South Asian Group Rallies for Reshma

Reshma Saujani meeting with ASAAL's Bronx chapter. (Photo: Twitter/ASAAL08)

Reshma Saujani meeting with ASAAL’s Bronx chapter. (Photo: Twitter/ASAAL08)

It’s not a surprise, but it’s a key part of Reshma Saujani’s strategy as she campaigns for public advocate this year.

The Alliance of South Asian-American Labor, a group that’s worked to mobilize South Asian voters in past elections, officially threw their support to Ms. Saujani today, vowing to help elect her as the city’s first official of South Asian descent.

“The South Asian community is on the rise in New York City, with a population expanding to well over 300,000,” the group’s press released claimed. “South Asian voter turnout in the 2013 New York City elections is expected to break records thanks to the advocacy and successful voter drives led by organizations like ASAAL.”

“Reshma’s story is our story – she came here and worked hard to succeed, and now she’s working to protect that same opportunity for all New Yorkers,” Maf Misbah Uddin, ASAAL’s president, added in a statement.

Mr. Uddin’s thoughts echo an argument made by Himanshu “Heems” Suri, one of the members of the rap group Das Racist, who endorsed Ms. Saujani a month ago because he felt she would help the South Asian community find its political voice. Of course, mobilizing new immigrant communities is easier said than done and South Asians will only be a small slice of the overall citywide electorate, so Ms. Saujani still has her work cut out for her.

She faces a crowded field for the position, including State Senator Dan Squadron, Councilwoman Tish James, professor Cathy Guerriero and civilian NYPD official Sidique Wai.

South Asian Group Rallies for Reshma