August 22, 2013 (Washington, DC) – The Sikh Coalition’s campaign for equal opportunity in the U.S. military is gaining momentum. Over 6,700 Sikh Coalition supporters like you have signed a petition to President Obama, and almost 200 members of the U.S. Congress have received electronic letters from their constituents.
Next Step – Call Your Member of Congress
Although electronic letters to Congress are helpful, phone calls are more effective. If you believe that devout Sikhs should enjoy equal opportunity in the U.S military, follow these steps:
Step 1 – Enter your zip code on our electronic letter page.
Step 2 – Identify your member of Congress.
Step 3 – Call the number listed or look it up here.
When you speak with your Congressional office, identify yourself as a constituent and tell the staffer that you want your member of Congress to sign a “Dear Colleague” letter on equal opportunity for Sikhs in the U.S. military. Here is a sample script:
“Hello, my name is ____________. As your constituent, I request that my member of Congress sign a Dear Colleague letter in support of equal opportunity for Sikhs who wish to practice their religion in the U.S. military. Currently, Sikhs who wear turbans and maintain unshorn hair and beards are not allowed to enter basic training to demonstrate their ability to serve. They face outright rejection or must repeatedly apply for temporary waivers that take months to be approved and can be revoked at any time. Sikhs serve in the armed forces of Canada, India, and the United Kingdom, and I believe they should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military.”
For additional background on this issue, you can review our electronic letter before you make the call. If you require assistance, or if you wish to let us know how your conversation went, please feel free to contact Mr. Rajdeep Singh at the Sikh Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org.