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The Sikh Coalition News
February 18, 2015
  • Know Your Rights: Hate Crimes & Hate Speech

    February 18, 2015 (New York, NY) – Over the past two weeks, there has been a spike of hate crimes against American Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. From the possible hate crime murders in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to the vandalism of a Hindu temple in Bothell, Washington, we ask the Sikh community to come together and stand with diverse communities in combating hate and bigotry in America.

    We also urge the Sikh community to remain vigilant about hate crimes and discrimination, to look out for each other, and to report potential hate crimes immediately. We have prepared a FAQ guide to walk you through what constitutes a hate crime, hate speech, and how to report incidents to the authorities and to the Sikh Coalition.

    Click here to read our Hate Crime FAQ Guide on:

    1. What is a hate crime?
    2. What is hate speech?
    3. I think I was the victim of a hate crime. What do I do?
    4. I was subjected to hate speech. Should I report?
    5. What is the federal hate crime law?
    6. What is the Sikh Coalition’s role in handling hate crimes?

    Click here to read the full FAQ.
    Print the PDF and share with your local sangat.

    The Sikh Coalition’s Legal Program has provided free legal aid to Sikhs who have been subjected to hate crimes for the past 13 years. We are leading legal experts in this area and we remain your insurance policy in the event that an incident of hate occurs. We are committed to fighting for your individual rights, while working to ensure that local and federal agencies are aware of the facts, policies, and procedures when an act like this occurs against the Sikh community.

    Click here to report an incident.

    As always, we urge all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly.

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