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5 Ways in which ISW will respond to recent events

The last few months have seen several events that have had a deep impact on our community.  This includes the disturbing acts of violence against people of Indian origin in some parts of the country.  Many of you have asked - “What should ISW do to respond?”

I am writing to share some of my  thoughts on this and to ask for your feedback.

ISW is a non-political organization, however there are some important  ways we can help bring our local community together :

 

1. Cultural:

ISW will continue to share our culture with the communities that we live in and promote understanding of the Indian culture. We will make a special effort to highlight the “Unity in Diversity” that is a unique part of the Indian Cultural fabric. “Unity in Diversity” will be the theme of this year’s India Day at the DCU center as well!

 

2. Community Service:

ISW is engaged in several volunteer efforts that serve the the local communities that we live in,  for example - The Free Health Stop at India Center, elder support group (Humrahee) and several activities of the India Youth Group. We will continue to expand these volunteer activities and enhance visibility of the great work that our volunteers do!

 

3. Educate and Engage:

We will offer a platform to educate and engage our community around local and community issues and encourage involvement in local civic organizations. We have two seminars coming up on this theme -

  • On April 1st we will host a panel discussion for the candidates for Shrewsbury’s  Selectmen positions, where all residents can understand the candidates’ positions and make their voice heard.

  • On April 8th we will host a seminar on Know your Rights covering immigration, travel and civic rights of residents and local laws impacted by recent announcements.
     

4. Help & Support

ISW continues to have a very responsive Crisis committee standing by to help members in need. If you know someone who has been impacted by recent events and needs help - please reach out to us.   

 

5. Partnerships

ISW will continue to build and expand partnerships with regional community organizations to present a unified voice to the community across New England. India Day at DCU Center brings together over 50 organizations including  Indian regional cultural organizations and other nonprofits.  We participated in a recent vigil in Boston organized by the Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE). We are in discussions to organize more statewide joint events with IAFPE and IAGB.

 

All of the activities and events share one common element - You! ISW has been blessed to have active community members who make its many events possible and I look forward to working with you on these events.


Ashish Cowlagi is the President of the India Society of Worcester. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.