Our fight is to bring economic justice to the workers everywhere, and social justice to our nation. Through the active participation, dedicated volunteerism, and engagement with the labor movement and being part of all other progressive initiatives that will help fulfill everyone’s American dream!
Our members consist of individuals who believe in the ASAAL movement. They are the South Asian union members of Local, National, and International unions, community activists and leaders, various professionals, self-employed individuals, and small business owners. And anybody and everybody who believes in the ASAAL movement.
We pledge to work in coalition with organized labor and other allies who have lead us for so long. On many issues we are working with the local chapters of the Coalition of Black Trade Unions (CBTU), Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA).
The Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL), is the first and only national organization of the South Asian diaspora living in America and around the world. Our vision is to increase the culture of civic engagement and participation while increasing the activism of South Asian Americans in every field possible.
The Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL), was founded in 2008 and by 2022 we have 18 chapters in ten States including nine Chapters in New York State and a chapter in each of New Jersey, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, California, and Washington DC.
As the largest labor based community organization, we are looking for candidates to join our team who will bring innovatiive memthods and cutting edge ideas to help grow our diverse mebmerships base, support oworkers rights and engineers, scientists, Doctor, self-employed, non-profit employees
From our inception we are taking action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports an issue or defends a matter, or pleads on behalf of our community. As a labor based community organization we give voice to the voice- less, we are for the least, for the lost and for the last. We help domestic abuse victims who feel too afraid to speak for themselves to those who fall victim in an area within our reach!.
Our guidance means to advise or provide information by a person of experience, to solve a problem or improve on something. It refers to the process of helping individuals to discover and develop their own potential. With our guidance many were able to be successful in their field and many were established in their life. Sometimes a simple word can take someone far and wide in their future.
Organize the unorganized. Community organizing is what we do the best, in which we bring communities together to act in their shared self-interest. It is the establishment of effective authority relationships among members, persons and within work places and locations. Our group is to work together effectively in motivating others in the community to join them to be part of mainstream politics.
Voter registration is one of the most important tasks we do as an organization. Every year in every chapter we register 100s of citizens as a registered voter. To register different States have their own processing system. In the State of New York they offer online voter registration. One can register by mail a voter registration form, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer. Please follow the voter registration guide line in your state.
We campaign on an issue that is important for our community. Through our Screening Committee we select candidates through a vigorous screening process. We know what a difference it makes when we elect leaders who have our backs. For our endorsed candidates we put our boots on the ground, knocking doors, handshaking and talking to the voter, phone banking, bringing out the voter on election days to win the position.
Our goal is to increase the culture of civic engagement and participation while creating employment opportunities for South Asian American workers in any field possible. We always strive to help our community to grow and prosper and we know without proper information, guidelines, advice, and related education it will remain difficult for new immigrant South Asians to get a good paying job with benefits.
Since our inception we have worked with hundreds of other labor, faith, socio-economic, and community based organizations throughout the country in demanding equal opportunity, fairness, and justice for all. Our work with the 2010 and 2020 census was highly recognized by all. We are fighting with coalition partners every day for the community whether it is to protest to have childcare, Social Service, fight for fifteen and beyond, free lunch for School Children, stop Parks or Library cuts or to help organize the un-organized like Amazon and Starbucks workers in New York City.
ASAAL seeks to fulfill the dream of those South Asian American Laborers who are struggling to establish their voices to be heard, their issues to be discussed, their courage to be recognized and their leadership to be accepted within the existing labor union movement and in the community they live. Our goal is to have South Asian representative voices at the table at all levels of decision-making that affects our community. From the community Board to the union hall, to the chambers of elected officials, and to the corporate board room. ASAAL wants to build a movement that would bring all our commitment, strengths, and varied talents to join the unending effort to achieve economic, political, and social justice for every South Asian worker in particular and every American worker in general”.
After the 2010 and 2020 censuses our re-districting committee through numerous testimonies has helped in creating City Council, Assembly, and Senate Districts with higher South Asian populations where ever it was demographically possible. This can help to elect our own candidate. On March 16, 2012 to increase the participation of South Asian voters, we testified at the Board of Election in support of introducing Bengali on the New York City Election Ballot under section 203 of the Federal Voting Rights Act and added interpreters in different languages including Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and Gujrati thus creating employment opportunities for hundreds of South Asian Americans on Election Days across the City.
What We Care About
All working people deserve good jobs and the power to determine their wages and working conditions. Here are some of the way working. Asaal help working people in America keep and improve their legal right to safe, healthy and fair conditons at workCall To Action
- Executive Comittee
Shah E. Ahmed
Retired Joint Secretary
I have been in this country for decades and seen many organizations but no one compares to ASAAL. I decided to join as a Lifetime Member, and became active and part of the ASAAL movement.
Professor - CUNY
Since I arrived in this City, I have seen many organizations and were involved in a few of them. ASAAL is in a class by itself. I have proudly joined ASAAL as a life member and am active in its good work.
IT Professor, Fordham University
I have been working for the state and teaching at universities for many years. Im very impressed with the vision and mission of ASAAL to bring our community to mainstream politics.
CUNY Adjunct, York College
From the first meeting I got the impression that this is the only organization I will always be part of and involved with. The way it brings the politics to the community for the average person is remarkable.
Director, NYC Finance
I have never been involved with any organization but when I joined ASAAL it clicked with me and I decided to get involved. Clearly it brings dignity and respect to the South Asian Community
Hon. Abdus S. Miah
Supervisor, County of Columbiae
The day I met Brother Maf Uddin at the NYS Capital Region Chapter opening I knew finally we are going to make a big difference in American politics. ASAAL has really helped communities voice heard.
Mohammed Sabul Uddin
JMC Board Member
Whatever I do and wherever I go, I proudly say Im a product of ASAAL. I became a Judicial Delegate and ran for City Council all due to ASAAL. I learned here to lead and as such Im a life member.
Welcome to ASAAL, together we are the voice of the Nation's South Asian Community.