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Colors of the Commonwealth: a Panel Discussion on Building Alliances to Combat Hate
May 6, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday, May 6, 207 from 2pm – 4 pm
Wong Auditorium, MIT, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge
Did you, your parents, your grandparents or your ancestors come to this great nation by land, sea or air? Well, then this event is for you!
Event Opening Speaker: Vivek Bald – Sikh American MIT Scholar, writer & documentary film maker
Join us in this discussion moderated by Dr. V. Kasturi Rangan, Professor of Marketing and co-chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School.
We are honored to have an outstanding panel consisting of:
- Commissioner William Evans – Boston Police Department
- Genevieve Nadeau – Chief, Civil Rights Division, Office of Attorney General of Massachusetts
- Kashif Syed – Community Outreach, Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC)
- Robert Trestan – Executive Director, New England Region Anti Defamation League
Event Closing Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Oye – Japanese American MIT faculty and political scientist
In light of rising hate crimes and a sense of fear among residents who could be the target of such crimes, the panel will discuss effective strategies and tactics to help you. Learn about your rights, how to reach out to law enforcement officials when needed and live a normal life without fear.
This is an opportunity for concerned citizens, including all segments of the South Asian community, to come together to share your experiences, learn from the panel and develop your community’s coordinated response plan.
The event is FREE but seating is limited, please register to ensure attendance.
This event is organized by The Indian American Forum for Political Education (MA Chapter) and hosted by the MIT India and MIT South Asia. It is supported by numerous South Asian and other organizations.
Here is the list as of April 22, 2017.
Association of Pakistani Physicians of New England
Aligarh Business and Management Association of North America
American India Foundation
Art of Living
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association
Coalition for a Democratic India
Direct Action Women’s Network
Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA
India Association of Greater Boston
Islamic Center of Boston Wayland
India Society of Worcester
IIT Association of Greater New England
New England Kannada Koota
New England Marathi Mandal
Old Martinian Association of New England
Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs
Pakistan Association of Greater Boston
South Asian Bar Association
Sir Syed Education Society of North America
South Asian Center
Tamil Makkal Mandaram
Vishwa Hindu Parishad
Events are open to all community members. We welcome people of every identity, ability/disability, and background, and will strive to meet all needs for full participation.