Sikhs In California Making a Difference!
A few weeks ago, we shared with you that the state legislature in California declared November 2012 as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month. Coming on the heels of the tragedy in Wisconsin, this is an important opportunity for California Sikhs to educate their neighbors about Sikhi.
Hundreds of California Sikhs, taking inspiration from a list of projects provided by the Sikh Coalition, have organized events, led presentations and engaged with the media to celebrate this month. Click here to read more about actions taken by the community for Sikh Awareness Month.
Diversity Video Competition Winners Announced
Earlier this month, the Sikh Coalition proudly announced this year’s Diversity Video Competition winners. We congratulate Satdeep Singh for taking first place with his film, “Taaj” and winning the grand prize of $1500. Abril Murillo won second place (a $750 prize) with her film, “Coexist”. The Sikh Coalition also wants to recognize James Magazzino for his film “A Day with a Crown”, and has decided to award him a third place prize of $375.
Click here to watch the clips and read more about the winners.
Sikh Coalition Raises Awareness about Hate Crimes in Media
The Sikh Coalition continues to create public awareness about hate crimes in the media. On September 22, 2012, the Sikh Coalition appeared on State of Belief Radio to discuss its role in shaping the U.S. Senate’s historic hearing on hate crimes and the threat of domestic extremism in the United States.
On September 28, 2012, the Sikh Coalition appeared on the Thom Hartmann Show on RT television (part 1 | part 2) to discuss the threats posed by anti-Muslim bigotry to the civil rights of all Americans.
Film Screening and Discussion on Sikh Identity
On November 15th, in celebration of Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in California, The Sikh Coalition partnered with 3rd i Films to present "Sikh I Am: Voices on Identity" showcasing three short films about the Sikh identity. Advocacy Manager, Simran Kaur, moderated the Q&A with filmmakers.
To read more, click here.
Sikh Spotlight: Naveen Kaur stars on Amy Poeler's Show "Smart Girls"
Naveen Kaur, a young Sikh woman from Texas and sevadar with the Sikh Coalition, was a guest on Amy Poeler's online show "Smart Girls" and used the opportunity to educate others about Sikhi.
We are inspired and encouraged by the initatives that Sikhs are leading all around the country to educate others. What can you do to ensure Sikhs are appreciated and respected in your city? Click here for a list of ideas.
To watch the clip, click here.
For Sikh Awareness resources click here.
MTA Case Mentioned in the New York State Bar Journal
The Sikh Coalition's seminal case against the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on behalf of Sikh employees, which resolved in a favorable settlement and changes in MTA policy earlier this year, was recently discussed in context with religious accommodation law in the U.S. in the latest edition of the New York State Bar Journal. This mention reinforces the important contributions made by the Sikh community toward religious rights and freedom for all.
Click here to read more about the victory.
Advocacy Manager Participates in Women of the World Seminar
In October, West Sacramento Gurdwara hosted the first program of the 2012-2013 year for the Women of the World interest group of the American Association of University Women. The program included a panel of Sikh women discussing their experiences and accomplishments as daughters, wives, mothers, students, professionals, activists, and spiritual beings. Advocacy Manager, Simran Kaur, participated on the panel alongside six Sikh women and discussed the role of Sikh women in activism. A special thank you to Harjit Kaur Grewal, the organizer of the event and a graduate of the Sikh Advocates Academy.
Director of Programs Participates in Panel at St. John’s Law School
On Tuesday, October 23rd, the Sikh Coalition's Director of Programs, Amardeep Singh, participated in the Law and Careers panel at St. John’s Law School. This dialogue discussed how religious and law issues figure into particular work practices and experiences.
The Law and Careers Panel aims to explore growing fields which combine both law and religion and assess predictions for future, related careers. The Sikh Coalition was honored to take part in this remarkable opportunity.
Sikh Coalition Partners with Bay Area Community Groups on Election Questionnaire
In order to increase voter engagement for the past 2012 elections, the Sikh Coalition and several Bay Area organizational partners jointly published a voter information guide and candidate questionnaire for Bay Area Congressional races. This collaborative effort marked the first time that Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American community organizations in the Bay Area have joined together to promote civic engagement in our diverse communities.
Click here to read more.
Click here to view the questionnaire publication.
Hurricane Sandy Relief and Resources
With the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Sikh Coalition continues to wish everyone a safe recovery. Please see below a list of resources and contact information for any additional support:
Will We Rise to the Challenge?
2012 marked more than a decade of impact by the Sikh Coalition and it has proved to be an important year for the community. This month, we have launched our end of year fundraising drive. We need YOU to help us power up our Sikh rights engine and rise to the challenge! Our goal is to raise $750,000 before the end of 2012. If you believe having a no-nonsense Sikh rights institution is important and necessary, please support
our end of year campaign today!
Please give generously today: www.sikhdonate.org.
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We need YOU to help us power up our Sikh rights engine and rise to the challenge! Our goal is to raise $750,000 before the end of 2012. If you believe having a no-nonsense Sikh rights institution is important and necessary, please support our end of year campaign today!