I am currently working with a volunteer collective to organize DC Desi Summer, a weekend-long leadership and empowerment program. The program is for young South Asian Americans who are 15-20 years old. The event is free and meals are included. Participants need to arrange their own transportation and housing, but limited housing and travel scholarships will be available to those coming from out of town.
Young people can apply online and receive further updates about the event on the website listed below.
DC Desi Summer
July 30th to August 1st, 2010
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC
For more information and to apply: www.dcdesisummer.weebly.com
**For young South Asian Americans age 15-20**
(with origins in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives)
Free (We cover meals, but participants arrange for transportation and housing.)
DC Desi Summer (DCDS) is a weekend-long youth leadership and empowerment program. Spearheaded by the volunteer DCDS Collective, DC Desi Summer provides a radical and inclusive space for youth of South Asian heritage to examine key social justice issues and take action! Community activists, advocates, and academics will facilitate workshops and activities that focus on topics such as immigrant rights, women’s rights, racial profiling, and state-sponsored violence.
In the latest attack on Indian students in Australia, one man was doused in petrol and set on fire as he was coming out of his car. Officials and police have come out in full force on the defensive with ridiculous explanations. Fire Fly wrote an analysis of the police inaction and conditions international students are facing at in her blog post, "International Students Being Bashed in the Streets - The Sharp Edge of the Academic-Industrial-Complex". She writes, "is anyone noticing how it’s in their interests to deny the racist motivation for violence and instead to blame the victim?"
"A group of girls thrashed a co-passenger mid-air on a Jaipur-bound Indigo flight from Mumbai after he allegedly misbehaved with one of them on Sunday. Sources said the girls thrashed him after the flight crew ignored their complaint against him. "The crew didn't show any urgency to resolve the matter," a source said.
Sources said the girls alleged that the alleged molester shouted at them and and passed some derogatory remarks. "He refused to apologise and threatened them of dire consequences in Jaipur," the source said.
The sources said the passengers altered the cabin crew, but they were late to react. "For the first five minutes they just looked on and reacted only after the passengers insisted that they do so," said a official"
Members of the South Asian Women's Community Center in Montreal recently wrote a response to the murder in Canada and the way it had been framed in the media in The Gazette:
Ganga Ram, Escorts and Moolchand hospitals are not interested in gay blood, tqvm! GR and Escorts are two of the best hospis in Delhi and in India - trufax. But this?
( Excerpts from asshatsCollapse )
I just... am tired of idiocy. I need some good news right now.
- Current Mood: aggravated
Supreme Court will hear an appeal against the decision. Which, although it seems to have been filed by a homophobic jerk, has the potential to create a binding decision for the whole of the country, I think?
Another article about Indian Constitutional law, which is a bit dense but mentions important issues (and WTF, decisions in British courts can be binding on Indian courts?!?).
So it seems things are still a bit tense...