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The Sikh Coalition News
November 21, 2016
  • Know Your Rights Before You Travel

    November 21, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) – In the wake of intensifying hate speech and hate violence nationwide, the Sikh Coalition urges every Sikh to exercise extra vigilance and caution during the Thanksgiving holiday.

    If you are threatened with violence or experience violence, please notify law enforcement immediately and contact the Sikh Coalition at 212-655-3095 or legal@sikhcoalition.org. The Sikh Coalition provides completely free legal assistance to Sikhs who believe they have experienced backlash and discrimination. We are here to protect your rights. Similarly, if you are a victim of hate speech, please report it through our new tracking website, Report Hate (www.ReportHate.org).

    As we move into Thanksgiving and the busiest travel time of the year, it’s also important that Sikh travelers understand their rights. We urge you to review our Sikh Air Traveler’s Guide and Bill of Rights, which contains detailed information on airport screening procedures and your rights as a traveler.

    If you believe the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has committed an act of discrimination, please file a complaint directly from your smartphone by downloading and using our FlyRights phone application (www.fly-rights.org). These complaints along with our TSA advocacy ensures that your rights are protected.

    To date, hundreds of travelers have downloaded FlyRights, and have filed over 700 complaints against the TSA.  Your reports of discrimination through FlyRights are a critical means of holding the TSA accountable.

    Additionally, the Sikh Coalition continues to provide educational brochures that quickly introduce non-Sikhs to the Sikh faith and community. This resource is available in 13 different languages. To get copies, please email education@sikhcoalition.org.

    To support the Sikh Coalition’s work, which protects your rights and holds government agencies accountable, please click here.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.

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