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Exploring Our Resources: Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area

June 12, 2009

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Exploring Our Resources: Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area

Ahuja, Sarita et al. “Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Communities in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (2004).

History:

This project was born out of the aftermath of September 11th.  Hate crimes, employment discrimination, and racial profiling are a few of the consequences of Sept. 11th and the subsequent government actions. “Many communities have been torn apart due to government policies such as the USA PATRIOT Act, the Absconder Initiative, and Special Registration.”  It quickly  became apparent that there was a need in the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities, especially because these communities are new and do not have established non-profits set up.  To address this issue the researchers identified ethnic-based organizations in the Bay Area. This process was funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund and The San Francisco Foundation.  After this initial phase was completed they then worked to identify the issues, needs and capacity challenges facing these communities, in collaboration with Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP).

Community Roundtable:

This report was generated out of a roundtable with representatives from Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities in the Bay Area.  The objectives of the roundtable were to:

1.  Provide an opportunity for local community leaders to share information and network.

2.  To understand the impact of post-September 11 backlash, homeland security policies and other issues confronting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities and the organizations that serve them

3.  to gather information and insights that can inform foundations about community needs and solutions and that can be used to advocate for increased philanthropic investments in these communities.

The content of this report is derived from the roundtable discussions, telephone conversations, and in-person interviews. They seek to inform the Bay Area about the most salient issues impacting this population in order to support programs and strategies that respond to these issues.  The data is largely qualitative and produced by the 10 leaders at the roundtable discussions.  In addition they interviewed 4 local activists and attorneys that have provided services to this population.

The Report:

Arab, Middle Eastern and South Asian communities are among the fastest growing minority groups in the nation.  Post Sep.11th they have been the targets of hate crimes, racial profiling, and mass detentions and deportations.  Leaders of faith-based organizations and grassroots movements have been the ones to respond to the needs and protecting the rights of these communities.  However, these leaders and their organizations are limited in how much they can take on because they are not built to address these issues.

Have the events of September 11th shed light on the needs of South Asians in your community?

If so, do you feel like there are agencies available in your area that could address these issues?

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