New South Asian Coalition Forms

Community organizations have addressed a diversity of needs within the South Asian community for decades–including civil rights, domestic violence, LGBTQI, housing, and youth services. Now, to build community power, the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations (NCSO) has formed. This coalition of more than 30 South Asian community service organizations based in the U.S., held its first public conference on July 24th to announce its launch.

More than 60 people attended the NCSO launch via the internet, teleconference, and in person in the Manhattan offices of the Citizens Committee for New York City. The forum introduced the NCSO’s purpose,agenda, and upcoming plans.

Purvi Shah, Sakhi’s Executive Director, helped moderate the session, along with Deepa Iyer, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together, the national policy organization which spearheaded efforts to create the coalition.

Audio selections from the conference:

Read the media’s coverage of the event:

Take Charge:

  • Read the National Action Agenda (PDF)
  • See what the NCSO stands for (PDF)