SAAPRI in the Media

SAAPRI’s Executive Director Shobhana Verma joined 2021 Inauguration Day Celebrations on WGN-TV

In January of 2021, SAAPRI’s Executive Director Shobhana Verma joined the 2021 Inauguration Day celebrations virtually on WGN-TV, including the South Asian American community’s voice on the historical day. The 2020 General Election definitely confirmed one thing – Every single…

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2019 Illinois Municipal Elections

On April 2nd, 2019, there were hundreds of municipal elections taking place across Illinois with elections for mayor, city councils, treasurers, clerks, village boards of trustees, and more. Here is everything you need to know about SAAPRI’s civic engagement work: Phone Banking…

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SAAPRI mentioned at Multicultural & Interfaith Forum in the India Post

On January 21st, 2019, SAAPRI was featured in an article about a Multicultural & Interfaith forum held the week prior on Devon Avenue where the Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO) joined over a dozen community organizations, including SAAPRI, to hear directly…

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SAAPRI’s efforts around GOTV initiative mentioned in Medill Reports Chicago

On October 27th, 2016, SAAPRI was featured in an article about the role of Asian Americans in politics, Asian American civic engagement and political participation, and community organizations’ work around these issues. SAAPRI’s work around Get Out the Vote (GOTV)…

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2016 Get Out the Vote Campaign

In advance of the 2016 elections, SAAPRI has been involved in nonpartisan Get out the Vote work. 15 SAAPRI volunteers staffed 35 phone banking shifts over three weeks targeting a list of 7,656 infrequent South Asian voters. Over 2,500 inactive…

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SAAPRI leads Chicago South Asian Deferred Action Coalition (SADAC)

2016 ELECTION: THE WAY FORWARD WITH RESOLVE AND RESILIENCE On November 9th, 2016, we woke up to the reality of a deeply divided voter base, with almost an equal number of voters supporting divergent, even opposing visions for America’s future. The…

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Statement by SAAPRI and AAJC-Chicago on hate crime against Sikh man

SOUTH ASIAN AMERICAN POLICY AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SAAPRI) AND ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE-CHICAGO CONDEMN HATE-FUELED ATTACK ON SIKH MAN IN CHICAGO SUBURB Chicago, IL – South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago are outraged…

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2015 BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir Women’s Conference: SAAPRI’s Executive Director Ami Gandhi serves as Chief Guest

On March 14th, 2015, SAAPRI’s Executive Director Ami Gandhi served as the Chief Guest of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir’s 8th Annual Women Conference. During her speech, she addressed immigration, Deferred Action for Undocumented Individuals (DACA), and work authorization of H-4 visa…

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SAAPRI’s Civic Engagement Fellow Harish Patel joined post-election coverage on WBEZ

On February 24th, 2015, just after the polls closed following the 2015 Chicago elections, SAAPRI’s Civic Engagement Fellow Harish I. Patel joined WBEZ’s post-election coverage to discuss the South Asian American community’s concerns this election season – including immigrant integration,…

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Report – Voter Registration, Activation, & Engagement in South Asian American Communities in Illinois

This 2015 report analyzes data from the United States Census Bureau, the Voter Activation Network (NGP VAN), and other recent research to highlight voter registration, engagement, and mobilization among South Asian Americans in Illinois. Community-based organizations, policymakers, government officials, media…

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