South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an environment in which all South Asians in America can participate fully in civic and political life, and have influence over policies that affect them. Approximately 2.7 million South Asians live in the United States, tracing their backgrounds to Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and the diaspora, including Trinidad/Tobago, Guyana, and Africa. SAALT works to achieve our mission through a social justice framework that incorporates the strategies of policy analysis and advocacy, community education, local capacity-building, and leadership development. Each of these strategies are linked to specific programs which you will find more information about on this website.
News Releases (Archive)
- Release Date:10.15.09
WHAT: Join local community members for a town hall to learn the latest from experts on what's happening with health reform and discuss what it could mean for the South Asian community. Speakers include:
- Release Date:10.06.09
Over 2500 Volunteers Mark Gandhi's Birthday through Service Activities
SAALT's Be the Change National Day of Service Inspires Civic Engagement through Community Service
- Release Date:10.09
Day of Service inspired by values of Mahatma Gandhi
- Release Date:09.11.09
Today, members of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) join the country in marking the eighth anniversary of the tragedies of September 11th, 2001. We solemnly remember and honor those who lost their lives or loved ones that day.
- Release Date:07.20.09
Washington DC. - As the South Asian community nationwide and in the Washington DC area continues to grow, the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) today released the findings from a new report, entitled Washington DeSi: South Asians in the Nation's Capital, to an audience of government and community stakeholders.
SACE Report Cover
- Release Date:06.18.09
In June 2008, more than 30 community-based organizations around the country came together to announce the formation of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO). Members of the NCSO came together around shared progressive principles and social justice values. Since our formation a year ago, the Coalition has issued statements in response to current events, published joint opinion editorials about relevant issues and gathered for the 2009 National South Asian Summit that took place in Washington, DC in April 2009.
South Asian Organizations and Community Leaders Gather in Washington DC to Participate in Congressional and Agency MeetingsRelease Date:04.16.09
SOUTH ASIAN ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS GATHER IN WASHINGTON DC TO PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL AND AGENCY MEETINGS, AND TO STRATEGIZE FOR POLICY CHANGE
- Release Date:03.17.09
Over 20 South Asian advocates, community activists, students and service providers gathered on Monday, March 16th at the New Jersey State House for South Asian Advocacy Day to advocate for effective policies that address the needs of community members.
- Release Date:02.26.09
February 26th, 2009- As community-based organizations that provide services to, advocate for, and organize South Asians in the United States, we are deeply saddened by recent tragic incidents of domestic violence that have affected South Asian families and communities over the past six months.
SAALT Hosts Inaugural Weekend Reception in Washington DC to Recognize South Asian Involvement in Political ProcessRelease Date:01.18.09
On Sunday, January 18th, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) hosted a reception to celebrate the involvement of South Asians in the 2008 elections. Over 180 individuals from around the country joined community leaders, South Asian members of the Presidential Transition Team, and prominent individuals who played a role in mobilizing South Asians during the election for an evening reception in Washington DC.