South Asian Voices for Change

South Asian Voices for Change

Oregon Justice Resource Center, the Oregon chapter's Council on American-Islamic Relations and Unite Oregon presents: South Asian Voices for Change.

Hear a paneled discussion on how South Asian activists are working to make our community safe for all of us and discuss the book American Hate: Survivors Speak Out, a collection of stories and experiences of people affected by hate with its author, Arjun Sethi.


Our featured guest, Arjun Sethi:

Writer and human rights lawyer Arjun Singh Sethi is based in Washington, DC. He works closely with Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and Sikh communities and advocates for racial justice, equity, and social change at both the local and the national levels. His writing has appeared in CNN Opinion, The Guardian, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and he is featured regularly on national radio and television. He holds faculty appointments at Georgetown University Law Center and Vanderbilt University Law School, and presently co-chairs the American Bar Association's National Committee on Homeland Security, Counterterrorism, and Treatment of Enemy Combatants.

Our Moderator, Bobbin Singh:

Bobbin was born and raised in Atlanta, GA., and moved to Portland in 2003. After graduating from Lewis & Clark in 2011, he founded Oregon Justice Resource Center. Bobbin believes that mass incarceration, including over incarceration, mass conviction, and wrongful convictions, is in fact the greatest civil rights crisis of our time and we must all take ownership of it. He argues that for individual rights to have any meaning, we must protect them for everyone, without exception. Bobbin manages OJRC, oversees staff, volunteers and all programs, serves as its principal spokesperson and is currently a member of the Oregon Council on Civil Rights.

Our panelists:

Dr. Anjabeen Ashraf holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling. Her research explored the effects of discrimination on communities of color, focused on vicarious trauma in American Muslims, mental health counseling, career counseling, and social justice activism.She has an active research project that is examining the discrimination experiences of South Asians in the US. She is also a trauma informed counselor and educator.

Sushma Raghavan is a first generation American who was raised in the California Bay Area and moved to Portland in 2012.  After graduating from the University of Michigan, Sushma became a union organizer, first with AFSCME and then later with UFCW. Over the last ten years Sushma helped a diverse range workers—from sanitation workers to university staff to retail workers—organize unions to improve the material conditions of their lives. Sushma joined Unite Oregon as the Field Director in 2018 in order to help marginalized communities and people of color build power.

 Zakir Khan is a social justice driven educator and Board Chair to the Oregon chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Originally hailing from California and a proud community college student, he originally attended Mt. San Antonio College before transferring to UCLA to complete a BA in Political Science. From there, Zakir completed a MA in Communication Studies at CSU-Los Angeles and a JD from Loyola University–New Orleans.

During law school, Zakir advocated on behalf of many different marginalized groups. At the Center for Constitutional Rights, he successfully protected the rights of hundreds of people of color. As a member of Loyola’s Litigation and Technology Clinic, he represented indigent clients in Orleans Criminal District Court.


*This event is supported by Portland United Against Hate and the Office of Community & Civic Life

September 29, 2018 at 5:00pm - 7pm
Unite Oregon Portland Office
700 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
United States
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