Connecting and empowering the Indian American community
IACS serves the Indian American community through programs, services, and advocacy for people of all ages and life stages. We help seniors, youth, women, and families with the often difficult and complex circumstances that affect their daily lives. In addition to helping them manage logistics and details, we help them build connections with others in a safe and welcoming environment so that everyone feels they’ve found a place where they truly belong.
AAPI Anti- Hate
We, The Indian American Community Services – IACS (formerly IAWW) strongly condemns the horrific shootings in the Atlanta, GA area, killing eight people, six being women of Asian descent. AAPIs across the nation continue to remain shocked, struggling with the fear and anxiety from such senseless violence. We stand in solidarity with all Asian American, Pacific Islander and BIPOC communities.
The Stop AAPI Hate coalition reported over 3,700 hate incidents between March 2020 and February 2021 and this does not include the innumerable incidents that go unreported as many AAPIs and members of the BIPOC communities retreat into anonymity and silence when bullied or reeling from such hate-filled acts.
We must acknowledge the structural violence, misogyny, racism, classism, and white supremacy in the senseless violence that continues to strike at the soul of our nation. Anti-Asian racism is not new to the United States rather the year 2020 with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racism have exposed what has been eroding our nation’s communities for centuries.
Yet, our work is not done by simply stating the above, rather this is the time for us to take responsibility for change in our city, county, state and nation, in the conversations both at decision-making tables and at home, to call out the ridiculing and stereotyping of BIPOC, AAPI communities, invest time on conversations and calls to action on divesting and investing into community bridge building efforts, get involved in civic work to ensure we elect leaders who represent us and whose values and vision align to ensure the thriving of all communities.
We hope that every member of our community recognizes and does not forget the fear, pain and outrage rightly provoked by such senseless killing. As in the summer of 2020, we once again commit to looking inward to address our own biases around race, religion, caste, class, and color while working towards much needed change in addressing structural racism, classism and misogyny.
Black Lives Matter
We, the Indian American Community Services (IACS), denounce the ongoing discrimination and violence against the black community in the United States. We are deeply sorry for our years of apathy and silence on this matter until now. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 – allowing our immigrant community, along with many other black and brown immigrants into the United States – was created because of the civil rights movement fought for by the black community. We have a responsibility and a duty to be better allies to the black community by actively working to end this pandemic of racism and continuously affirming that Black Lives Matter. In the coming weeks and months, we urge every member of our community to self-educate, reflect on, help combat the daily deep-rooted racism and discrimination that the black community faces. We hope that every member of our community recognizes and does not forget the fear, pain and outrage rightly provoked by the senseless killing of George Floyd (and many others).
We commit to looking inward to address our own biases around race, religion, caste, class, and color while pushing for reparations and integration. We pledge to advocate for a system where reparation would involve an official apology for centuries of slavery and discrimination, and the money necessary to overcome their effects.
Investing reparation funds into traditionally black, often diverse neighborhoods, through social innovations, community housing, family and support services, transportation, education, K-12 education savings accounts and after-school programs vs. providing additional investments into law enforcement programs is critical. To start, we will work with our peers in our black communities to ensure that we support COVID-19 emergency assistance needs for small businesses and families as a collaborative effort, while continuing to self-examine and educate ourselves.
While many may look for a return to normalcy, George Floyd’s death (and those of countless other Black Americans before him) is evidence enough that we do not wish for this “normalcy”. Intense, daily work will be needed to keep supporting and advocating for our Black community in pursuit of justice and equality. We commit to following our Black leaders charge in this work and urge you to join us in this movement.
“IACS is for everyone. Seniors, adults, youth, children and women. When there is no family to support you and loss is so deep, I reached to IACS to help me get back on my feet.”