PROJECT PRITHVI, AUGUST 26TH, 2017 10AM AT JAMAICA BAY
Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

PROJECT PRITHVI, AUGUST 26TH, 2017 10AM AT JAMAICA BAY

Join Sadhana for our second cleanup of 2017! We will meet at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary’s Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge (also known as the North Channel Bridge) at 10am. Please dress according to the weather and wear closed toe shoes. Sadhana will provide garbage bags and gloves. Gateway National Recreation Area. Just come ready to serve!

A light lunch will be served after the cleanup.

Project Prithvi is Sadhana's grassroots green initiative through which we mobilize Hindus, especially youth, to live out the principle of ahimsa (non-violence) by taking care of the environment. 

Directions to the North Channel Bridge:
Belt Parkway to Exit 17S, Crossbay Boulevard
There are parking lots on both sides of Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge (formerly known as North Channel Bridge). We will meet in the western parking lot at North Channel Beach, at the southern end of the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge. For those using GPS, there is no formal address of the location but the coordinates 40.638267, -73.831970 can be used.

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"Ants Among Elephants": A Conversation with Sujatha Gidla
Sep
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Ants Among Elephants": A Conversation with Sujatha Gidla

"Your life is your caste, your caste is your life." -- Sujatha Gidla, Ants Among Elephants

Join us as Sujatha Gidla reads from her critically-acclaimed memoir, Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India (published July 2017). Gidla's book tells the story of the challenges, triumphs, and prejudice faced by her Dalit Christian family in post-independence south India. The New York Times writes that Ants Among Elephants shows how "ancient prejudices persist in contemporary India, and how those prejudices are being challenged by the disenfranchised."

The reading will be followed by a discussion on the phenomenon of caste/casteism, which dates back many centuries and is found in communities across South Asia and in the South Asian diaspora. From this discussion, we hope to learn how all of us -- religious and secular people together -- can work together to eradicate caste, casteism, and all forms of discrimination in our own communities.

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Project Prithvi Beach Cleanup for International Costal Cleanup Day 
Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

Project Prithvi Beach Cleanup for International Costal Cleanup Day 

We will meet at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Sanctuary’s Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge (also known as the North Channel Bridge). Please dress according to the weather and wear closed toe shoes. You may also wish to bring a bottle of water if the forecast is hot. Garbage bags, pickers, and gloves will be provided. 

A light lunch will be served immediately after the cleanup.

Project Prithvi is Sadhana's grassroots green initiative through which we mobilize Hindus, especially youth, and local community members to live out the principle of ahimsa (non-violence) by taking care of the environment. 

Directions to the North Channel Bridge:
Belt Parkway to Exit 17S, Crossbay Boulevard
There are parking lots on both sides of Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge (formerly known as North Channel Bridge). We will meet in the western parking lot at North Channel Beach, at the southern end of the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge. Look for the brick gazebo structure! We will be signing volunteers in there! For those using GPS, NOTE: there is no formal address of the exact location (Jamaica Bay is actually a huge area) but the coordinates 40.638267, -73.831970 can be used.

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Project Samaanata - Domestic Violence Outreach Day
Oct
8
12:00pm12:00pm

Project Samaanata - Domestic Violence Outreach Day

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us in October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Help us to raise awareness about domestic violence in the heart of Little Guyana by volunteering with us! We will disemminate materials about free services available for victims of domestic violence provided by NYC's Family Justice Centers in collaboration with the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

If you are interested in volunteering contact Aminta Kilawan Narine!

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Free Mental Health First Aid Training
Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

Free Mental Health First Aid Training

Taking care of your mind is equally as important as taking care of your body.

As part of Thrive NYC, NYC’s mental health initiative, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office is offering free Mental Health First Aid trainings to all New Yorkers. Mental Health First Aid is a 9-5 PM course conducted to accommodate community members and their schedules. The course teaches 25-35 people at a time how to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness. Participants will also learn how to eliminate stigma around mental illness and help their friends and family members in need.

