We Too Sing America

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We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future
by Deepa Iyer

Deeper Iyer, Writer, Activist, Trainer (www.deepaiyer.me), and Former Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

An advocate of civil and immigrant rights for over a decade, Deepa Iyer served as Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) for nearly a decade, and as the chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) for two years. SAALT is the only staffed, national, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering civic and political engagement by South Asian communities in the United States. Ms. Yer is regarded as an expert on the impact of post 9/11 policies, especially as they intersect with civil liberties and immigration. She has published articles about the effect of such policies on South Asian communities, and is the Executive Producer of a 26-minute documentary about bias and hate crimes before and after 9/11. She has been quoted in the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and in ethnic media. Ms. Iyer is an immigrant to moved to the United States from India when she was twelve. She earned her undergraduate degree in English at Vanderbilt University and her law degree at the University of Notre Dame Law School. Currently, she blogs at www.deepaiyer.me, is at work on a book about the changing American racial landscape, and she is a lecturer and activist-in-residence at the University of Maryland.