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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
September 14, 2013
  • Sikh Coalition and AALDEF Release Third Report in Five Years on School Bullying

    Last week, the Sikh Coalition and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) released their third report in five years documenting bullying of Sikh and Asian American students in New York City public schools. The new report, “One Step Forward, Half a Step Back,” reveals that the city’s 2008 bias-based harassment measure, Chancellor’s Regulation A-832, has not yet substantially diminished harassment faced by Sikh and Asian students in city public schools.

    Click here to read more.
  • Media Coverage of the the Bullying Report

    TV Coverage: New York One, WPIX, News 12 New Jersey
    Print Coverage: Washington Post, New York Daily News, Metro New York, Huffington Post, Religion News Services, Newsday.
  • Petition to President Obama

    Have you signed our petition to President Obama? More than 7300 Sikh Coalition supporters have asked President Obama to support equal opportunity for all Sikhs who wish to join the U.S. Armed Forces. We respectfully ask you to do the same. Under current military policy, Sikhs who wish to serve in the U.S. military are not allowed to wear turbans and maintain uncut hair and beards. Between 2009 and 2010, for the first time in a generation, the U.S. Army granted individualized waivers to three Sikhs to maintain their articles of faith, but these waivers are neither permanent nor guaranteed. If you believe that all Sikh Americans deserve an equal opportunity to serve the nation they love, please sign our petition to President Obama.
  • Junior Sikh Coalition Kicks Off Another Year

    This August, the Junior Sikh Coalition (JSC), the Sikh Coalition’s youth leadership program, welcomed 15 new members to its team and kicked off the year with a week-long Social Justice Boot Camp. The boot camp included popular education training that focused on the intersectionalities of faith and activism and involved lively discussions on immigration, history, race, and discrimination.

    At the end of the boot camp, the Sikh Coalition held a reception for over 65 family and friends to welcome the new members to the team as well as to honor the successes of the eight JSC members who completed their year with the program. From the launch of the Nirbhau-Nirvair campaign, to their visit to Washington, DC, these members made it possible for the first year of the program to be such a big success! Their vision, leadership, and commitment to social justice allowed for the exponential growth of the JSC program.

    Click here to view pictures from the reception.

    After the completion of the Social Justice Boot Camp, the JSC headed to Camp Chardi Kala (CCK) and spent a week learning the values of Sikhi and understanding how to apply these values to their daily lives. In addition, the JSC held two workshops for the campers; an anti-bullying workshop to educate youth on their rights in school, and a Nirbhau Nirvair Art Book Workshop to inspire Sikh youth to express themselves using creativity and the arts.

    Click here to view pictures of the workshop.
  • Sikh Coalition Speaks Out Against Unlawful and Bias-Based Profiling by NYPD

    On August 19, 2013, Sikh Coalition Staff Attorney Gurjot Kaur spoke at a press conference in front of City Hall in New York City in support of the Community Safety Act. The Community Safety Act provides greater oversight of the New York City Police Department, bans bias-based profiling, including the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” practices which were recently found unconstitutional by a federal court, and provides stronger legal remedies to victims. Although the Community Safety Act was passed by the New York City Council in June 2013, it was vetoed by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    “All New Yorkers, regardless of their race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, immigration, disability, or housing status, have the right to live their lives with dignity and without fear of being unjustly targeted by the NYPD,” said Gurjot Kaur, Staff Attorney for the Sikh Coalition.

    The Sikh Coalition is pleased to report that the City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto on August 22, 2013, allowing this important legislation to become law. Despite this historic vote, the law continues to face obstacles, including a recent legal challenge by Mayor Bloomberg. For more information, click here.
  • Junior Sikh Coalition Supports Surat Initiative Turban Day in New York City

    The Junior Sikh Coalition and local NYC sevadaars teamed up with The Surat Initiative last weekend and held a Turban Day in the middle of New York City. Over 700 turbans were tied on New Yorkers by dozens of Sikhs, helping to create awareness of the Sikh identity. Turban Day was such an astounding success that three other universities and cities have already signed up to replicate the event!

    "The Junior Sikh Coalition [was] absolutely wonderful to work with on Sunday - each of them took on the responsibility of engaging New Yorkers, talking to people about Sikhi, and encouraging them to tie turbans. It was really wonderful to work with them, and we look forward to more opportunities like this in the future," said Gunisha Kaur of The Surat Initiative.

    Click here to read the Huffington Post coverage on Turban Day.
  • Apply Today! Community Development Manager Position Open

    The Sikh Coalition is looking for an individual with a passion for social justice and youth leadership development to become our next Community Development Manager. The ideal candidate will: strongly relate to members of the Sikh community, have an outgoing personality, be achievement oriented, gain the trust of community elders and adults, and be able to effectively engage various city and state government officials, all with the aim of ultimately empowering the Sikh community to be advocates for their rights.

    Click here to view a full job description.

    If you are interested, please send your cover letter and resume to jobs@sikhcoalition.org .
  • Apply to be a Fall Legal Intern Today!

    “The most rewarding aspect of my internship, perhaps even more so than the acquisition of professional skills, was witnessing the visible impact that the Sikh Coalition’s work has on the community.” -Anna Jay, Summer 2013 Legal Fellow

    Read more about Anna’s internship experiences and apply to be a legal intern today! Gain essential legal experience on how to protect and advocate for civil and human rights for all individuals.
  • Click here for more information.
  • Learn More About the Sikh Coalition Internship Program

    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. The program focuses on giving all interns the opportunity to be involved in projects that they can learn from and enjoy. Throughout the years, interns have worked to further the mission and vision of the Sikh Coalition by helping to achieve legal victories, as well as educating and empowering the community and contributing to the growth of the organization.

    I watched ideas flow from excel sheets, to Facebook, eventually to news stations such as KQED and National Public Radio (NPR),” said Jasdeep Kang, Social Justice Advocacy Intern, California office. Read more here.

    The environment at the Sikh Coalition office was always one of collaboration, and humor and coffee runs punctuated the important civil rights work the Sikh Coalition does. This made for an unparalleled internship experience,” said Damanpreet Pelia, Education Intern, New York City Office. Read more here.
  • Sign Up for the 3rd Annual 5K for the 5Ks in California

    Registration for the third annual 5K for the 5Ks is now open! Please join us on Saturday, October 5th at Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, CA and take a stride for Sikh rights! Following the walk/run, there will be music, food, a photo booth, a kids' corner and activities for all ages. And in case you haven't heard already, YouTube comedian and Internet sensation Jus Reign will be joining us this year! So register yourself, family and friends today to make sure you have the opportunity to meet Jus Reign, get an autograph, have your picture taken with him and share some laughs.

    Don't miss out on your opportunity to experience this exciting and one of a kind event.
  • Join Us at the 4th Annual NYC Bowl-a-thon!

    The Sikh Coalition is proud to announce that registration for its 4th annual New York City Bowl-a-thon is now open! Join us on November 3rd at 300 Bowl (23rd St. & the Hudson River, New York, NY 10011) as we bowl a strike for Sikh Rights!

    Spaces will go quickly so start a team or join an open team today!

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