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Political images of the American Desi Diaspora. From political posters, to album covers, to t-shirts, to graffiti to stencils to concert posters, to conference posters - I will try to tumble images all things politically Desi. Contributions welcome!

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DCDesi is now East Coast Solidarity Summer! Apply today! 

 It will be held in NYC, August 8-10 for youth 15-21 years old. Deadline is May 31. Please share this post with your friends, organizations, schools, student clubs, and fellow organizers and activists!

East Coast Solidarity Summer (ECSS) is a weekend-long leadership and empowerment program for youth of South Asian and Desi heritage who are passionate about social justice.

ECSS provides a radical and inclusive space for youth of South Asian/Desi heritage (including those of mixed heritage) to examine key social justice issues and take action! Past workshops have included topics such as identity, immigration, sexism, racism, mental health, and capitalism. The goal of the retreat is to engage participants in critical reflection, coalition building, activism, and organizing. We believe that a united, educated, and inspired collective of young activists and organizers is crucial to creating social change both locally and globally.

PLEASE SHARE & BOOST — First priority applications for the lifechanging Bay Area Solidarity Summer’s South Asian youth social justice program are due by Mar 31! The camp for 15-21 year olds runs Aug 7-11. BASS is a place to share ideas, learn how to lead real campaigns for change, find mentors, and be inspired.Learn more about Bay Area Solidarity Summer at www.SolidaritySummer.orgGot questions about this lifechanging program? Want to talk to organizers or alumni? Leave a comment below, message us via Facebook, or email us at bass@asata.org. A limited amount of scholarships are available!

PLEASE SHARE & BOOST — First priority applications for the lifechanging Bay Area Solidarity Summer’s South Asian youth social justice program are due by Mar 31! The camp for 15-21 year olds runs Aug 7-11. BASS is a place to share ideas, learn how to lead real campaigns for change, find mentors, and be inspired.

Learn more about Bay Area Solidarity Summer at www.SolidaritySummer.org

Got questions about this lifechanging program? Want to talk to organizers or alumni? Leave a comment below, message us via Facebook, or email us at bass@asata.org. A limited amount of scholarships are available!

Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR) is a weekend summer leadership retreat for youth ages 15-21 who trace their heritage to South Asia and the diaspora and who identify themselves as change-makers. We welcome adoptees, desis of mixed heritage, any immigration status, and all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two spirit and intersex(LGBTQTSIS) youth.

Please visit chicagodesiyouthrising.wordpress.com to apply NOW!.
Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR) is a weekend summer leadership retreat for youth ages 15-21 who trace their heritage to South Asia and the diaspora and who identify themselves as change-makers. We welcome adoptees, desis of mixed heritage, any immigration status, and all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two spirit and intersex(LGBTQTSIS) youth.
Please visit chicagodesiyouthrising.wordpress.com to apply NOW!.
Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances book cover, available here.

Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances book cover, available here.

bayareasolidaritysummer:

APPLY TODAY: BASS applications received by Mar 31 get top priority
Discover a world of Desi / South Asian history, culture, music, and activism that your parents never told you about.
BASS is summer leadership camp for the next generation of Desi / South Asian changemakers, artists, and activists, ages 15-21. Spend July 25-29, 2013 at a historic hotel in Berkeley, California, learning about Desi social justice movements, political art, race, gender, class, and more.
Get details and apply at: www.SolidaritySummer.org

bayareasolidaritysummer:

APPLY TODAY: BASS applications received by Mar 31 get top priority

Discover a world of Desi / South Asian history, culture, music, and activism that your parents never told you about.

BASS is summer leadership camp for the next generation of Desi / South Asian changemakers, artists, and activists, ages 15-21. Spend July 25-29, 2013 at a historic hotel in Berkeley, California, learning about Desi social justice movements, political art, race, gender, class, and more.

Get details and apply at: www.SolidaritySummer.org

Image courtesy Anirvan Chatterjee circa 2013.

