25 March 2008

Translators Needed: Indian Guest Workers, MS/LA -> DC

I don't know if you've heard about the guest worker strike, but many of these Indians are marching to DC this weekend to protest their poor treatment in Louisiana and Mississippi. They are in need of translators. My Hindi sucks, but even I'm volunteering – it's got to be better than nothing.


Begin forwarded message:

From: Aparna Kothary
Date: March 25, 2008 3:31:11 PM EDT
Subject: Re: Housing ''for Indian Guest Workers

Dear all,

Thank you for your help in finding housing for the workers! Fortunately, we found a church in DC that has agreed to house ALL of the workers. This is an ideal situation because it allows them to stay together and reduces the confusion of traveling around the city separately.

I also wanted to reach out to you to let you know that organizers of the march need help finding interpreters for March 27- April 2 for public meetings, strategy meetings, and some legal interviews. Translation needs include Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. They are looking for interpreters pro bono.

To assist, please email Rahul Saksena at with the following information:

-Language proficiency
-Date/time available (between March 27th-April 2nd)
-Your contact info (cell phone and email)

We are expecting to hold a community event later this week with the workers and other allies so we will definitely keep you posted on that as well!

You can follow the workers’ journey here:

Again, thank you so much for your help!


Aparna Kothary
Fundraising and Development Assistant/Americorps VISTA
SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together)
6930 Carroll Avenue, Suite 506
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Phone: 301-270-1855
Fax: 301-270-1882

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