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:
- Purvi welcomes attendees and jests that a key South Asian tradition has already been observed.
- Purvi outlines the agenda and purpose of the conference.
- Deepa explains the mission of organizations participating in the coalition.
- Purvi explains what makes this new collaboration distinct and unique.
- Deepa delves into what the NCSO will set out to accomplish.
- Purvi confronts the ‘model minority’ stereotype – and amusing technical issues.
Read the media’s coverage of the event:
- Read the National Action Agenda (PDF)
- See what the NCSO stands for (PDF)