South Asians Celebrate Passage of Resolution Opposing CAA and NRC by Seattle City Council
Seattle City Council became the first legislative body in the United States to take a stance on India’s CAA and NRC, which have created turmoil in India since the CAA passed in December 2019.
The resolution was passed on February 3rd causing celebrations amongst the hundreds of South Asians settled in Seattle who rallied and attended a midday City Council voteto express their support. . The resolution, introduced by Council member Kshama Sawant, opposes India’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), affirm Seattle as a welcoming city, and express City Council’s solidarity with Seattle z’s South Asian community regardless of religion and caste.
Individuals and organisations from the South Asia community such as API Chaya, Tasveer, IAMC Seattle, Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Washington, Seattle South Asians Building Accountability & Healing (SABAH), Khalsa Gurmat Center Federal Way, Gurudwara of Renton, Gurudwara of Auburn, Gurudwara of Kent, Gurudwara of Bothell and the Seattle LGBTQ Commission joined national organizations Equality Labs, Amnesty International USA,and the Ambedkar King Study Circle have spoken up against the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and NRC (National Register of Citizens).
Veena Roy of SABAH said in the press release, “As South Asians in Seattle, SABAH confirms that the CAA is not an internal issue to India, and that Seattle must take a stand against it. There are thousands here in Seattle who are intimately connected to the minority experience in India, some have needed to migrate here after similar violence in the past, and many who have family in India who directly experience the violence that the Indian government clamors to keep hidden. We know that Kshama Sawant’s resolution is much more than a symbolic gesture. It has created ripples in the Greater Seattle Area, even in India. As a community of Seattle, a sanctuary city that fights for equality and safety for the undocumented, we applaud the passing of this resolution.”
(Extracted from twocircles.net)