April 23, 2015 (New York, NY) – The Junior Sikh Coalition (JSC) catalyzed 13 other New York-based organizations to send a letter today urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to convene a youth summit. The suggested summit aims to address hate crimes, bullying, and the consistent criminalization of minority communities by the NYPD.
The full letter can be read here.
Since 2012, the JSC has played a leading role in combating bullying. The youth program has developed and successfully presented anti-bullying workshops to over 1,000 children in the Tri-state area as a part of its “Know Your Rights on Bullying” campaign. The workshop teaches Sikh youth how to recognize, address, and prevent bullying. This summer, the JSC will continue to grow the campaign, with the goal of reaching hundreds of more children.
In addition to this groundbreaking bullying prevention work, the JSC continues to partner with other leading New York City organizations to end bias-based discrimination and hate crimes. This work is also joined by our shared concerns for how law enforcement treats minority communities throughout New York City. The letter cites the case of Eric Gardner’s tragic death as one of the more recent grave examples of a problem that must be addressed more effectively. The proposed summit would open up a dialogue to address all of these concerns.
“It is important that Mayor de Blasio hears the concerns from the next generation of New Yorkers, who do not want to inherit the problems that this city has faced in recent years,” said the Sikh Coalition’s NYC Community Development Manager, Harjot Kaur. “The JSC is proud to partner with other diverse organizations to take action against the injustices we all face.”
The letter is the first in a series of 2015 action items led by the JSC to engage Mayor de Blasio and other NYC agencies in a meaningful dialogue on these issues of bullying, biased-based discrimination, and law enforcement abuse.
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