From SAALT: National South Asian Summit 2013



National South Asian Summit 2013

April 19-22 | Washington, DC 

Don’t miss out on Early Bird Registration for the
National South Asian Summit 2013
Deadline: March 1st

For less than $19 each day, you can: 

  • Build skills to deepen your organization’s work and your individual leadership
  • Connect with government officials and congressional offices
  • Expand your networks image
  • Strategize on how to advance a movement in pursuit of justice

Early bird registration through March 1: $75

General registration after March 1: $125

Please visit Summit 2013 to learn more about this biannual event,  then register to be one of hundreds of South Asian Advocates, community members, students, business leaders, and allies convening in our nation’s capital to work towards social change.

Changemakers Reception Keynote: Pramila Jayapal

ChangeMakers Reception

Friday, April 19, 2013

Location TBD


Pramila Jayapal is an activist, author and speaker with over 20 years of experience in social justice issues. Pramila founded and led OneAmerica, Washington state’s largest immigrant organizing and advocacy organization, for almost 11 years. Pramila is currently the Distinguished Taconic Fellow at the Center for Community Change and a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Washington Law School. Learn more about Pramila here.

The ChangeMakers Awards recognizes individuals, programs, and organizations that have made a significant impact on social justice in the South Asian community in the US.  Join us at theChangeMakers Reception to honor these agents of change in our community and to connect with fellow community members, leaders, and allies!

Registration for the ChangeMakers Reception is available through two great options:

  1. Summit 2013 registration: Summit 2013 registrants will have the opportunity to RSVP for the ChangeMakers Reception when they complete their Summit 2013 registration form. If you register for Summit 2013, you do not need to register or pay separately for the reception using the form mentioned in option 2 below. You can register for Summit 2013 here to take advantage of all events and sessions. Early bird registration is only $75 until March 1!    
  2. Reception-only registration: Can’t attend the entire Summit 2013, but interested in networking with fellow community members, leaders, and allies? Tickets for the ChangeMakers Reception ONLY are available for $50 and you can register and pay online here. Please note, this option does not include Summit 2013 registration. If you would like to register for Summit 2013-which includes the ChangeMakers Reception, Summit, and Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill-please use see this information instead.  

Are You Ready to Be the Change?

A National Day of Service coordinated by
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

What is Be the Change?

Be the Change is an annual national day of service, coordinated by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) that is held on campuses and in cities across the country. Be the Change is designed to meet Mahatma Gandhi’s inspirational challenge to “be the change you wish to see in the world” and provide opportunities for South Asian community members, advocates and allies to build community through service, develop leadership skills, and engage in social change. This year, Be the Change 2012 is on October 6th and SAALT wants you to be involved!

In 2011, over 2,500 people volunteered at over 130 service sites in 80 cities and campuses across the country. Get involved now to bring Be the Change to your community this October! 

Visit the Be the Change 2012 webpage for more information!

How can I get involved now?  

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 6th and join us as a campus/city planning team member or as a national partner.

  1. Coordinate a Be the Change event on your campus
  • If your campus traditionally organizes a Be the Change event or if you would like to start one on your campus, please complete this form by July 6th.   
  • Coordinate a Be the Change event in your city
  • Join or start a planning team in your city! Please complete this form by July 6th. 
  • Join SAALT as a National Partner for Be the Change 
  • National Partners assist with volunteer outreach, commit to participating in a Be the Change event, provide a Be the Change service site and/or contribute in-kind or financial donations to Be the Change. National Partner logos appear on national materials, including the website, flyer, and t-shirt. If your organization, business, professional association, or community group would like to partner with SAALT to support Be the Change 2012, please email us at [email protected].

What does it mean to be part of a BTC planning team?

As a member of the planning team, you will be coordinating service events, recruiting volunteers and connecting with other planning teams around the country. SAALT will send you a planning guide and provide you with support from the national level.

Main roles/responsibilities of each planning team

  1. Organize a kick-off ceremony with one or more inspirational guest speakers
  2. Secure local service projects for your event volunteers
  3. Recruit volunteers to participate in your Be the Change event
  4. Coordinate logistical planning for your Be the Change event, including finding a kick-off venue,  obtaining in-kind food donations, arranging for speakers, maintaining the budget, etc
  5. Communicate regularly with SAALT 

Are you ready for Be the Change 2012?

Sign up here to join a planning team for your campus or your city!

If you have any questions or inquiries, contact [email protected].

In Our Own Words: Narratives of South Asian New Yorkers Affected by Racial and Religious Profiling

March 22, 2012 6:30PM – 8:30PM | 42 Broadway, 20th Floor | New York, NY 10004

Since September 11th, policies and practices instituted in the name of national security have violated civil rights of South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh community members. Whether it is the NYPD’s monitoring of Muslim communities, airport officials subjecting Sikh and Muslim travelers to additional security screenings, or immigration enforcement programs targeting our community, the lives of everyday South Asian New Yorkers have been profoundly altered.

Join us on March 22 for a community briefing to mark the release of the upcoming report In Our Own Words: Narratives of South Asian New Yorkers Affected by Racial and Religious Profiling. Through surveys, focus groups, and interviews with over 600 South Asian community members in Brooklyn and Queens, the report reveals how profiling has affected individuals’ personal lives and the community’s collective identity.The report is the result of a joint documentation project by seven New York-based and national organizations: Coney Island Avenue Project; Council of Peoples Organization; DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving; The Sikh Coalition; South Asian Americans Leading Together; South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!); and UNITED SIKHS.

The community briefing will feature community members sharing their personal experiences and advocates providing recommendations to address profiling.  

Light refreshments will be served

To attend, please RSVP to [email protected] with “Profiling Briefing” in the subject line by no later than March 19

Attendees must RSVP due to security protocol at the venue.