Desis Rising Up and Moving
(DRUM), a non-profit founded in 2000 to organise South Asian immigrant workers and youth, focuses more on community self-defense.
The executive director of Desis Rising Up and Moving
(or Drum), Fahd Ahmed, told The Guardian that he was wary of the police and their surveillance, stating, "More electronic surveillance, a lot more surveillance through social media over the last three years since this new administration has come in," Ahmed said, speaking of the NYPD's surveillance program.
Monami Maulik, director of Desis Rising Up and Moving
(DRUM), which has fought on behalf of South Asians in INS detention since 2000, says she assumes that their Jail Hotline is tapped since the government monitors contact between detainees and advocates.
Various mobilizations have dealt with the scapegoating of immigrants on different levels, from weekly protests at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center and other actions organized by groups like Desis Rising Up and Moving
, the Prison Moratorium Project, and the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants, to the formation of the CUNY for All Coalition, which has been organizing against immigrant tuition hikes.