This weekend, many of us will spend time sitting around the dinner table with our loved ones. We will reflect on what makes us thankful.
While the last few months - in the wake of the Oak Creek tragedy - have been very challenging for us as a Panth, we have come together with determination to seize this opportunity to shape a positive image of Sikhs in America. It has been a difficult time, but we believe that the spirit of Chardi Kala and strong determination of our community will guide us in building a brighter future.
As we reflect on this year, we are deeply thankful for the progress that was made this year in transforming the national landscape to build a brighter future for all:
After the tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in which six Sikhs were killed by a hateful bigot two months ago, the Sikh Coalition admirably responded by working to protect everyone’s rights. Rather than focus on Sikhs, we led a coalition of over 150 organizations from the Black, Jewish, Muslim, Latino, interfaith and other communities that successfully persuaded the United States Senate to hold a ground breaking hearing on hate violence against all.
In California, we made history when California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1964 into law - a law initiated and championed by the Sikh Coalition. The new law prohibits segregation of Sikhs and workers who wear religious articles of faith. All workers in California now enjoy the strongest protections against religious discrimination in the entire United States.
To national fanfare, the Sikh Coalition released its FlyRights mobile phone application in May. The innovative phone application allows anyone to quickly file an official report of airport profiling with the TSA in real time. The Associated Press, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, CNN.com, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, ABC News, NBC, and Fox, covered the launch of the event raising unprecedented levels of awareness about Sikhs and the leadership role that Sikhs are playing in protecting civil rights for all Americans.
This year, as we reflect on Thanksgiving, we are thankful for all the support that we have received from you so that we can continue this work. We are thankful that your support has resulted in progress for our community and others.
What are you thankful for this year? If you are thankful for this work, then we respectfully request that you support it with your Dasvandh!
The Sikh Coalition Team
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!