Earlier this month, we reported that leaders of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus and American Sikh Congressional Caucus are circulating an important new letter in the U.S. Congress. Responding to the Sikh Coalition’s National Bullying Report, the letter asks the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice to strengthen efforts to stop bullying against all children—including Sikh American children—in our nation’s public schools.
Why is the Congressional anti-bullying letter important?
According to Sikh Coalition research, a majority of Sikh American students experience school bullying. Although severe bullying is a civil rights violation, very few Sikh American families actually report it to authorities. To bridge this gap, the Congressional anti-bullying letter calls on the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice to proactively communicate with the Sikh American community about ways in which federal agencies can partner with us to protect our children from bullying.
How can I build support for the Congressional anti-bullying letter?
Thanks to your calls and emails so far, approximately 15 Members of Congress have signed the anti-bullying letter, but we can do much better. If you are busy, please click here and send an electronic letter to your Member of Congress. If you have a few minutes to spare, please sign the electronic letter and call your Member of Congress. All the contact information you need can be found by clicking here.
What should I do if my child is bullied at school or on a school bus?
All children deserve a safe and healthy learning environment. If your child experiences bullying at school or on a school bus because of his or her Sikh identity, please email the Sikh Coalition at email@example.com. Together, we can end bullying in our nation’s public schools and improve the lives of our children.
Director of Law and Policy
The Sikh Coalition
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