Events

Ahimsa Breaks Barriers: SAAPRI and Kalapriya’s Series on Community Violence Draws Diverse Audiences at Shedd Park in Little Village

On Friday, June 13, SAAPRI and the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, conducted its second event in a series of Night Out in the Park events titled “Ahimsa: The End of Violence.” The event was held in Shedd Park, located on the west side of Chicago in the […]


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Ahimsa: The End of Violence, Our Summer Series on Violence Prevention, kicked off at Abbott Park in Roseland

On Friday, June 15, SAAPRI and the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, in collaboration with the Chicago Park District, conducted the first in a series of Night Out in the Park events titled “Ahimsa: The End of Violence.” The event was held in Abbott Park, located on the far south side of Chicago in the […]


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SAAPRI Fellows Lead Civic Engagement Workshop for American Association of Retired Asians

SAAPRI Fellows Anil Methipara and Anar Parikh presented on building power through civic engagement to a South Asian audience from the American Association of Retired Asians (AARA) on Monday, January 29. The program focused on national and state population trends of Asian and South Asian Americans (especially those over the age of 50) and how […]


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SAAPRI Organizes Voter Registration Drive at Chicago Muslim Community Center

On Friday, January 26, SAAPRI held a voter registration drive at the Muslim Community Center in Albany Park. The Jummah prayer brings a large crowd of worshippers to the mosque and community center around lunchtime on Friday afternoons. Alongside the Compassionate Care Network—a community health center offering health exams and consultations—and a visit from Cook […]


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SAAPRI Participates in Panel at South Asian Womanhood and Girlhood Conference

SAAPRI was delighted to contribute to a panel discussion regarding political outreach and advocacy at the first conference on South Asian womanhood and girlhood at Loyola University Chicago. The panel featured Reema Kapur, SAAPRI Executive Director; Kathleen Yang-Clayton, independent consultant; and Shobhana Johri Verma, the director of the South Asian Outreach Program at the Chicago Board […]


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SAAPRI Hosts Annual Fundraiser to Support Civic Engagement

  On Thursday, September 15, South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI) hosted “Our Vote Matters!,” an event focusing on the organization’s civic engagement initiative. The event brought together over 40 supporters, board members and staff together for a thoughtful conversation regarding SAAPRI’s get out the vote (GOTV) work in advance of the 2016 […]


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SAAPRI Participates in AAPI Civic Engagement Panel: “Have we built Asian American Power?”

SAAPRI was delighted to sponsor and participate in a panel about AAPI political empowerment along with other community organizations: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy – AAPIP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago – AAJC, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community- CBCAC, and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights – ICIRR. The event was hosted by […]


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SAAPRI Condemns Hate Crime at Orlando Gay Nightclub

South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI) is deeply saddened by the attack on at least 50 innocent queer and transgender victims of color at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub. SAAPRI joins the nation in mourning the senseless loss of lives and the unimaginable pain caused by this incident. As we stand in solidarity with […]


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SAAPRI Discusses the South Asian American identity at Purdue University

As part of Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center’s Spring 2016 Lecture Series, SAAPRI executive director Reema Kapur discussed the development of the South Asian American identity, undocumented South Asian immigrants, and hate crimes against South Asian retail workers in the Midwest. Click here for Purdue University’s announcement of the lecture.


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SAAPRI Speaks at Northwestern Series on Anti-Blackness in the South Asian American Community

SAAPRI participated in a three-day series of workshops at Northwestern University, spearheaded by undergraduate student Sanjana Lakshmi, on confronting anti-blackness in the South Asian American community and discussing how we can be more effective allies to black folks as people of color. The workshops covered three topics: colorism in the South Asian community, racial profiling, […]


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