Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) Records

Collection Overview

Date Range: 2002-2006(?)
Language(s): English (5), Uncategorized (32)
Number of Items: 37
Item Types: Photograph (31), Newspaper Clipping (1), Newsletter (1), Uncategorized (4)
Collection Creator: Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)
Donor(s): Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM)

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About the Collection

Collection Description
The bulk of the collection consists of photographs of protests and other direct actions that DRUM either organized or in which its members participated. Also included are flyers for DRUM actions, issues of its publications, and one newspaper clipping. DRUM activities documented in these materials include informational sessions, training workshops, and its first public action, organized in 2000 in response to the acquittals of the four police officers who killed Amadou Diallo, a 22-year-old immigrant from Guinea. Other DRUM actions include protests of American immigration laws and the "War on Terror" with campaigns such as “INS De-Detention,” “Stop the Disappearances,” and “Know Your Rights” events.

Biographical History
Founded in 2000, DRUM (formerly known as “Desis Rising Up and Moving”) is a membership-led organization comprised of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City. DRUM focuses on mobilizing and building the leadership capacity of its membership to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives—from immigrant rights and education reform to civil rights and worker’s justice. DRUM is multi-generational and aims to represent the diaspora of the South Asian community – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Guyana, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad. (This brief biographical note is taken from the DRUM website "About Us" page, located here:

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Access & Use: Items in this SAADA collection are open for research. Items may not be sold or redistributed, copied or distributed as a photograph, electronic file, or any other media without express written consent from the copyright holder and the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). The user is responsible for all issues of copyright.

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