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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 […]

June 30th marks the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Enactment of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 – signed into law on October 3, 1965 and effective on June 30, 1968 – was a watershed piece of immigration legislation that has had tremendous impact on the country and the South Asian American community. The Act made immigration more inclusive and emphasized family unification, setting up the means […]

Our Immigrant Families at Risk: Border Policy, Muslim Ban, and a Broken System

The Trump administration’s attack on immigrants and families has continued in devastating and cruel ways. In April 2018, the administration implemented its “zero-tolerance policy” for migrants crossing the border, many of whom are seeking asylum in the U.S. This policy actively prosecutes and detains those arriving at the border and has been used as the […]

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 […]

South Asian Americans Make History in IL Primary Elections

The March 20th Illinois Primary elections were historic for the South Asian American community in Illinois. Not only were there numerous South Asian American candidates running for positions in all levels of government, but for the first time in Illinois history, a South Asian American candidate will serve in the Illinois General Assembly. Ram Villivalam won the […]

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 […]

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 […]

2017: SAAPRI’s Year in Review

2017 has been a year of new beginnings for SAAPRI, as we charged ahead with a focus on developing new means of community engagement. Below is a review of some of the initiatives of which we have been a part.  Ahimsa: The End of Violence (May 22) SAAPRI co-hosted the ‘Ahimsa: The End of Violence’ performance […]

Chicago South Asian Deferred Action Coalition Opposes DACA Rescission

DACA DECISION HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR CONGRESSIONAL SOLUTION AND LOCAL MUNICIPAL ID POLICIES THAT SUPPORT UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS, SOUTH ASIANS The President’s decision to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in six months has injected tremendous uncertainty and fear into the lives and communities of over 800,000 DACA recipients. If the program expires, DACA recipients will […]

SAAPRI Condemns White Supremacist Violence

In the aftermath of the recent deadly attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, the President’s moral equivocations in renouncing white supremacists, and the frightening resurgence of hate crimes in the past year (i), it has become clear that white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and others motivated by bigotry have been emboldened to act upon their hate in our communities. […]

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 […]

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 […]

SAAPRI Featured in Medill Reports Chicago Article on Asian American Political Power

Click here to read 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 GOTV initiatives is featured in the piece.

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 […]

Community Organizations Condemn Attack Against Muslim Women in Rogers Park

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS CONDEMN ISLAMOPHOBIA AMID A RISE IN ANTI-MUSLIM BIGOTRY AND HATE CRIMES  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2016 Chicago, IL – A broad coalition of organizations, including Center for New Community (CNC), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Chicago Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), the Chicago Chapter of the Council on American Islamic […]

SAAPRI Supports Asian American Youth-Led Initiative for Black Lives

SAAPRI SUPPORTS ASIAN AMERICAN YOUTH-LED INITIATIVE FOR BLACK LIVES In light of the continuing police violence against Black folks in the United States, Asian American youth across the country spearheaded an initiative to write an open letter to families and communities about why Black lives should matter to us, too. Youth also translated the letter […]

Chicago South Asian Deferred Action Coalition Disappointed by DACA+/DAPA Supreme Court Decision

  INACTION BY COURTS, CONGRESS TO PROTECT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES MUST BE COUNTERED WITH COMMUNITY ACTIVISM AND ELECTORAL ENGAGEMENT Chicago, IL – As a result of a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court, vital immigration relief for millions of immigrant families remains blocked underscoring the need for unrelenting community activism and electoral engagement. United States v. Texas is a […]

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 […]

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.

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, […]

SAAPRI Participates in the DREAMers Resource Conference

On January 30, 2016, Syeda Raza, an E3! Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, organized a resource conference to support undocumented immigrants, in collaboration with various community organizations such as the Asian American and Arab American Coalition for Deferred Action and the South Asian Deferred Action Coalition, of which […]

SAAPRI Participates in Stop the Hate! ReActing Through Community Organizing Film Screening and Panel

SAAPRI and other community organizations participated in a free film screening of A Prosecutor’s Stand and Waking in Oak Creek.  A Prosecutor’s Stand follows a San Francisco district attorney bringing hate crime charges against perpetrators, and Waking in Oak Creek, a film discussing the powerful and inspiring community response after the hate crime shootings at […]

SAAPRI Joins APAICS Panel Discussion on Immigration

On October 17, 2015, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) hosted leadership training for AAPIs who are interested in running for office. SAAPRI was delighted to join the panel discussion at DLA Piper, Chicago, around immigration issues with fellow panelists from Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC), AFIRE Chicago, and Asian Americans […]