Thank You - Together We Raised $806,996!
Thank you for making 2014 such a success! You helped us achieve many great victories
. With the support of our donors, we have raised $806,996 towards our required one million dollar goal. Every dollar donated made an enormous difference. Pooling our resources and supporting this important work further ensures that Sikhs can and will practice their faith fearlessly.
We would like to thank
all Sikh Coalition supporters for your tireless commitment to this work and your generous dasvandh.
Sikhism Now Required in Schools Across New York State
In another landmark education decision, the New York State Education Department
has moved to include Sikhism in the Social Studies Framework for public school students. This Framework serves as the guide for local curriculum development. On the heels of the Texas textbook adoption
, this marks the second monumental education victory for the Sikh community in the past few months.
The Sikh Coalition continues to lead the way in education reform, building lasting partnerships with six of the largest national textbook publishers in America.
Click here to read more
Sikhism Featured in CBS Special
On December 14, 2014, Sikhi was introduced to Americans around the country on national television. CBS Religion & Culture produced an introductory episode
highlighting the Sikh tradition that was filmed in our New York Office and featured our Senior Religion Fellow, Simran Jeet Singh. Simran Jeet shared important aspects of the Sikh religion, such as its beliefs, practices, and contributions. He also shared some important elements of our work at the Sikh Coalition, including our recent campaigns to combat workplace discrimination and school bullying.
to watch the video.
Washington Post Publishes Sikh Coalition Letter to the Editor on France
On January 14, 2015, the Washington Post published a letter to the editor
by the Sikh Coalition on discrimination against Sikhs and other religious minorities in France. The letter expressed support for free expression in the wake of this month’s terror attacks in Paris but pointed out that freedom of expression is still being denied to Sikhs and other religious minorities who wish to wear their articles of faith in French public schools.
to read the letter.
Sikh Coalition Essay Published on StopBullying.gov
On December 9, 2014, the federal government’s official anti-bullying website, StopBullying.gov
, published an essay by the Sikh Coalition entitled, How Faith Leaders Can Support Bullying Prevention Efforts in the Community
. The essay highlighted the anti-bullying work of the Sikh Coalition and its partner organizations and emphasized the importance of working with stakeholders from diverse communities to achieve the common goal of keeping all children safe from bullying in their schools.
The Sikh Coalition is grateful to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as the U.S. Department of Education and the administrators of StopBullying.gov, for giving us an opportunity to share our perspective.
Sikh Coalition Client Interviewed by Atlanta Journal-Constitution on School Bullying
Japjee Singh, a Sikh Coalition client and tenth grader from Georgia, interviewed with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution
regarding his experiences being bullied and harassed on account of his Sikh identity in the DeKalb County School District. Japjee is the subject of the first Department of Justice school bullying settlement on behalf of a Sikh student. This settlement agreement will implement landmark changes regarding how bullying is investigated and handled in the entire school district.
Click here to read the interview
for the first Department of Justice Settlement.
for the second Department of Justice Settlement.
LA Clippers Host First Ever "Sikh Night"
On January 3, 2015, the Sikh Coalition collaborated with the LA Clippers to host "Sikh Night" - an evening dedicated to raising greater awareness about the Sikh American community. With over 300 Sikh community members in attendance, the evening included information on Sikhs, performances by two Bhangra teams, and featured a halftime Public Service Announcement on Sikhs developed by SALDEF. This event was part of a series of heritage nights organized by the LA Clippers and it was the first time the night was dedicated to the Sikh community.
Sikh Coalition Presents at San Quentin State Prison
For the second year, the Sikh Coalition was asked to present to a group of inmates at San Quentin State Prison in Northern California. Organized by the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, which has a weekly class inside San Quentin State Prison called SQ ROOTS (Restoring Our Original True Selves), the Sikh Coalition was asked to make a presentation about the Sikh faith, identity and community. The class is modeled after Asian American Studies courses, covering topics such as history, culture, personal experiences as well as health and reentry issues.
to read more.
IIGS Scholarship Opportunity – Deadline Jan. 31, 2015
The International Institute of Gurmat Studies (IIGS) is pleased to announce three $1,000 scholarships for eligible Sikh youth (high school seniors or college-bound students in the United States and Canada). For details and to apply, please click here
Introducing New Legal Fellow - Katie Mallon
We are excited to welcome Katie Mallon as a Legal Fellow based in our New York City office. As a Legal Fellow, Katie will be assisting the legal team with their efforts to combat employment discrimination, hate crimes, and other forms of discrimination faced by the Sikh community.
Katie is an attorney licensed in the State of New York. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Policy & International Studies from Northwestern University and her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While in law school, Katie focused on government work and social justice issues, completing internships at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Office of Senator Dick Durbin.
Ready to Fight for Sikh Rights?
"During my internship with the Sikh Coalition, I was able to gain lasting life skills while working in an inspiring and encouraging environment. Learning from the Sikh Coalition staff and being given the opportunity to help further their mission was an experience I would recommend to all."
— Harleen Kaur, Summer 2014 Communications Intern
Come and gain essential experience on how to protect and advocate for civil and human rights for all individuals! Apply today for spring 2015 and summer internships! For more information, click here.
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