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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
April 14, 2013
  • Sikh Coalition Executive Director Celebrates Women's History Month at the White House

    On March 18, 2013, the Sikh Coalition's Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur, was invited to join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for a reception at the White House to celebrate Women's History Month. This intimate reception included women leaders from diverse fields including business, athletics, government, the arts and non-profits. The Sikh Coalition was proud to join the President and First Lady in recognizing and celebrating the vast contributions of women in our society.

    At the reception, Sapreet Kaur had the opportunity to speak with the President and First Lady. She thanked him for his and the administration's support of the Sikh American community. Sapreet was also very honored to introduce them to her mother and role model, Gurcharan Kaur.  Click here to view the photos.

  • Junior Sikh Coalition Featured in the Wall Street Journal

    The Junior Sikh Coalition was featured in a Wall Street Journal article highlighting their incredible efforts to empower the Sikh community. Champions in bringing awareness among Sikhs to prevent bullying, the Junior Sikh Coalition has conducted anti-bullying workshops, conducted extensive bullying surveys, and created healthy spaces for teens to discuss their own experiences with bullying.

    Click here to read their amazing story in the Wall Street Journal.
    Photo Courtesy of Jo Piazza for The Wall Street Journal

  • American Legislators Celebrate Vaisakhi

  • As Sikh Americans nationwide celebrate Vaisakhi this month, government officials around the United States have issued proclamations and resolutions in recognition of this joyous occasion, commemorating the creation of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. The Sikh Coalition's Volunteer Advocates were instrumental in securing the following proclamations and resolutions:

  • Sikh Coalition Creates New Educational Materials in Time for Vaisakhi

    To celebrate the Sikh spirit, this Vaisakhi, the Sikh Coalition has developed brand new resources to help you explain the Sikh faith to your neighbors. We encourage you to use these materials in your child’s school, public library, or elsewhere in your community. As always, these resources are available free of charge, and can be downloaded from our website.

    Click here to view the "Who Are the Sikhs" poster. To request free poster-size prints, please email education@sikhcoalition.org with your name, address, and place where you intend to display the poster.

  • Sikh Families Invited to Participate in the Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

    On April 1, 2013, Sikh Americans joined Americans from across the country to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The Easter Egg Roll is the largest annual public event held at the White House and is a tradition dating back over a century, to 1878. This year marks the fourth year Sikh children were specifically invited to join in the festivities.

    Click here to see the photos.
    Click here to read more.

  • 109 Members of Congress Call for Sikh Hate Crime Tracking

    Last month, 109 members of the U.S. House of Representatives issued a new letter calling on the FBI to begin tracking hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, and Arab-Americans, the way it does for other communities. The FBI is scheduled to make a decision about this issue in June.  Click here to read more.

  • Sikh Coalition has Misleading Images Removed from Major Media Websites

    On March 25, 2013, The Sikh Coalition staff recognized a harmful image of Sikhs linked to a news report about Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan and immediately, acted to get the photo removed. The photo, showing two Sikhs, was placed next to the story, which covered Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to Afghanistan. To its credit, the Washington Post deleted the photo within minutes.

    The Sikh Coalition works tirelessly to have misrepresentations of Sikhs removed from major media outlets. Earlier this year, the Sikh Coalition also had a photo of Sikhs removed from an MSN article about beheadings in Saudi Arabia.

  • Sikh Coalition Speaks at University of Oklahoma

    On March 26, 2013, Rajdeep Singh, the Sikh Coalition’s Director of Law and Policy, spoke to students, faculty, and local residents at the University of Oklahoma’s Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage. The lecture focused on the history of Sikhs in the United States, the common commitments to equality in both Sikh and American ideology, and recent efforts by the Sikh American community to promote and defend religious liberty for all Americans. The event received local media coverage in the Norman Transcript and Oklahoma Daily newspapers. The Sikh Coalition is grateful to Prof. Allen Hertzke and the Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage for the opportunity to build bridges with the University of Oklahoma.

  • Sikh Presenter's Course Graduate Savraj Singh Featured in Journalist's Video on Sikh Awareness

    Savraj Singh, a graduate of the Sikh Presenter's Course, was featured in journalist Colleen McKown's latest video, Turbans Do Not Equal Terrorism: Sikhs Promoting Awareness in a post 9/11 America. The video documents Savraj Singh's efforts to educate students in New York and New Jersey about Sikhs and the challenges we face in the post-9/11 environment.

  • Parliament of the World’s Religions Hosts Sikh Coalition Webinar

    On March 18, 2013, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions hosted a Sikh Coalition webinar entitled, “How Interfaith Coalitions Can Strategically Combat Hate.” Founded in 1988, the Council recently launched Faiths Against Hate, a campaign aimed at combating bigotry through interfaith dialogue and engagement. Drawing on the experiences of the Sikh American community, the webinar focused on government, media, and community engagement strategies that activists can pursue to help reduce bigotry and violence in our society.  Click here to listen to the webinar.

  • Junior Sikh Coalition Participates in 5K Race

    On April 7, 2013, the Junior Sikh Coalition joined the Surat Fauj Running Club in a 5K race entitled the "Columbia University 5K Race for Charity." The 5K race, which took place at New York City’s Riverside Park was inspired by Fauja Singh and raised more than $7,000 for charity.  Click here to see the pictures.

  • Sikh Coalition Co-Founder Gives Sikh Presentations

    In March, Prabhjot Singh, co-founder and current Board treasurer, and Mallika Kaur, attorney and Sikh Coalition volunteer, traveled to Greenville, South Carolina to present talks titled “From 9/11 to Oak Creek: Understanding Sikhs in America.” Kaur and Singh spoke at Greenville Technical College, Barton Campus; University of South Carolina, Spartanburg, and the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

    The Sikh Coalition would like to thank Professor Chirenjiv Peterson and her husband Professor Ken Peterson for organizing these presentations and inviting the Sikh Coalition. If you are interested in organizing similar presentations, please email us at education@sikhcoalition.org.

  • Sikh Coalition Participates at the NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform's Press Conference

    On  April 5, 2013, the Sikh Coalition participated in the NYS Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform's press conference to urge Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Notably, Balbir Singh, Operations Manager at the Sikh Coalition, gave one of the opening prayers for the event. Two New York City members of Congress, Reps. Yvette Clarke and Joe Crowley, spoke at the press conference.

  • Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

    Interested in interning for the Sikh Coalition? The Sikh Coalition internship program allows students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies to gain hands-on experience in promoting the civil and human rights of all individuals. 

    Additionally, the Sikh Coalition is launching a new fellowship program. Fellows will work out of one of the Sikh Coalition offices in either New York City or Fremont, CA. Fellows will gain invaluable hands-on experience in a multitude of areas.

    For more information about the internship program, click here.
    For more information about the fellowship program, click here.

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