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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
January 19, 2013
  • Thank You - You Made 2012 a Success!!

    We wanted to take a moment to say thank you and share some exciting news about the 2012 year-end fundraising campaign. With your generous support we raised $667,354!

    This is a victory for the entire Panth. Pooling our resources and supporting this important work further ensures that Sikhs can and will practice their faith fearlessly. Together, we did it!

    Click here to read more.

    See our Year in Review newsletter.
    (The PDF version of the newsletter is available here).


  • America's Largest Police Force Trained by Coalition (Again)

    The Sikh Coalition was invited back to the New York City Police Academy on December 19 and 20, 2012 to train its newest graduating class of police officers. Over 1200 New York Police Department (NYPD) recruits were given information about Sikh beliefs including the significance of the turban and the Sikh articles of faith. Special attention was given on how to respectfully interact with a Sikh who wears a turban or kirpan and how to effectively engage with Sikhs in New York City. The presentations lasted ninety minutes each and included a question and answer session as well as a turban tying demonstration.

    Click here to read more. 


  • Sikh Coalition Featured in CBS Documentary

    The civil rights work of the Sikh Coalition is featured in Working for Religious Freedom, a new CBS documentary airing nationwide that examines threats to religious freedom in the United States. The Sikh Coalition is featured 19 minutes into this half-hour documentary and discusses new challenges for religious groups in the United States, especially discrimination and hate crimes.

    We encourage supporters to watch the entire program.


  • Fred Korematsu Day "Heroes" Celebration

    The Sikh Coalition will be a co-sponsor for the upcoming Fred Korematsu Day "Heroes" Celebration taking place on Sunday January 27th at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. The event, hosted by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, will honor 16 American civil rights heroes who have long been overlooked. Among them is Bhagat Singh Thind - a Sikh American who fought for equal citizenship in the U.S. Supreme Court. This will be a historic gathering of civil rights heroes and the descendants of heroes who have passed on. The event will feature emcee and actor Danny Glover. Please click here for more information.


  • The Junior Sikh Coalition Leads Writing Workshop

    Last month, the Sikh Coalition’s youth leadership team, the Junior Sikh Coalition, visited Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill, Queens to lead middle school and high school youth in a writing workshop called Nirbhao-Nirvair (Fearless/Without hate).

    The workshop was developed and lead by Junior Sikh Coalition youth members in order to create a safe environment for Sikh youth to discuss their experiences with bullying and hate violence. The workshops were designed to raise consciousness and give Sikh youth exposure to writing as a tool for introspection and dialogue.

    Workshop attendees learned how to express their experiences and emotions through writing, and the dialogue placed a large emphasis on finding strength and love within oneself and one’s community to fight against bullying and harassment. The Junior Sikh Coalition members offered anti-bullying resources to Sikh youth so that they understood that they are not struggling alone in this fight to end bullying in schools.

    If you would like to host the Junior Sikh Coalition at your local Gurdwara, please contact youth@sikhcoalition.org.


  • Meet the Sikh Coalition Advocates

    The Sikh Coalition would like to introduce you to the Sikh Coalition Advocates, a group of grassroots volunteers dedicated to promoting the civil rights mission of the Sikh Coalition. In 2011, the advocates organized grassroots surveys to help address school bullying. Last year, in the aftermath of the Oak Creek tragedy, the Sikh Coalition Advocates were featured in over 25 media articles nationwide, creating Sikh awareness and appreciation among thousands of Americans.

    Click here to see pictures from the 2012 Sikh Advocate Academy.

    Read more about their work.


  • Apply to be a Sikh Coalition Fellow!

    Are you interested in becoming a Sikh Coalition Fellow? The Sikh Coalition is seeking dynamic fellows to work in various program areas of the Coalition.

    Ideal applicants include but are not limited to: recent college graduates, students pursing graduate studies or young professionals.

    Fellowships are paid - 20 hours/week for 9 continuous months. For general information please email fellowship@sikhcoalition.org or call Balbir Singh at 212-655-3095 x 80.

    Find out how you can apply today!


  • Ready to Fight for Sikh Rights?

    “The Sikh Coalition strives to create a society in which Sikhs can freely practice their faith without fear or persecution. Having experienced firsthand the difficulties a practicing Sikh faces in America, I knew that working with the Sikh Coalition was something I wanted, and needed, to do.” -Shalvinder Kaur Seehra, Summer 2012 Social Justice Advocacy Intern

    Come and gain essential experience on how to protect and advocate for civil and human rights for all individuals! Apply today for spring 2013 and summer internships! For more information, click here.

    See our internship flyer!

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