Together we can reach NYC's goal of training 250,000 New Yorkers in Mental Health First Aid so that they can better help friends, family members or co-workers to stay healthy.

This event is co-sponsored by Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus

To register for this event, contact Aminta at 718-300-4888 or ackilawan@gmail.com.


 

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Immigration Workshop at Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
Aug
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Immigration Workshop at Shri Lakshmi Narayan Mandir

Come and learn how to apply for U.S. citizenship, eligibility requirements, the legal process of naturalization and where to get free legal assistance with completing your application! 

Pro-bono attorneys and volunteers will be on site to pre-screen individuals for citizenship. 

This event is for LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS/GREEN CARD HOLDERS.

Sponsoring Organizations: Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, Chhaya Community Development CorporationRichmondHill Economic DevelopmentCouncil 

To register, contact:
Aminta at 718-300-4888 or ackilawan@gmail.com
Vishnu at 347-484-0565 or vmahadeo@richmondhilledc.org
Farzana at 718-478-3848 or farzanana@chhayacdc.org

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STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE ON MINORITIES IN INDIA (DEMO & TEACH-IN)
Jul
23
2:00pm 2:00pm

STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE ON MINORITIES IN INDIA (DEMO & TEACH-IN)

Join us for a teach-in workshop followed by a public demonstration on the political context of caste, Islamophobia, and violence in India! 

2:00 to 4:00 pm - Teach in Workshop at New York University (Rm TBD).  
4:00 to 6:00 pm - Walking together and gathering at Washington Square Park for a demonstration and vigil! 

In 2017 alone, there have been 20 reported cases related to cow terrorism. These assaults by citizen vigilante groups include mob lynchings, gang-rape, sexual humiliation via stripping, being chained and beaten. In many of these cases, no one was arrested. In 13 of these cases, the police filed registered cases against the victims or the survivors families. Of the people who died from these particular horrific violence, the majority have been Muslims. Of the 65 instances of cow-terrorism that has been media reported in the past 8 years, 97% have occurred under the Modi regime with each passing year seeing an alarming rate increase. 

The stories around cow or beef-related lynchings have gained virality in part because many of these crimes were video-recorded or photographed. Evidence was uploaded to social media platforms. It speaks to the confidence of impunity that Hindutva criminals enjoy that no attempt was made to erase this evidence. This uptake of cow terrorism is part of a much longer and deeper history of brutal violence against India’s minorities. Brahminism and the Hindu right have always utilized state mechanisms to terrorize India’s Dalit-bahujan communities and minorities -- Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Ravidassis, and Adivasi (indigenous) people. In the past two decades alone, we have witnessed this in the Modi state-sponsored 2002 Gujurat pogram; in the vicious 2008 Kandamal killings of Odisha’s Dalit Christians and the 2013 Muzaffarnagar massacres. State mechanisms have frequently functioned to offer protection and sponsorship during these instances of coordinated ethnic cleansings.

Media narratives have been busy re-framing cow terrorism as a new phenomenon to do with nameless mobs and communalism. However, citizen vigilantism and mob violence is not new. It has always been strategically used by Brahminical nationalists to suppress and destroy dissent, particularly from Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim communities. Recently many in the liberal media have lauded Modi’s condemnation of the cow killings, somehow managing to forget his loving embrace of the recently elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath -- an avid Trump-supporter who operated an anti-Muslim vigilante group and is best known for his virulent hatred of Muslims, Christians and Dalits. Little can be expected from media players who have so easily forgotten Modi’s key role in the massacre of over 2000 Muslims in Gujarat in 2002. 

We are a group of south asian organizations and individuals who stand together against this violence! We stand against the impunity afforded by Brahminical nationalism to the violence perpetrated by Hindutva criminals! We call for peace, justice and accountability! Join us! 

Organized by the Alliance for Justice and Accountability.

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