UNITED FOR ACTION National South Asian Summit 2017

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is proud to host the National South Asian Summit 2017, the premier gathering of South Asian American voices demanding justice in the United States. This year's Summit convenes hundreds of South Asian organizations, advocates, and allies from across the U.S. on April 21-24, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The 2017 Summit marks the 10-year anniversary for this important gathering and provides an opportunity to build skills to deepen organizational impact and individual leadership, connect with government officials and congressional offices, expand networks, and strategize with diverse leaders to claim our power through collective action. This year's theme is United For Action in response to the disturbing rise in hate violence, xenophobic political rhetoric, and anti-immigrant policies targeted at our communities. As the challenges facing our communities continue to grow, so must our unity, our resolve, and our action. See our agenda for more details.

The ChangeMakers Awards

On April 21 from 6:30pm-9pm at the National Press Club, SAALT will kick off the Summit with our ChangeMakers Awards Reception, where we will honor the champions among us who have advanced social justice in the South Asian American community. This year's honorees include Vanita Gupta, Equality Labs, Jayesh Rathod, Daya, Inc., Zahra Billoo, Gurbani Kaur, and Ravi Ragbir.

The award ceremony will be followed by a special musical performance by Kiran Ahluwalia and Rez Abbasi. Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern purveyor of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors yet also departs from while exploring bold new territories. Winning two JUNOs (Canadian Grammies), the UK’s Songlines Award and two Canadian Folk Awards - Kiran has over the course of six albums created a style uniquely her own. On stage she is accompanied by the beautiful harmonies and addictive guitar riffs of partner Rez Abbasi - Downbeat’s Top Ten Guitarist. Her latest release Sanata : Stillness entered the World Music Charts Europe at Number 3. Writing both the words and music, Kiran’s lyrics in Punjabi and Urdu speak of: fighting a civil war within ourselves, realizing female desire by throwing away shame and untying the knots that bind us to stale embraces. Her many performances have included Switzerland’s Paleo Festival, India’s Jaipur Literature Festival, NYC’s White Light Festival at Lincoln Centre and Mali’s Festival au Desert.

Summit Sessions

On April 22-23 at Trinity Washington University, SAALT will hold two days of dynamic summit sessions conceived and led by community members. Workshops, poster presentations, and panel discussions will provide an opportunity for hundreds of activists, organizations, and community members to explore and discuss the diverse needs and priorities of our communities. Learn more and RSVP here.

South Asian Americans March For Justice

On April 22 from 6pm-8pm, join SAALT, the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO), and other partners and ally organizations for South Asian Americans March for Justice, a rally that starts at Freedom Plaza followed by a march to the White House. We envision a world free of policy and rhetoric driven by hate, and we demand civil rights, civil liberties, and immigration justice for all. We march for all those fighting for a socially just United States, and we demand the support of policymakers towards that vision. Learn more here.

Advocacy Day

On April 24 the Summit goes to Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day, which brings our communities face to face with policymakers through roundtable talks, briefings, and one-on-one legislative meetings.

At a time when our communities face mounting challenges, we must ensure that we remain United For Action. For more information go to www.saalt.org/summit or email info@summit.org.

SAALT thanks our sponsors for their support of the National South Asian Summit.

SAALT is a 501(c)3 organization. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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