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 2020 core organizers 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 works with ASATA and the Desi LGBTQ Helpline. He used to run a tech startup, but now he spends his weekends trawling through old newspapers, trying to uncover secret Desi histories.
Asha Mehta has done leadership development with nonprofits and movements from across the country. She has previously been a community school coordinator, high school teacher, youth empowerment program director, and executive director. She loves to spend time listening to music with her son, reading, and swimming. She secretly dreams of being a standup comic one day.