Washington, March 15, 2017: Alarmed by the rising incidents of hate crimes with the Indian community in the United States, a new formed public affairs committee in the US has launched a nationwide awareness campaign to highlight how Indian-Americans have been an intrinsic part of the American fabric as part of efforts to prevent hate crimes against the community, reported PTI.
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“There is a need to bring understanding about the people of Indian-origin and represent their interests,” said Ashwani Dhall, one of the founding members of Indian-American Public Affairs Committee (IAPAC) which was recently formed in Chicago by four eminent Indian-Americans from across the country.
The IAPAC plans to hold town halls and grass root events across the country in a bid to refabricate the brotherhood of both communities. The IAPAC would also ask different cities and state governments to announce Indian-American awareness month.
As part of the campaign, events are being organized in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Dallas and Seattle.
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“By bringing together elected officials, local and business leaders and the media, the aim is to assure Indian-American community that incidents like the hate-crime in Kansas City are not tolerated or repeated. Through these events, IAPAC also wants to ensure that correct information about any existing policies is disseminated to people and there is no room left for rumours,” the statement from IAPAC read.
While talking with American Bazaar Online, Vinesh Virani, President of IAPAC said, “It was heartening to hear (President Donald) Trump denounce the Kansas City incident right at the start of his address to the Congress”.
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“We have hope that the current administration will work to bring everyone together,” he adds said.
IAPAC said it is a bipartisan and grassroots organization of Indian-Americans to advocate and safeguard the India-US relationship and the interests of Indian-Americans.
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