South Asians for America (SAFA) is a national, grassroots organization dedicated to the education, advocacy, engagement, and mobilization of the South Asian Democratic community in the United States at the local, state, and federal levels, by increasing the civic engagement, political participation, and network of South Asians.
South Asians for America (SAFA) was launched in May 2021 to build South Asian political power and engagement in a strategic manner. Through a variety of committees and initiatives, SAFA aims to increase South Asian political engagement nationwide, to ensure that South Asian voices and issues are represented at all levels of government. These include:
Providing community organizing tools & trainings, and voter education & mobilization resources to engage the South Asian community.
Establishing partnerships with key national organizing groups, South Asian, API, and Communities of Color advocacy organizations to build political networks.
Providing support and training to South Asian candidates running for office.
Connecting with South Asian youth organizations to increase youth political engagement; and
Providing political advocacy resources and tools to promote greater participation of South Asian community in Democratic party structures and organizations at the state level.
SAFA TURNS ONE
South Asians for America (SAFA) is an idea that originated with the merger of two organizations, an original SAFA which was primarily an advocacy organization and South Asians for Biden (SAB), a grassroots organization which helped educate, engage and mobilize the South Asian Community to help elect President Biden in the 2020 General Election.
The new SAFA was launched in early 2021 to build on the momentum and energy of South Asian Democratic Community engagement nationwide during the General Election in 2020 and Georgia Senate Special Election in 2021 in a strategic manner, to increase the political power, networks and capital of South Asians in the United States.
Provide guidance on navigating local, state and national Democratic Party structures, and facilitate networking with party leadership for grassroots engagement, job opportunities and advocacy
TRAINING & CAMPAIGNS
Provide training in community organizing skills (phonebanking, textbanking, canvassing, postcard writing) & mobilize South Asian Democratic Community to engage in national, state, local & issue based campaigns
Recruit South Asian Democrats interested in running for office at the local, state, and federal levels, and provide training and resources necessary to run a successful campaign
Build strategic partnerships with organizations representing South Asian, AAPI & other communities of color nationwide to promote greater civic engagement & political power
Build the next generation of leaders from within the South Asian community through mentorship and training, to encourage public service and promote diversity in government