April 25, 2012 (Fremont, California) – Less than a week after receiving unanimous support in the Labor Committee in the California Assembly, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (AB1964) again received unanimous support and passed through the Judiciary Committee. The bill now moves forward to the Appropriations Committee for another hearing in early May. If this bill becomes law, it will sharply reduce job discrimination against Sikhs and other religious minorities in California.
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LONG ROAD AHEAD – COMMUNITY SUPPORT REQUIRED
The process of passing a law is difficult. It took the Sikh Coalition, together with the community, six years and substantial resources to pass a city version of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act in New York City. National advocacy organizations with multimillion dollar budgets can take decades to pass laws that protect our civil rights. We urge the California Sikh community to keep the momentum going and pass AB1964 this year.
During the next few weeks, the Sikh Coalition will continue to provide resources to ensure that California Sikhs remain at the forefront of this historic initiative. If you live in California, please sign and share our automatic petition in support of AB1964.
The Sikh Coalition is thankful to the California Sikh community for its continuing support of this initiative. As always, we encourage Sikhs everywhere to fearlessly maintain their articles of faith.