Colors of the Commonwealth: a Panel Discussion on Building Alliances to Combat Hate

Colors of the Commonwealth: a Panel Discussion on Building Alliances to Combat Hate

Saturday, May 6, 2017 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

Commonwealth Seminar

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