Mayor Ravi Bhalla Declares Hoboken “Fair and Welcoming City”

January 5, 2018

Ravi Bhalla, the first Sikh man to become a mayor in New Jersey, was sworn into his new position as mayor of Hoboken on New Year’s Day. His first action as mayor was to declare Hoboken a “fair and welcoming city” by executive order. While the declaration shies away from the word “sanctuary,” perhaps in … Read More

Maalai: Chicago’s Sound Installation Exploring Intergenerational Trauma and the Untold Stories of South Asian Women

July 10, 2017

Maalai brings visibility to the trauma and untold stories of South Asian women through past and present. On July 21, Lakshmi Ramgopal’s sound installation, Maalai, will be displayed at Chicago’s DIY pop-up-show, Remembry. The installation uses Tamil and English recordings of women in Ramgopal’s family, written and photographic materials, and Hindu iconography to explore diaspora, … Read More

Anik Khan Releases His Single “Columbus” in Response to #MuslimBan

February 2, 2017

“America was made from black backs and brown shoulders, yellow and beige arms we brought culture” Queens-based rapper Anik Khan released his single “Columbus” today. The song is a direct response to the anti-immigration and racist fervor that led to Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from entering the country. In a post he made on Instagram right … Read More

Green Card

December 14, 2014

Did you know green cards are actually green? The well-worn, multi-folded form that stuck Through the back of my mother’s wallet Like a red letter like a brand forever pressed To her throat pointing like A ‘here I am here I am’ neon sign, a giant arrow Above her head blinking the truth. Green-eyed, green-papered, monster … Read More

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