July 18, 2013 (Washington, DC) – Adding major momentum to the campaign to end the U.S. military’s presumptive ban on devout Sikh soldiers, Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) are circulating a bipartisan letter to their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in support of equal opportunity for all Sikhs in the U.S. Armed Forces. The bipartisan letter has been endorsed by Congressman David Valadao (R-CA) and Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), co-chairs of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus.
Click here to ask your members of Congress to sign the letter.
These developments follow Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi’s testimony last May before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and this month's article in the New York Times on the issue of Sikhs in the U.S. military.
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If you want all Sikh Americans to have an equal opportunity to serve in our nation’s military, click here to sign a letter to your member of Congress.
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Do you want to learn more about this issue?
If you wish to learn more about Sikhs in the U.S. Armed Forces and educate your friends, neighbors, and elected representatives about this important issue, we recommend the following links:
Blog post on The Hill's Congress Blog, July 17, 2013
Interview on WNYC Radio, July 11, 2013
Article in the New York Times, July 7, 2013
Testimony at U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, May 31, 2013
Sikh Coalition Statement for the Public Record, May 31, 2013
Essay in the Daily Beast, May 10, 2013
Essay in the Washington Post, Dec. 6, 2011
Biographies of Sikhs in the U.S. Military