Dear Supporter Ji,
I wrote to you a couple days back with a humble request for phone calls to your Congressional representatives, urging them to sign a letter in support of equal opportunity for all Sikhs who wish to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces with their articles of faith intact.
Thanks to your calls, 11 members of Congress have been added to the letter in just over a day!
Lofgren (CA); Eshoo (CA); DeLauro (CT); Schiff (CA); Gutierrez (IL); Pascrell (NJ); Owens (NY); McCarthy (NY); Rangell (NY); Tim Ryan (OH); Pierluisi (PR)
If your representative is not listed above, please consider calling their office today and asking whether they will sign the “Dear Colleague” letter on Sikhs in the U.S. military. You can find your representative’s name and contact information by clicking here.
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. Armed Forces. 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. Armed Forces.”
Just as the African American community had to struggle for the right to serve in the U.S. military, the Sikh American community must do the same. It is a monumental effort, and we can only win this battle with your support. Thank you for partnering with us.
Director of Law and Policy
The Sikh Coalition
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