Meher Dhaliwal
Civil Rights Program Manager, Equal Justice Society
Meher Dhaliwal was born in California but grew up in Northern India, where she experienced firsthand the joy and growth within community living. She graduated from UC Berkeley, with a major in Political Economy. In college, she honed her class-consciousness and political beliefs. She currently works at the Equal Justice Society in Oakland. Meher is a proud and progressive Punjabi American, dedicated to building relationships within the progressive South-Asian community, to foster cross-racial solidarity. Meher is currently the Civil Rights Program Manager at the Equal Justice Society (EJS), in Oakland, California. At EJS, she coordinates the California Civil Rights Coalition and assists with other projects including combating voter suppression and helping with statewide political organizing. Meher is also a core volunteer with South Asians for Black Lives, an endeavor focused on dismantling anti-Blackness within the South Asian community by exploring South Asian identity and educating fellow South Asians. Prior to her work at EJS, she worked at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work experience has allowed her the privilege of melding her passions with her career – she focuses on civil rights and racial justice, with a particular interest in voting rights and economic equity. In college, Meher conducted Anti-Oppression workshops for students, encouraging them to understand their place within the intersection of privilege and oppression, to foster a more inclusive environment. She also facilitated a student-led class, focusing on the intersections of gender, identity, privilege, and sexuality. Through planning curriculum and conducting workshops, she encouraged students to engage with a wide variety of topics, including systems of oppression, mental health, safer sex, trauma and healing, and reproductive health for individuals of all genders. In the future, Meher hopes to pursue higher education within the law and public policy fields. Her work so far has taken her from political fundraising and event planning, and community outreach and education, to statewide ballot measure campaigns and national voter empowerment work. She’s eager to keep moving down this path while continuing to learn, build community, and practice mindfulness.