April 19, 2012 (Fremont, California) – In a show of community power, California Sikhs packed a hearing room in the California Assembly yesterday and testified in favor of AB1964, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act. As a result, the bill passed through the Labor and Employment Committee and will be considered by the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
Click here to read the testimony of Amandeep Singh
Click here to watch a video of the hearing
Click here to view photos of the hearing
This is the first time in California's history that the Workplace Religious Freedom Act has survived a committee vote, and this is a credit to the power of Sikhs to provide leadership on civil rights issues for all Americans.
NEXT STEPS – BIG CHALLENGES REMAIN
On Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 8AM, AB1964 will be considered by the Judiciary Committee in the California Assembly. In order to move forward, the bill must receive a majority vote in the committee. There are several ways for you to support this effort at this crucial stage.
If you live in California
Call Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Feuer at (916) 319-2042, and respectfully request that the Assembly Member co-author AB1964, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act. In addition to calling, please sign our automatic petition to California legislators in support of AB1964.
If you live outside California
Please share this advisory and our petition with your friends and family in California through Facebook and email.
The Sikh Coalition is grateful to the California Sikh community for its partnership and inspiring community mobilization in support of AB1964. As always, the Sikh Coalition urges Sikhs everywhere to fearlessly maintain their articles of faith.