Deepa Iyer

Collection of handmade 9/11 missing person posters outside of New York City's Saint Vincent Hospital

In Our Own Words: Reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Muslim, Arab, South Asian and Sikh activists and allies recall where they were on September 11, 2001 and how that day has shaped their movements and resistance today. 

Today marks four years since a gunman tied to White supremacist organizations stormed mass at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and killed six people on August, 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

Today Marks 4 Years Since the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Massacre

In an act of solidarity, community members are memorializing not only this massacre, but also the victims of the Orlando Pulse mass shooting.

Here's Why Indiana Should #FreePurvi Patel on Appeal

The Indiana Court of Appeals will hear arguments today in the case of Purvi Patel, the Indian-American woman sentenced to 20 years for feticide and neglect of a dependent in 2015. Advocates say her treatment was racially biased and will deter other pregnant women from seeking medical care.

Media and Political Responses to San Bernardino Massacre Reveal Racial Coding and Assumptions of Collective Guilt

These occur in the midst of an already-vicious anti-Muslim backlash.

3 Years After the Sikh Temple Massacre, Hate-Violence Prevention Is Key

Three years ago today, a white supremacist barged into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and fatally shot six people. Deepa Iyer argues that we must focus on preventing rather than fighting hate violence.

Spelling Race

Two race-based narratives dominate coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee each year—and they’re both misguided.

Cleveland Commits to Broad Changes to its Police Practices

By signing a U.S. Department of Justice Department consent decree, the city's police department is agreeing to address officers' excessive use of force, implicit bias, treatment of people who are mentally ill, and a range of other problems.

Dispatch from Ferguson: Convenience Store Owners Talk Race

In Ferguson for the National Weekend of Resistance, activist and writer Deepa Iyer talked to area South Asian and Arab-American shopkeepers about race, community and police.

Stop and Frisk, South Asians and Kal Penn's Tweets

South Asian leaders oppose stop and frisk, and Kal Penn agrees.

Dispatch From Oak Creek: Healing Wounds, Stopping Hate

One year after white supremacist Wade Michael Page killed six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, a reflection on the lives lost and lessons learned