Arti Walker-Peddakotla

Arti Walker-Peddakotla is an Oak Park Village Trustee, first generation Indian American, U.S. Army veteran, community organizer, scientist, and technologist. Arti advocates for racial justice and reimagining community safety in Oak Park, IL with Freedom to Thrive Oak Park, immigrant and refugee rights with Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, and is a Defense Council member of Truman National Security Project.

Presentations from Facing Race 2020

Hindu Fascism: An All-American Threat

Hindu fascism did not begin with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This philosophy has been incubating in India and United States for decades. In this breakout, we will outline the history of Hindu fascism in both countries. This workshop will focus on the link between anti-Blackness and Hindu fascism and its role in advancing a white supremacy agenda in America. We’ll discuss not only the dangers of this ideology, but how we can fight its spread.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their knowledge of Hindu supremacy and evaluate its rise in America. We will explore what we can do to ensure that our organizing work is decoupled from Hindu supremacy, and how to pull Americans of Indian descent into the conversation. We'll build shared language and tools through an anti-caste, anti-supremacy lens.

Speakers: Sameena Mustafa, Arti Walker-Peddakotla, Sana Qutubuddin