Honoring Loss, Reflecting on Impact, Striving for Justice: Ten Years after September 11

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September 11, 2011

Honoring Loss, Reflecting on Impact, Striving for Justice: Ten Years after September 11

Statement from the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations

Today, members of the  National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) join the country in marking ten years since the tragedy of September 11th, 2001. We join the nation in solemnly remembering and honoring those who lost their lives and loved ones on that day. We also take this opportunity to reflect on the events that have transpired in the decade since.

Like all Americans, South Asians in the United States were deeply affected by the events on and after September 11th. From the days and months following the tragedy to now, member organizations of the NCSO have addressed a range of issues arising in our communities in the post-September 11th environment – from helping individuals who lost family members or livelihoods to advocating for those who faced discrimination, hate crimes, profiling, and arbitrary detentions.  A decade later, many South Asians who call America home continue to be affected by unfair policies, xenophobic rhetoric, and discrimination. Now more than ever, members of the NCSO seek to ensure that our country remains true to its fundamental ideals of fairness and inclusion. Today, as we pause to remember September 11th, we also renew our pledge to work towards public policies and community-based efforts that will reaffirm our country’s commitment to human rights, justice, and equality for all.

The National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) is a network of community-based organizations that believe in common principles related to social change, and that provide services to work with, convene, organize, and advocate for South Asians in the United States. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) coordinates the NCSO.

Participating Members of the NCSO:

Adhikaar
Andolan
Apna Ghar
ASHA for Women
Chaya
Chhaya CDC
Coney Island Avenue Project (CIAP)
Council of People’s Organization (COPO)
Counselors Helping (South) Asians/Indians, Inc. (CHAI)
Daya, Inc.
Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)
Hamdard Center for Health and Human ServicesIndo-American Center (IAC)
Khadijah’s Caravan
Maitri
Manavi
Michigan Asian Indian Family Services (MAI Family Services)
Narika
Raksha
SAATHI of Rochester
Sahara of South Florida
Sakhi for South Asian Women
Satrang
SEVA Immigrant Community Advocacy Project-Desis Vote
Shakti Peer Group
Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF)
Sneha, Inc
South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI)
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS)
South Asian Health Initiative (SAHI)
South Asian Network (SAN)South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC)
South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA)
South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!)South Asians for Progressive Action (SAPA)
The Sikh Coalition
Trikone Northwest
Turning Point for Women and Families
UNITED SIKHS
Westchester Square Partnership (WSP)

For more information, please contact:
Afshan Khoja, Communications Manager, SAALT
202 579 9048 (c) | 301 270 1855 (o) | afshan@saalt.org

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national, nonpartisan, non-profit organization that elevates the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. SAALT is the coordinating entity of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), a network of 42 organizations that serve, organize, and advocate on behalf of the South Asian community across the country.

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