SAALT

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SAALT is South Asian Americans Leading Together.

Staff

As of January 2018;[1]

Board of Directors

As of January 2018;[2]

Council of Advisors

As of January 2018;[3]

Meeting with Tammy Duckworth

Chirayu Patel and HANA Center executive director Inhe Choi met with Tammy Duckworth on January 18 2018

Chirayu Patel and HANA Center executive director Inhe Choi met with Tammy Duckworth on January 18 2018. In a tweet, Patel wrote:

"Just met with @SenDuckworth and staff to share my story as an Undocumented American. They promised to pass #DreamAct ASAP. Thanks to @HANACenter & @SAALTweets SAALT for support and highlighting importance of #FamilyReunification in our immigration policy. #NoDreamNoDeal"[4]

AAPI defend DACA

On August 31 2017, numerous Asian advocacy groups (AAPI groups) organized in front of the White House to advocate for illegal immigration:[5]

"Leaders from national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations will gather in support of immigrants to urge President Trump to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The president has threatened to end the program, which would put approximately 800,000 young people at risk of losing their ability to get an education, work and contribute to their communities.

WHO: DACA Beneficiaries

SAALT Congressional Briefing on Hate Violence

March 23, 2017, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian civil rights organization, held a Congressional briefing to address the uptick in hate violence nationwide and highlight recommendations for change, as outlined in our recent report, “Power, Pain, Potential.” SAALT was joined by eight members of Congressional leadership and community partners in an urgent discussion on combatting the surge in hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern Americans across the country.

“As President Trump continues to test fire Muslim bans, this administration appears intent on intensifying efforts to ignore and provoke hate violence,” stated Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “The President has a sworn duty to protect the rights and safety of all Americans. Today’s briefing with Congressional leaders is an important step in making sure President Trump doesn’t escape his responsibilities.”

Our communities have experienced devastating violence in recent months, including deadly shootings in Kansas and Washington State, numerous arson attacks and vandalism of mosques, businesses, and homes nationwide, and mounting fear by our communities across the country.

“SAALT stands ready to work with Congressional leaders to fight hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric impacting our communities across the country,” stated Ms. Raghunathan. “South Asian Americans are the most rapidly growing demographic group, and we are committed to policies at all levels that reinforce the place our communities have in our nation now and as we continue to grow.”

Honorary Co-Chairs of the briefing included: Senator Mazie Hirono (HI); Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT); Senator Ben Cardin (MD)

Member Co-Sponsors of the briefing included: Congressmembers Keith Ellison, Andre Carson; Raul Grijalva; Ami Bera; Grace Meng; Mark Takano; Pramila Jayapal; Raja Krishnamoorthi; Ro Khanna. Judy Chu also attended.

Partner organizations include: Sikh Coalition, Washington Peace Center/D.C. Justice for Muslims Coalition, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Arab American Institute.[6]

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