Bay Area Solidarity Summer is organized by a volunteer group of progressive organizers committed to supporting and mentoring the next generation of South Asian organizers.
Core organizers do the behind-the-scenes work, but most sessions are run by external trainers and guests who reflect the diversity of issues, skills, and identities in our communities.
Our core organizers for 2021 include:
Shams-Tabraiz Muzaffar is a Youth Solidarity Summer alum and has worked with development, humanitarian aid, research, education, and labor organizations in a range of countries including Pakistan, Eritrea, Ghana, South Africa, and the United States. He is also co-director of the forthcoming documentary film Son of a Bug. He loves ice cream and milkshakes.
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.
Palvinder Kaur is a public health, education, and social justice enthusiast. She was previously the Director of Development and Programs for Jakara Movement. She is passionate about building community power and inspiring changemakers. She enjoys photography and accepts tips to improve her skills!
Anirvan Chatterjee is a techie, activist, and storyteller. He curates the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, and has been a core organizer with groups like ASATA, Brown and Green, the Desi Queer Helpline, the Kala Bagai Way campaign, AJA, the Progressive Bengali Network, and South Asian Histories for All. He used to run a tech startup, but now spends his weekends trawling through old newspapers, trying to uncover secret Desi histories.
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.