Are you interested in the Desi Vote? How will South Asians vote come Nov 4th? Do we have critical mass to form a voting bloc? Join SAALT for A Pre-Election Online Conversation for Community Members & Media on October 30th.
Why: South Asian political involvement has been on the rise over the past decade, and the run-up to the November 2008 elections shows that South Asians have been increasingly engaged in the presidential campaigns, voter mobilization efforts, and bids for state and national office.
Who: South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), with guests:
* Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College; author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World
* Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Professor of Political Science at UC Riverside; principal investigator on the first large-scale national survey of Asian American politics (2008)
* Ali Najmi, Desis Vote (New York)
* South Asian Progressive Action Collective (Chicago)
The call is open to everyone but you need to register online here to participate. You will be able to watch the webinar or listen in by phone. You will also be able to ask the speakers questions. The call is on Thursday, Oct 30th at 2pm EST/1pm CST/11am PST (the webinar should last an hour and 15 minutes), but you have to register by 10am Thursday morning to join!
SAALT has been mobilizing actively around this election cycle, and they have an Elections 2008 Online Resource Kit to make it easier for you to get involved (available in Hindi, Punjabi, Bangla, Urdu, and Tamil). They also have a pretty active blog, with entries on election activities going on across the country.
I’d be interested in hearing in the comment section how the online event goes for readers who are able to make it – I would even encourage commenters to live blog the webinar in the comment section for those of us unable to listen in on the webinar.