Dalit Solidarity Forum USA
Dalit Solidarity Forum in the USA, Inc. (DSF) was founded in 1999 to provide visibility to and to engage in activism to condemn discriminations and violence faced by Dalits (formerly known as “untouchables”). Due to the caste system, an ancient system of human classification still practiced in India, and today, globally as well, Dalits are rejected and socially excluded as “outcasts” by the rest of the Indian population. They are everyday victims of structurally embedded discrimination in all social sectors; forced to live in extreme poverty; subject to constant dehumanization, and unspeakable violence. DSF strongly believes that caste-based discrimination anywhere is a human rights violation and strives to continue to raise awareness and to be proactively involved along with Dalit communities to claim human dignity as our right.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
― Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail