March 13, 2015 (Fremont, CA) - The Sikh Coalition, along with Islamic Networks Group and the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, met with Congressman Mike Honda in January to address immediate next steps that could be taken to end racial and religious bullying in Bay Area schools. As an organizational leader in addressing and preventing bullying across the nation, Congressman Honda wanted to partner with the Sikh Coalition to address this issue within his own district.
On March 7, 2015, Congressman Honda presented a bullying prevention guide at the Santa Clara County School Board meeting. The guide was designed to inform district superintendents of the bullying prevention resources available through the Sikh Coalition and other organizations. During the meeting, he encouraged educators to host bullying prevention seminars and staff trainings to appropriately address bullying concerns. Congressman Honda pointed to the Sikh Coalition’s groundbreaking anti-bullying work and education trainings as a model that requires replicating in his own district.
The Sikh Coalition will continue to work with legislators and educators to ensure safe schools for all children, so that students may practice their religion fearlessly without compromising their right to an education. According to the Sikh Coalition’s 2014 report, “Go Home Terrorist,” a majority of Sikh children endure bullying while in school. The Sikh Coalition’s 2010 Bay Area Civil Rights Report revealed that 74% of turbaned boys suffer bias-based harassment and 76% of Sikh youth believe it would be helpful if someone spoke about Sikhism in their schools.
We urge all parents and students to learn more about bullying, request bullying prevention seminars and reach out for help when needed. If you know someone who is being bullied, please contact the Sikh Coalition for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-655-3095. For bullying prevention resources, please visit our resource page.