June 10, 2016 (Sacramento, CA) - The Sikh Coalition is excited to share that a California anti-bullying bill, which we co-sponsored, unanimously passed out of the California State Assembly on May 27, 2016. The bill, AB 2845
, ensures that school employees will be provided the necessary resources for students who face school bullying and discrimination.
In 2014, the Sikh Coalition released a groundbreaking national bullying report
that highlighted the crisis Sikh students faced in schools and then immediately went to work in states like California to address the problem head on.
“AB 2845 is a positive policy response to our findings as we work to provide a safe learning environment for our students,” said California Community Development Manager, Harjit Kaur. “The Sikh Coalition encourages students to practice their faith fearlessly while maintaining their Sikh identities, and we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure educators, parents and students have the resources they need to address bullying and discrimination.”
The bill, which also requires that anti-bullying resources be posted online, will now move to the Senate this summer where the Senate Education Committee will review it.
In 2015, the Sikh Coalition partnered with the Fresno County Office of Education to launch the first-ever Sikh awareness and bullying-prevention video in the country
. Late last year, the Sikh Coalition became the only community organization in the country to lead out on the new White House anti-bullying campaign
"The safety of your children is our priority, and we will not stop working on this issue until all of our children are better protected," said Kaur.