Desis Rising Up and Moving

DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving is a multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian and Indo-Caribbean immigrant workers and youth in New York City.

Founded in 2000, DRUM has mobilized and built the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian and Indo-Caribbean immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives – from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice.

DRUM’s organizing model involves five core elements:

  1. Base building– Daily outreach in schools, workplaces, communities
  2. Leadership Development– Monthly workshops, trainings, and Leadership Institutes to build the skills of our members in policy change campaigns and social justice issues.
  3. Policy Campaigns– Running short and long term campaigns to reform policies at the city, state, federal, and international levels on issues ranging from immigration, civil rights, education, and labor rights.
  4. Alliance Building– Forging collaborations with diverse communities and sectors to build strong social justice movements for change.
  5. Institution Building– Building democratic and mass participatory spaces for people otherwise marginalized from shaping public policy


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