The Civil Rights Unit (CRU) believes in organizing from the ground up within the South Asian community and across coalitions and partnerships. Through regular outreach, leadership development in our organizing committees, townhalls, and public actions, CRU seeks to have self-reflexive communities who lead healthy, affordable, safe lives with dignity and respect.
CRU serves and organizes the community on a variety of issues – workers’ rights, tenants’ rights, youth organizing, hate crimes, discrimination, police brutality and queer visibility.
CRU Offers the following services:
- Case management and legal referrals for workers’ rights, hate crimes, and discrimination
- Monthly naturalization clinics for legal permanent residents who are eligible for US citizenship. Clinic are held both in office and at community centers. Click here for upcoming clinic locations and dates.
- Monthly immigration clinics addressing other immigration issues
- Civic engagement workshops to enable members of the South Asian community to get more involved in their communities.
- Leadership Development Programs for youth and adults
- Voter Engagement
Workers Rights/ Labor Issues: A Workers Rights Committee in Artesia assesses common workplace violations, links them to gendered workplace exploitation, and campaigns for workers rights and respect.
Issues of the South Asian LGBTIQ Community: An LGBTIQ Committee meets for visibility of South Asian LGBTIQ community members, as well as to challenge homophobia and heterosexism within the South Asian community. SAN and Satrang continue to explore mental health needs through this committee.
Civil Liberties/Immigrant Rights: Help our Policy Organizer organize meetings and talk with policy-makers due to challenge federal policies targeting South Asian immigrants for detention, deportation, surveillance, and profiling in the name of “national security.”
Hate Crime/ Discrimination: South Asians continue to experience overt violence, institutionalized discrimination and bias in public since 9/11.