COMMUNITY ORGANIZING RESOURCES
SOUTH ASIAN ORGANIZING 101 VIRTUAL TRAINING SERIES
SAFA hosted the First Ever South Asian Organizing 101 Virtual Training Series in April 2022. Topics covered during this FREE Series of Trainings included Basics of Community Organizing, Community Organizing Tools, Resources & Guides and Best Practices for South Asian Organizing. Additionally, each session featured a panel of experts on Topics related to Community Organizing including Types of Organizing (Issue/Ethnic/Faith Based), Digital Organizing Tools, Youth Engagement & Leadership in Organizing.
Session 1 on April 14th: Session 1 covered basics of Community Organizing and featured a Panel on Types of Organizing. Panelists for this session included: DNC API Outreach Director Eric Salcedo, National VP of Organizing for Brady Campaign United Against Gun Violence Shikha Hamilton, Sierra Club Digital Organizer Nidhi Khanna and Executive VP & CFO of National Community Reinvestment Coalition and Former COO of National Immigration Law Center Adnan Bokhari.
Session 2 on April 21st: Session 2 covered an overview of Community Organizing Tools, Resources and Guides and featured a special presentation on Free Digital Organizing Tools by Co-Founder of Democracy Labs, Deepak Puri. Democracy Labs is a non profit organization that was founded after the 2016 presidential election to find and introduce innovative new apps to progressive causes and campaigns so they can do more with less money. DemLabs pro bono evangelizes the use of free/low-cost apps through blogs, online courses and in-person workshops.
Session 3 on April 28th: Session 3 covered Best Practices in Community Organizing and featured a panel on this topic Panelists for this session included: Co-Founder of Field Team 6 & Former California Democratic Party Regional Organizer Jason Berlin, Former California Regional Organizing Director for Kamala Harris for the People & All Home Director of Community Engagement Irving Torres, California Democratic Party API Caucus Chair & SAFA Legal & Governance Board Deepa Sharma, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia Chair & SAFA National Political Advocacy Co-Chair Praveen Meyyan, and Former Nationwide South Asian Youth Initiative Co-Director & SAFA Youth Engagement Co-Chair Ananya Kachru.