Hundreds Join Rally in Support of Hate Crime Charge
On September 15, 2015, Chicago interfaith leaders, public officials and over one hundred local community members joined the Sikh Coalition for a press conference in Darien, IL in support of recent hate crime victim, Inderjit Singh Mukker. The sangat’s partnership and support was invaluable in seeking justice for Mr. Mukker.
The Sikh Coalition and One Nation Fund are raising donations to help Mr. Mukker and his family. Mr. Mukker continues to require medical treatment and has not yet been able to return to work because of his injuries. Please support Mr. Mukker
and his family during this difficult time and donate today
for photos from the press conference and rally.
to read more.
Chicago Hate Crime Media Coverage
As the Sikh Coalition worked around the clock on Mr. Mukker's case, we also used media engagement as a tool to call attention to the case and galvanize the community to put pressure on the State's Attorney's office to file a hate crime charge. Over the course of a week, the Sikh Coalition and this case was mentioned in over 600 news pieces including Associated Press
, Chicago Tribune
and Washington Post
Remembering the Anniversary of 9/11
On Friday, September 11, 2015, we remembered all those who lost their loved ones in the horrific events of September 11, 2001. We also honor and remember those who were affected by the violent backlash that followed the attacks, including Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was the first casualty of a hate crime after 9/11.
Today, fourteen years later, we must continue to do the important work of combating hate and building resilient communities in the face of senseless violence. Take action today by asking your congressional representative to sponsor H-Res. 413
, a resolution that will honor victims of post-9/11 hate crimes, including Sikh Americans.
Educate Teachers and Classmates About Sikhism
As recent events have demonstrated, there is a need for more Sikh awareness across the United States. As our children head back into classrooms across the country, the Sikh Coalition aims to bring awareness to the educational resources
at your disposal; these resources can educate teachers and non-Sikh classmates about Sikhism over the course of the upcoming school year.
Click here for resources and more information
Swearing In Ceremony at Yuba County, CA Sheriff's Department
On September 2, 2015, Amandeep Singh was sworn in as a full-time reserve deputy at the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. Amandeep Singh’s testimony was pivotal in enacting AB1964, or California’s Workplace Religious Freedom Act. Prior to this law, Amandeep was unable to join a police agency due to his Sikh articles of faith.
"I am grateful to Sheriff Durfor and the Yuba County Sheriff's Office for giving me the opportunity to proudly serve and protect my fellow Americans as an Amritdhari Sikh. I’m also grateful for the Sikh Coalition's work to successfully pass AB 1964, California's workplace religious rights law, which opened this door for me. I am honored to wear my deputy uniform with my Sikh uniform. It is a dream come true!"
for photos from the graduation.
The Junior Sikh Coalition Kicks Off Another Year!
The Sikh Coalition is proud to announce the start of the fourth consecutive year of the Junior Sikh Coalition
program! We are thrilled to welcome seven new young leaders who will join 17 continuing members.
to read more about the accomplishments of the Junior Sikh Coalition.
"Remove Military Uniform Barrier for Sikhs"
On August 26, 2015, the Sikh Coalition successfully placed an Op-Ed in the San Antonio Express-News
regarding the military campaign. The piece, written by retired Air Force Brigadier General, Jeffrey Kendall, was the first piece to ever run by a non-Sikh military official. In his Op-Ed, Brigadier General Kendall states, “Turbans and beards generate no more perceptions of non-uniformity than those along any ethnic, gender, weight or height differences.” The Op-Ed was placed in San Antonio to target the enormous military community that resides in the area.
to read the Op-Ed.
"Obama Says He Supports Ahmed Mohamed, But His Policies Don't"
On September 18, 2015, the Sikh Coalition's Director of Law and Policy Arjun Singh published a column for The Washington Post
entitled "Obama Says He Supports Ahmed Mohamed, But His Policies Don't
." In the column, Arjun discusses the disturbing story of a young Muslim adolescent who was suspended from school after he brought a homemade clock to the classroom. Arjun argues that Ahmed's case wasn't an aberration, and points to counterterrorism policies that fuel Islamophobia, incudling countering violent extremism programs and profiling of Muslim Americans by federal and legal authorities. Arjun laments that we live in a "nation where an enterprising boy needs a tweet from the president to fight off discrimination in his own home town."
Click here to read the article
Op-Eds Reach Over One Million Americans In Texas
In response to a hate crime and separate bigoted comments made by a public official in the state of Texas, the Sikh Coalition’s Senior Religion Fellow Simran Jeet Singh successfully published three opinion pieces in the Dallas Morning News
, the Austin American-Statesman
and the San Antonio Express-News
. The three outlets combine to reach well over one million Americans in Texas.
Sikh Coalition Receives Chandler Reward at RNA Conference
On August 27-30, 2015, the Sikh Coalition attended the Religion Newswriters Association conference in Philadelphia as part of our long term work to develop relationships with the leading religion reporters in the nation. At the conference, the Sikh Coalition's Senior Religion Fellow Simran Jeet Singh became the first Sikh to win the Chandler Award. The award was given for Simran Jeet's consistent and fearless opinion commentary on faith, culture and the civil rights issues of our time.
Local Ambassador Leads Interfaith Program in New Jersey
On August 27, 2015, Sikh Coalition Local Ambassador in New Jersey, Gurjote Singh Sethi, led an interfaith program hosting young adult volunteers from the Presbyterian Mission Group. This program consisted of a Sikh awareness presentation followed by a Q&A. Gurjote also had an opportunity to learn about the Presbyterian section of the Christian faith. The mutual exchange was followed by ardaas and langar and helped to strengthen the relationship between our faith communities.
The Ambassadors program is an initiative by the Sikh Coalition that aims to work directly with sangats across the country to provide more timely and pertinent services to the community. For more information about this initiative, contact Damanpreet Singh at email@example.com
Fresno Bee Publishes Article on Sikh Wedding Traditions
On September 3, 2015, the Fresno Bee published an article on Sikh wedding traditions
. The Sikh Coalition’s former Western Region Director, Simran Kaur, invited the Fresno Bee to her wedding celebrations as a way to spread more awareness about the Sikh American community. It was a beautiful wedding and a fitting send off for a colleague that has brought so much awareness to the Sikh community over the past four years.
to read the article.
Sign Up for the Bay Area 5K for the 5Ks!
We are excited to announce that Seti X (aka Mandeep Sethi), Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti and Folk Lok will be performing their latest collaboration - Punjabi Folk meets Hip-Hop - at our 5th Annual 5K for the 5Ks
! Please join us
on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at Baylands Park, Sunnyvale, CA for a fun-filled day of live music, food and activities for all!
Join Us at the 6th Annual NYC Bowl-a-thon
The Sikh Coalition’s 6th Annual NYC Bowl-a-thon
will be held on October 25, 2015, at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. Join us as we bowl a strike for Sikh Rights! Lanes are filling up quickly so start your own team or join a team that is recruitng members
Now Accepting Fall 2015 Internship Applications
“As an intern at the Sikh Coalition, I learned useful skills and was able to actively apply them in the work that I did. After this internship, I feel confident that I will be more comfortable working in both social justice and other fields
.” -- Pawanpreet Singh, Development Intern
Apply to be a fall intern at the Sikh Coalition! Our internship program
allows students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies to gain hands-on experience in the fight for civil and human rights of all individuals. Throughout the years, interns have worked to further the mission and vision of the Sikh Coalition by helping to achieve legal victories, as well as educating and empowering the community and contributing to the growth of the organization.
to learn more about how to be intern with our media, development, or community development teams!
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