The efficacy of our campaign work is also demonstrated by victories like the Seattle City Council’s passage of Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s landmark bill to ban caste discrimination in the city. This momentous win was achieved as a result of a decade of Dalit feminist organizing that broke the silence on caste oppression. We are rapidly building power across our movement to fight against caste discrimination and bigotry.
While our campaign in Seattle was the first time in the U.S. that we witnessed the passage of legislation that advances caste equity, we continue to gear up, advocate, and build power to ensure all cities, states, and institutions in the U.S. add caste as a protected category. The future holds much promise for caste equity.