October 15, 2015 (Washington, DC) – The Sikh Coalition launched a national anti-bullying campaign today, in a leadership role with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
See the new website, which includes Punjabi translated resources, here.
The campaign, “#Act To Change,” seeks to broaden awareness about bullying of Asian American and Pacific Islander students, which is statistically higher than national averages. The campaign also seeks to ensure that students affected by bullying are respected and protected, and feel empowered to stand up and speak out.
The initiative consolidates quality resources for parents, educators, and students to identify and respond to bullying. These resources, including infographics, fact sheets on bullying, and social media engagement, are housed on a new website.
The Sikh Coalition also launched a new anti-bullying awareness video today. The short five-minute film was developed for community members to share on social media to raise awareness to the challenges that Sikh children face when confronting this problem. Share with #ActToChange today!
Sikh children are acutely vulnerable to abuse in our nation’s schools. The Sikh Coalition’s 2014 national bullying report found that 67% of turbaned Sikh children have been bullied.
“The bullying of Sikh children is an epidemic,” said the Sikh Coalition’s Law and Policy Director, Arjun Singh. “Misinformation and misunderstanding regarding the Sikh faith, coupled with a dramatic increase in bigoted dialogue towards religious minorities, has resulted in intolerance and bullying in our schools.”
Harjot Kaur, the Sikh Coalition’s New York City Community Development Manager, works full time with Sikh youth leaders to engage educators and non-Sikh classmates on Sikh awareness trainings and bullying prevention workshops. This frontline work represents another way that the Sikh Coalition is tackling the problem head on.
“In order to address this challenge, we must start by giving Sikh children the tools to stand up and speak out when they or someone else is bullied,” said Ms. Kaur. "This partnership with the White House gives our community a broader platform to combat bullying across the country. We are grateful to have partnered with the White House on this important initiative and we will continue to put the necessary resources forward to increase our effectiveness in responding to this challenge.”
Throughout the day, we will be posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ActToChange. Stand up. Speak out. We encourage you to join us today!
If your child encounters a problem at school related to school bullying, please do not hesitate to contact our Legal team, firstname.lastname@example.org, for support. As always, the Sikh Coalition urges Sikhs everywhere to practice their faith fearlessly.