Sadhana felt it was important to gather our Hindu community to discuss the state of affairs after the election, particularly the rise of hate crimes towards immigrants and people of color, as well as the then-looming possibility of discriminatory laws and policies. In an effort to keep individuals informed about their rights and responsibilities, we organized our first Know Your Rights forum at the Shaanti Bhavan Mandir on November 30th, 2016.
The election result unleashed a climate of expressed discrimination and hatred in the community - sometimes toward our own Hindus, and sometimes toward our brothers and sisters from other communities. When we chant "vasudaiva kutumbakam" - this means, the world is one family. This is why, whether Hindu, Muslim or Jew; boy or girl; man or woman; black, white or brown person; straight, gay or transsexual person; we all feel the pain and we all stand together with the ekatva our Hindu faith teaches.
To this end, Sadhana is organizing several other Know Your Rights forums in the local New York City area to discuss immigration rights and create a safe space for dialogue in our communities.