Image courtesy Anirvan Chatterjee circa 2013.

By Bay Area artist Amman Desai circa 2013.

By Bay Area artist Amman Desai circa 2013.

Photos from May 11th’s 2013 Los Angeles vigil in Solidarity with the Bangladeshi Garment Workers. It is reported that the death toll is over 1,000 - the largest garment industry tragedy to date.  Event was co-sponsored by South Asians for Justice - Los Angeles.

Read more here. And do something about it.


Between 1908 and 1922, at least sixty-nine Indians gained United States citizenship by successfully claiming to be white. In Savannah, Georgia in 1910, Abba Dolla, a native of Calcutta, arranged for a doctor to testify to his “pure Caucasian blood.” The presiding judge described Dolla as follows: “The applicant’s complexion is dark, eyes dark, features regular and rather delicate, hair very black, wavy and very fine and soft.” Uncertain about Dolla’s racial identity, the judge asked him to pull up his shirt sleeves. Fortunately for Dolla, the judge concluded, “The skin of his arm where it had been protected from the sun and weather by his clothing was found to be several shades lighter than that of his face and hands, and was sufficiently transparent for the blue color of the veins to show very clearly.” Impressed, the judge granted citizenship.

- Colored Cosmopolitanism by Nico Slate via Harvard University Press Blog

Between 1908 and 1922, at least sixty-nine Indians gained United States citizenship by successfully claiming to be white. In Savannah, Georgia in 1910, Abba Dolla, a native of Calcutta, arranged for a doctor to testify to his “pure Caucasian blood.” The presiding judge described Dolla as follows: “The applicant’s complexion is dark, eyes dark, features regular and rather delicate, hair very black, wavy and very fine and soft.” Uncertain about Dolla’s racial identity, the judge asked him to pull up his shirt sleeves. Fortunately for Dolla, the judge concluded, “The skin of his arm where it had been protected from the sun and weather by his clothing was found to be several shades lighter than that of his face and hands, and was sufficiently transparent for the blue color of the veins to show very clearly.” Impressed, the judge granted citizenship.

- Colored Cosmopolitanism by Nico Slate via Harvard University Press Blog

Undocumented & Desi: Image by Julio Salgado circa 2012

Undocumented & Desi: Image by Julio Salgado circa 2012

So it’s not a poster or image - but it is a South Asian American political video encouraging the community to vote. So BEE a voter! Get out and VOTE! There will be six additional videos released in this webseries - stay tuned!

Circa 2012 and produced by Tanuj Chopra & Sohini Sengupta

anuraglahiri:

darklovelyandsouthasian:

On National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11th, 2012, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. will launch DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline. DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe. The intent is to provide a safe and supportive ear for callers to share their concerns, questions, struggles or hopes through conversations with trained LGBTQ South Asian Peer Support Volunteers.Callers can reach the helpline at (908) FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374) 8pm-10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, Eastern Standard Time [5-7pm PST]. Days and times will expand over time.For general information, check out www.deqh.org and contact deqh.info@gmail.com.

yesss! i remember hearing about this in the beginning stages… our baby is born!

anuraglahiri:

darklovelyandsouthasian:

On National Coming Out Day, Thursday, October 11th, 2012, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. will launch DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline. DeQH offers free, confidential, culturally sensitive peer support, information and resources by telephone for LGBTQ South Asian individuals, families and friends around the globe. The intent is to provide a safe and supportive ear for callers to share their concerns, questions, struggles or hopes through conversations with trained LGBTQ South Asian Peer Support Volunteers.

Callers can reach the helpline at (908) FOR-DEQH (908-367-3374) 8pm-10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, Eastern Standard Time [5-7pm PST]. Days and times will expand over time.

For general information, check out www.deqh.org and contact deqh.info@gmail.com.

yesss! i remember hearing about this in the beginning stages… our baby is born!