each day that pass­es brings anoth­er dis­turb­ing inci­dent of hate vio­lence against our com­mu­ni­ties. In response, each day we are more unit­ed, orga­nized, and deter­mined in our pur­suit of jus­tice for South Asian Amer­i­cans and all.

On Decem­ber 19, SAALT host­ed a webi­nar on hate crimes with groups work­ing on the front lines of this strug­gle. Mem­bers of the Nation­al Coali­tion of South Asian Orga­ni­za­tions, the largest South Asian Amer­i­can net­work of com­mu­ni­ty-based advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tions, shared their insights on this urgent call, along with the San Fran­cis­co chap­ter of the Coun­cil of Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions, the nation’s largest Mus­lim civ­il lib­er­ties and advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tion. The Alliance of South Asians Tak­ing Action, a Bay Area all-vol­un­teer group, also joined to describe how they’re aggres­sive­ly doc­u­ment­ing local hate inci­dents for use as pub­lic evi­dence.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion and Depart­ment of Jus­tice also par­tic­i­pat­ed in this webi­nar, pro­vid­ing a vari­ety of insights into Amer­i­ca’s hate vio­lence prob­lem, as well as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to brain­storm solu­tions for the future.

This online event could­n’t have come soon­er. The FBI’s most recent Hate Crimes report revealed not only a 7% increase in hate crimes over­all, but also an alarm­ing 67% increase in hate crimes tar­get­ing Mus­lims. SAALT’s own data­base con­firms an uptick in hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric against our com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide in 2016, with inci­dents expect­ed to accel­er­ate in the new year.

SAALT will continue to push back against hate, but we need your help.

Big bat­tles require big sup­port. Please stand with SAALT as we take on the chal­lenges ahead. By donating today, SAALT can con­tin­ue track­ing hate, sup­port­ing our part­ners nation­wide, and demand­ing jus­tice and coop­er­a­tion from our gov­ern­ment.

With you by our side, we can make Amer­i­ca bet­ter, togeth­er.

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We can only do this with your sup­port. Stand with us today.

With deter­mi­na­tion,
Suman Raghu­nathan,
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, SAALT