WHO WE ARE
We envision a democracy where every citizen utilizes their rights, knowledge and confidence in order to participate and voice their needs and desires. We believe in the power of South Asian-Americans to promote towards the establishment of a true democracy in practice. The South Asian American community of the United States was first established in the early 1700s when a group of Bengali businessmen landed at the port of New Orleans. Soon westward settlement occurred through the advent of Punjabi Sikh farmers that have migrated from Canada to California. Today, South Asian Americans are one of fastest growing immigrant populations in the United States with a population of 3.4 million and counting! The vast group is comprised of Bhutanese, Sri Lankan, Nepali, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani ethnic groups.
From the 1700s till now South Asian Americans have contributed and elevated civic life within all fields of science in the United States. Particularly in the fields of medicine, engineering, business, finance and information technology. They are one of the most patriotic immigrant groups today. They are our Police Officers, Veterans, Technologists, Entrepreneurs, Political Activists and most importantly our neighbors and fellow Americans. From sacrifices made by South Asian American veterans like U.S. Army Captain, Humayun Khan (who bravely put himself in front of a bomb to protect his fellow soldiers) to contributors in the field of science and astrophysics such as the first South Asian American women, Kalpana Chawla to go to space and tech giant, Alphabet Corporation’s (Google), Coca-Cola, Intel, Citi Group, Hedge Fund and major Bio-Pharmaceutical CEOs and YouTube founder are of South Asian descent.
South Asian American Voters Association will continually empower the South Asian American community through advocacy. The organization will exclusively give back to the United States by standing with their fellow Americans. SAAVA is a non-profit organization that works closely with candidates, representatives and political parties at the City, State and Federal levels of government. Our organization is always working towards vital issues and concerns of our members and the public of our communities.
SAAVA is a recognizable active participant in government. The organization works towards simplifying the understanding of major public policy issues and how it impacts our communities. In addition, the organization helps to influence public policy through education, advocacy and activism.
SAAVA emphasizes to register and empower voters, provide voters with election information through voter guides, emails as well as candidate forums and debates.