The group has been at the forefront of protests advocating for the rights of Muslims and immigrants in Queens.
“Our community, the South Asian immigrant community, needed an organization of our own, especially one where immigrant and low-income immigrant mothers, daughters, families can have a voice in the city,” says Monami Maulik, founder of DRUM, told NY1.
The need for a group such as DRUM became evident as the population of South Asians quickly grew in the New York area.
“At that time, South Asians all of a sudden became a huge population in the city, from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands, so we quickly had to start doing immigrant rights work,” Maulik says.
You can read more about DRUM in NY1.