Bay Area Solidarity Summer is organized by a volunteer group of progressive activists committed to supporting and mentoring the next generation of young South Asian organizers. Contact us if you're interested in volunteering or have other questions. Our 2019 core organizers include:
Anirvan Chatterjee is a techie, storyteller, and activist with roots in Bengal and Berkeley. He's built a tech company, read 1,700 books, and currently works with the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, ASATA, and the Desi LGBTQ Helpline.
Anu Mandavilli has been involved in social justice work with community organizations, social movements, and labor unions in India and the U.S. She was part of the Mining Zone Peoples’ Solidarity Group research collective, working with communities in Orissa, India, fighting land grabs by steel giant POSCO. She has worked on campaigns around Hindu nationalism and corporate accountability with Friends of South Asia and the Free Binayak Sen campaign. Locally, she works with the San Jose Peace and Justice Center and the Coalition for Justice and Accountability towards civilian oversight of the SJPD.
Anushka Fernandopulle lives and learns in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has been engaged in progressive movements for LGBTQ equality, racial justice, and peace for much of her life. Anushka also works as a consultant with community-based organizations, leadership coach, and Dharma teacher.
Arati Warrier is a poet, educator, and BASS 2017 alum. She's a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion and a recipient of the Academy of American Poets prize. She also has 5 years of experience working for youth poets. Arati currently organizes with the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action and works as a full time high school English teacher.