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Desi Divas: Political Activism in South Asian American Cultural Performances book cover, available here.
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
yesss! i remember hearing about this in the beginning stages… our baby is born!
From the Los Angeles based South Asian Network as a part of their Desi Vote campaign:
This is a critical election, not only for determining who becomes our next President, but also for deciding which initiatives on the ballot this year pass and which fail. These measures address funding for public education and availability of health and human services — issues that are of interest to all of us and will affect our futures.
If in LA, help SAN w/ their campaign and volunteer! Visit www.southasiannetwork.org for more info and vote on Nov. 6th.
This year’s Bay Area Solidarity Summer incorporated Mutinous Mind State images for the curriculum on South Asian American Activism History, once again. It went amazingly, even better than last year, because we had two dynamic historians guiding us through. Check out the blog from last year about the curriculum right here.
desihiphop.com writes a article about my upcoming show WORD TO YOUR MOTHERLAND! Friday July 6, 2012 | Opening Night! | Oakland, CA….Click the photo to check out the article. Hope to see you there!