August 20, 2014
SABA NORTH AMERICA STANDS WITH SABA ST. LOUIS IN CALLING FOR A RETURN TO CALM IN FERGUSON
(St. Louis, MO) – The chaos and events in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri have shown us how a single act can create a much larger ripple effect. It is past time for call for an end to the violence and turmoil that is tearing apart that community. The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) joins its local chapter, the South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (SABA-StL) and other Asian American organizations in urging a return to calm.
Many of the stores being affected by the looting are South Asian owned, including the Ferguson Liquor and Market, which was targeted in both the first and second rounds of looting. SABA North America is proud to stand with SABA-StL as its president Sreenu Dandamudi, states, “The South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis will donate half of its net proceeds for this week's First Annual Luncheon to the Regional Business Council's Reinvest North County Fund. In addition, we are available to provide legal assistance to ALL affected business owners in need of help. We can be reached through our Secretary, Azra Ahmad, (314) 932-7040." The Fund is to help small businesses affected by the unrest in Ferguson as well as to assist school districts in the area.
SABA North America President Mansi Shah added, “This is too large an issue to stay quiet, but it is important to allow the investigation and legal system take its course. Until then, we have to assist where we can.”
SABA North America (formerly NASABA/North American South Asian Bar Association) is a voluntary bar organization and serves as an umbrella organization to 26 chapters in the United States and Canada. SABA North America is a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement for South Asian attorneys in North America and seeks to protect the rights and liberties of the South Asian community across the continent. Learn more at www.sabanorthamerica.com
Neil C. Maskeri
Vice President of Public Relations
South Asian Bar Association of North America