South Asian Network (SAN) is a grassroots, community based organization dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in Southern California. Founded in 1990, the overall goal of SAN is to inform and empower South Asian communities by acting as an agent of change in eliminating biases, discrimination and injustices targeted against persons of South Asian origin and by providing linkages amongst communities through shared experiences. Fundamental to our mission is equality for all people
SAN deplores the government’s interrogation, investigation and harassment of social justice and anti-war community activists in Chicago, Michigan, Minneapolis, North Carolina and California. These actions confirm the ever-mounting enforcement regime of US’ national security policies, increased surveillance and interrogations within our communities, especially of those who are politically active, thereby further stifling dissent and silencing activist communities.
In times of such gross governmental abuses of human rights, it is imperative that we speak out against this blatant criminalization of the exercise of our basic social and political freedoms such as voicing dissent against ongoing unjust wars and supporting the rights of oppressed peoples around the world.
In light of the recent events in New York around the Times Square car bomb incident, we may see the FBI and Department of Homeland Security engage in increased surveillance and interrogations within our communities, leading to possible detentions.