Current Situation in Punjab
The recent events in Punjab, India are deeply concerning. Protests on the streets of Punjab should never lead to injury or death. The right to organize and the right to free speech are basic liberties that we cherish here in the United States and should be guaranteed to Sikhs around the world. Government and police accountability are a must for these actions.
The Sikh Coalition's thoughts and prayers are with the entire Kaum, especially those who have lost loves ones or have been injured. May the panth remain in Chardi Kala. We will continue to monitor the situation.
To learn more about the recent events and their historical context, please read a blog post
by Sikh Coalition Senior Religion Fellow Simran Jeet Singh and please listen to this interview
with Harinder Singh, CEO of the Sikh Research Institute.
One Month Later, Mr. Mukker Still Recovering From Hate Crime
One month after he was viciously attacked in a hate crime, Mr. Inderjit S. Mukker is still recovering from the physical and emotional trauma of the assault. Mr. Mukker, an Uber driver, remains unable to return to work. “My wounds continue to heal, but mentally I’m still trying to recover from what happened,” said Mr. Mukker. “Thank you for your ongoing support, it means so much to me and my family.”
Through the One Nation Fund, the Sikh Coalition helped launch a donation page
for Mr. Mukker and his family. As Mr. Mukker continues to heal, any small donation
you can make will go a long way to eliminating this burden from his recovery and assisting with mounting medical fees. Every dollar you donate
will go directly to Mr. Mukker and his family. The Sikh Coalition has also compiled over 1,000 messages of love and support and delivered them to the family.
Pope Francis' 9/11 Memorial Service Features Sikh Faith and Contributions
On September 25, 2015, Sikh community leaders from across the United States joined the Sikh Coalition’s Sapreet Kaur and Simran Jeet Singh in celebrating the recognition of the Sikh faith during Pope Francis’ 9/11 Memorial interfaith service.
University at Buffalo professor, Dr. Satpal Singh, shared a Sikh prayer with Pope Francis, while his daughter, Dr. Gunisha Kaur, delivered the English translation for the hundreds in attendance and for the millions watching around the world. Dr. Singh and Dr. Kaur were two of just eleven interfaith community members who were invited to be on stage for the service.
for photos from the event.
to read more.
White House Joins Sikh Coalition To Combat Bullying
On October 15, 2015, the Sikh Coalition launched a national anti-bullying campaign
, in partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The campaign, “#Act To Change
,” seeks to broaden awareness about bullying of Asian American and Pacific Islander students and seeks to ensure those affected by bullying are respected and protected, and feel empowered to stand up and speak out. The initiative also brings together resources, including infographics, fact sheets on bullying, and social media engagement, for parents, educators, and students.
The Sikh Coalition also launched a new anti-bullying awareness video
. 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!
Oprah Winfrey Launches New Series Entitled "Belief"
For the past several weeks, the Sikh Coalition has joined national faith and civil society leaders in an exciting dialogue with Oprah Winfrey and her team about a new seven-part docu-series called "Belief," a groundbreaking television event exploring humankind's ongoing search to connect with something greater than themselves. "Belief," which will premiere on October 18th on the OWN network, searches the origins of different faiths and the heart of what really matters.
Sapreet Kaur, the Sikh Coalition's Executive Director, attended an intimate gathering of faith leaders at Oprah's home in Montecito, CA, for a screening and discussion over a shared meal. Several Sikh Coalition staff members and sevadars across the country have also attended screenings and discussions in anticipation of the series premiere and are hosting viewing parties during the premiere week. As part of the Sikh community's ongoing engagement in interfaith dialogue, we encourage you to tune into the premiere episode of "Belief" on October 18th on OWN. Become a part of this conversation and share the Sikh perspective by telling Oprah what belief means to you
Over 9,000 Signatures Submitted to the California Department of Education
On October 8-9, 2015, the Sikh Coalition, in partnership with Dr. Onkar Singh Bindra and the California Sikh community, presented over 5,900 new petition signatures to the California Department of Education, bringing the total petition signatures to well over 9,000! These new petitions join the thousands of previous community members that have already raised their voices to ensure Sikhs are accurately included in the California history and social sciences framework. With your support, we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the Sikh voice is heard on this issue.
[Update] More Companies Remove Racist Halloween Costume
The Sikh Coalition successfully persuaded Fun World, Jet.com, Sears and Spirit Halloween to stop selling costumes resembling Osama bin Laden. Apart from promoting stereotypes about turbans and beards that lead to violence against Sikhs and other minorities, these costumes insult those who lost loved ones during the 9/11 attacks. In response to seeing the costumes online and receiving numerous concerned messages from community members, the Sikh Coalition swiftly contacted the businesses who sell the costumes. In some cases, sellers agreed within 24 hours to remove the costumes from sale and display. The Sikh Coalition is in touch with other major retailers, including Amazon, who still offer these types of costumes for sale.
NPR Interview with Sikh Coalition Volunteer Advocate
On October 6, 2015, Sikh Coalition Voluterr Advocate Shawn Tucker was interviewed by NPR's StoryCorps
. In the interview, Shawn and his best friend Mike Bartenfeld discussed how their friendship started in August 2001 and how both Shawn and Mike saw a paradigm shift in the aftermath of 9/11. “Our friendship has nothing to do with our religion but at the same time it has so much to do with our religions as it makes us who we are,” said Mr. Bartenfeld.
to listen for the interview.
Second Annual "Sikh Awareness" LA Clippers Game
The Sikh Coalition is excited to partner with the Los Angeles Clippers for the second annual “Sikh Awareness” NBA basketball game
on November 14, 2015. The game will take place at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will begin at 12:30pm PST. Tickets include a Clippers commemorative Sikh t-shirt, access to pre-game warm-ups and Sikh halftime performances.
For more information about how to buy tickets, please visit www.nba.com/clippers/sikh
. Tickets are going quickly so buy yours today!
Sikh Coalition Attends Interfaith Panel at Fresno Pacific University
On September 16, 2015, the Fresno Pacific University hosted a "College Hour" interfaith panel. Jasjit Singh, Sikh Coalition's Community Development Fellow, attended as a panelist along with Sikh Coalition Volunteer Advocate, Bachittar Singh. Panelists discussed how different communities can come together to improve inter-faith communication and provide greater awareness of the diversity in our community. Jasjit and Bachittar spoke about their connection to Sikhi and discussed the prevalence of bullying in Fresno against Sikh students. The panel was attended by over 200 students.
New Off-Broadway Show Focuses on Bullying and Racism
Over the next month, Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj is performing in a new off-Broadway show in New York City. The show focuses strongly on bullying, racism and immigration. On October 17, 2015, the Junior Sikh Coalition will be attending a special talkback session following the performance. If you would like to attend the show, please visit hwww.homecomingkingshow.com
and use promo code "HMSIKH" for a special discount.
Sixth Annual NYC Bowl-a-thon Only a Week Away!
If you regret not registering for a team, that’s okay. You can still join us
for a great time!. We are asking for a donation of at least $20
from cheerleaders to help us reach our fundraising goal of $80,000. Also, this year, you can play laser tag! Click here
to secure a spot to play. We are asking for a donation of at least $30
. Hope to see you on October 25, 2015 at Bowlmor Chelsea Pier!
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