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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
July 14, 2012
  • White House Holds First-Ever Briefing on Sikh Civil Rights Issues

    Jakaras were heard in the White House on June 8, 2012 during a briefing on Sikh civil rights issues in the heart of the federal government. The briefing, a historic first, was organized in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the White House Office of Public Engagement at the request of the Sikh Coalition.


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  • Sikh Coalition Advocate Publishes Essay in Sacramento Bee

    On July 5, 2012, the Sacramento Bee published an essay about AB1964, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, written by Sikh Coalition Advocate Winty Singh. If enacted into law, this historic bill will sharply reduce job discrimination against Sikhs and other religious minorities in California. The bill was approved by the California Assembly in May and will be considered by the California Senate during the next few weeks. If you live in California and support equal employment opportunity for all workers, please sign our petition to your state senators today.

  • Help Us Fight School Bullying of Sikh Children

    The Sikh Coalition is producing a national report on school bullying of Sikh children. To that end, we are surveying, interviewing, and conducting focus groups with Sikh children and their parents across the United States. We want to hear the voices of all our children across this great nation. Please take the time to fill out this important civil rights survey:

    Children's Survey on School Bullying

    Fifteen minutes of your time can make the difference between you or your children feeling victimized or empowered. What choice will you make?

  • Sikh Coalition Continues Meeting With Texas Educators

    On June 7, 2012, the Sikh Coalition was invited to present at a teacher's in-service day for Fort Bend Independent School District in Houston, Texas. The Coalition's Education Director was able to speak with 6th grade teachers about how to explain and teach their students about Vaisakhi, which was recently added to the Social Studies State Standards in 2010. Just a week later, the Region 7 Educational Service Center, located in Kilgore, Texas invited the Coalition to present at their annual Social Studies conference on June 13. The Coalition's Education Director led two sessions and explained the basic tenets of the Sikh faith. Many of these teachers expressed gratitude that the Coalition was able to provide these helpful resources, as they admitted, they did not know anything about Sikhism prior to these sessions.

    The Coalition is always willing and grateful to meet with educators to ensure that they have accurate and appropriate information about the faith to teach their students. We would like to thank Susan Voradakis and Cheri Hood for inviting the Coalition to these events.

  • Sikh Coalition Attends Stop & Frisk March in New York City

    The Sikh Coalition participated in New York City’s June 17th silent Stop & Frisk March. Interns, Shelley Kaur and Anshdeep Singh, and AmeriCorps*VISTAS, Ava Master and Morgan Turner, marched alongside over 300 civil rights groups and fellow New Yorkers. The march was implemented to tackle the NYPD’s “stop & frisk” practice which has been criticized as targeting minority groups, in particular Latin Americans and African Americans. Sikhs, knowing all too well the consequences of racial profiling, stood proud on this momentous occasion for the human rights of all people.

  • Now Accepting Entries for the 2012 Diversity Video Competition

    The Sikh Coalition invites you to create a video for this year’s Diversity Video Competition! The first place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and have his/her film premiered at the Sikh Art and Film Festival in New York City in November! The deadline for entry is September 30, 2012.

    Competition Topic

    My Crown - My Faith

    How does it feel to be a Sikh? Why don’t you try? Film-makers are encouraged to create a 5 minute video (or less) which depicts a non-Sikh adorning/wearing a Sikh turban for a day, and presenting himself/herself as a Sikh. The turban is a Sikh article of faith and should always be treated with respect. The film should capture the reactions of passersby, friends, and family members. Pre and post interviews with main characters are encouraged.

    Click here to learn more about the application process.

Apply to the Junior Sikh Coalition Today!

The Sikh Coalition is pleased to invite applications for the Junior Sikh Coalition, its youth leadership program. High school and college youth now have the opportunity to work closely with the Sikh Coalition staff to develop into fearless Sikh leaders. The junior members will meet at the Sikh Coalition’s head office in New York City to participate in group discussions, skills-building workshops, social justice trainings, community building exercises, and strategizing on campaign development. The deadline for applications is July 25, 2012 and applicants must:

  • Have a strong passion for social justice
  • Reside in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut
  • Be available to attend Camp Chardi Kala, a summer Sikh camp from August 12 – 19, 2012 (need-based scholarships available)
  • Commit to attending weekly meetings during the school year

For further information, contact Tejpreet Kaur at Tejpreet@sikhcoalition.org.

Come apply for the Junior Sikh Coalition today!

  • Announcing the Second Annual Bay Area 5K for the 5Ks on Saturday September 22, 2012

    The Sikh Coalition is proud to host its second annual ‘5K for the 5Ks’ Walk/Run in the Bay Area on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, California! Save the date and ask your family and friends to do the same.

    Registration will open on August 1, 2012. Stay tuned for more information and please visit: www.sikhcoalition.org/get-involved/5k-for-the-5ks.

    If you have any questions or are interested in sponsoring the event, please email 5kforthe5ks@sikhcoalition.org.

  • Sikh Coalition Now Accepting Fall 2012 Internship Applications

    Are you a college student or recent college graduate who is looking for a dynamic internship experience in promoting civil and human rights? If so, be sure to apply for upcoming internships at the Sikh Coalition!

    The Coalition is looking for passionate individuals dedicated to protecting and advocating the civil and human rights of all individuals. We are offering part- time internships in New York City. Through participating in the Sikh Coalition’s groundbreaking work, interns gain valuable hands-on work experience while creating noticeable change in their communities.

    The deadline to apply is September 1, 2012. Please email your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to internships@sikhcoalition.org.

    For further details, click here.

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