South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
This weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to be in Selma, Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic march to galvanize support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (pictured Suman Raghunathan with fellow … Read more
South Asian American groups joined others in condemning new racial profiling guidelines that stop short of ending the extra scrutiny they must go through at airports.
South Asian Americans Leading Together, the Sikh Coalition, and the National Network for Arab American Communities all released coordinated, but separate statements saying the guidelines didn’t go far enough.… Read more
Reaction from Asian American civil rights groups and leaders remains overwhelmingly negative to the grand jury decision not to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown (Photo by Debra Sweet).
Many called for a national dialogue on racism and a Department of Justice inquiry into the matter.
“We continue to urge … Read more
White House officials Thursday announced the formation of a high-level task force to address hate violence nationwide, including violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern communities. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) applauded the announcement as a critical step forward for our communities nationwide. SAALT is deeply engaged in addressing … Read more
Deepa Iyer is the former executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together. She went to Ferguson this week to take part in the … Read more
Obama had promised to issue an executive order sometime near the end of summer, but the White House says that order will be delayed until after the November mid-term elections to avoid the … Read more
Salman Hamdani Way in Queens, NY is more than just a street, says long time civil rights activist Deepa Iyer.
Hamdani was one of the first responders to arrive at the World Trade Center on September 11.
But unlike other heroes of September 11 who perished saving others, his legacy was almost lost simply because … Read more
As is often the case these days, I found out about the shooting first on social media.
I didn’t hear it from traditional news outlet. I heard it from stunned individuals in the Muslim American … Read more
Just two months into her new job and the second Executive Director SAALT has ever had, Suman Raghunathan is traveling the country meeting the community she … Read more
South Asian Americans Leading Together or SAALT has named Suman Raghunathan its news executive director.
Raghunathan will take over from Deepa Iyer who has been with the organization for more than ten years and who will stay on as a strategic advisor in a consultancy role.
Raghunathan will begin her new position on February 3. … Read more