The wound is the place where the light enters you
~~ Rumi

Dear SAHARA Family,

The way we live has changed so fast and dramatically that we are struggling to decide what “normal” will become, trying to prepare for an imagined future. Today it’s clear that as we imagine the future, there is an absolute need to create something far better than what was. What was normal, was profoundly broken- a disease worse than Covid19 that cannot be allowed to slide back into our community’s life. To create a bright future for our generations to come:

  • Justice for all needs to be a truth.
  • Please raise your voice.
  • Vote in every election.
  •  Make sure all your family, friends, and co-workers are registered to vote. Be an informed and active citizen.
  • Speak your truth to power in public and at the polls. 
  • Overcome any barriers to participate in public decisions
  • And empower others to do the same.

If you need us, SAHARA is always here for you.

Safety for domestic violence survivors: info@saharacares.org
Mental health support: smalik@saharacares.org
Elder care advocacy and avoiding eviction: bkazmi@saharacares.org
Public benefits: Fshahid@saharacares.org
Citizenship & Voter Registration : tshaikh@saharacares.org

Our blessings go out to each of you. SAHARA will support you in every way we can. Be well, be safe, be healthy and know that you are valued and appreciated.


With health & healing,
Marilyn Neece
Executive Director
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Krisha Patel, tells SAHARA how the "Shelter -in-Place" orders have affected her life.
  • How has the shutdown altered your daily life?

Though unusual, quarantine has enabled me to reassess my priorities and understand the fleeting nature of school. My life used to revolve around daily stresses, such as homework and tests, but only because school was such a significant aspect of my life. Now that packing my lunch, driving to school, being there for 8+ hours a day, is gone, so is the need to prove myself academically. I am finding that the idea of success is often tied to the way we spend our time. This realization allows me to control my self-image and apply myself to my passions rather than societal pressure. 

  • What is the one thing that has shocked you the most about how people are dealing with this pandemic?
 
The nihilistic mindset which many of today’s youth have is nothing new, but the magnitude of such negativity is. We are all stuck at home on the internet, which is designed to be an echo chamber of our own beliefs. I have found that those who had previously seen a balance between optimism and pessimism took the lockdown as a sign that nothing matters: they are here for a good time, not a long one. Thus, these people are meeting friends, going on vacation: reckless behavior that only lengthens quarantine and strengthens their belief.  

  • Once this is over, how do you think our world will change?

The stereotype of the youth being hermits craving nothing but isolation has dramatically diminished as older generations are exposed to the lengths people will go through to connect. There are Facebook groups with millions of accounts, all pretending to be an ant or bee colony, roleplaying, which gives them a sense of agency and structure, and the popularity of multiplayer video games has skyrocketed. Being exposed to people and ideologies from all over the world drastically improves the ability to empathize and accept differing opinions, creating a more tolerable, communicative future. 

  • If this virus has made you realize one thing, what is it?
 
The virus has eradicated hierarchies and societal influences, subsequently increasing the importance of meaningful friendships and relationships. This has allowed the phrase “quality over quantity” to sink in, as there is no longer any benefit to having even 500 friends if none of them are close enough to reach out to after school. 
Happy Father's Day
to all those who take on the role of being a father. We salute you!
Here is what we learned from our fathers
Are You Registered to VOTE?
l Now more than ever it is important to get out and let your voice be heard.  
If you need help to register or not sure if you are registered, please contact SAHARA at
562-402-4132 
or email us at  tshaikh@saharacares.org  or go to:

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Happy Pride Month!
 In the early hours of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, and began hauling customers outside.  
The uprising became a catalyst for an emerging gay rights movement as organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance were formed. Members held protests, met with political leaders and interrupted public meetings to hold those leaders accountable. A year after the Stonewall riots, the nation's first Gay Pride marches were held. 
Bill Clinton was the first US President to officially recognize Pride Month in 1999. 
 
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