SAFA hosts 101 virtual training series to mobilize South Asian community

South Asians for AmericaFree series offers lessons in basics, tools, resources, guides, and best practices for community organizing

South Asians for America (SAFA), a community advocacy organization, is hosting a first-of-its-kind 101 vi8rtual training series — basics of community organizing & tools to mobilize the south Asian community.

Taking place on Thursdays, April 14, 21 and 28 at 8 pm ET via Zoom, the free series specially tailored for a South Asian audience will also offer resources and guides, and best practices for community organizing.

“This training series is a much-needed tool to empower our community during an important midterm election year,” SAFA National Director Neha Dewan stated in a press release.

Read: South Asians launch new group for community’s political awakening (April 20, 2021)

“When evaluating how best to mobilize our community, we realized that this type of programming is sorely lacking, and to our knowledge, currently not in existence. It is exactly what we need in terms of providing the building blocks so that our community can be successful at the ballot box this November.”

Each session of the series will feature a panel of experts on topics related to community organizing, including types of organizing, such as issue, ethnic, and faith-based organizing, as well as digital organizing tools, youth engagement and leadership in organizing, the release said.

The first session on April 14 discussed the basics of community organizing. Panel on types of organizing included Eric Salcedo, DNC API Outreach Director, Shikha Hamilton, Vice President of Organizing for Brady Campaign, Nidhi Khanna, Sierra Club Digital Organizer and Adnan Bokhari, Executive Vice President and CFO of National Community Reinvestment Coalition and former COO of National Immigration Law Center.

The second session on April 21 delving into an overview of community organizing tools, resources and guides will feature a presentation on free digital organizing tools by Deepak Puri, co-founder of The Democracy Labs, a nonprofit organization founded after the 2016 presidential election to find and introduce innovative new apps to promote progressive causes and campaigns.

The third session on April 28 will cover best practices for community organizing and will feature panels on leadership in organizing and youth engagement.

“Our community has a tremendous amount of talent when it comes to organizing, and SAFA is uniquely positioned to connect these experts to the larger South Asian community so that they can share their experiences and learnings,” Harini Krishnan, SAFA Chair of Community Organizing, stated.

Read: South Asians For America Offers First-Ever South Asian Organizing Training Series (April 13, 2022)

“Our aim is that this series will create a pipeline for leadership so that more and more individuals in our community can inspire and educate others on how to organize during a time when the stakes have never been higher,” she added.

The curriculum draws from many sources, including California Democratic Party Organizing Committee training resources, Democracy Labs training resources, and also includes materials adapted from works by Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program in Public Leadership Professor Marshall Ganz.

The series is open to the public and attendees have the option to participate in one or all three sessions by registering at: https://bit.ly/SAFAOrganizingTraining

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