For 15 years, I have worked for the Sikh Coalition. In the early days, I was a lawyer who volunteered my nights and weekends to the cause. In 2007, I officially left private practice to fight for Sikh civil rights full-time.
Throughout these years, we have managed nearly 2,000 legal intakes related to profiling, hate crimes, religious rights, bullying and discrimination. Each case, big and small, has had a profound impact on me. In some cases, I have witnessed the deepest grief and sorrow imaginable, but I have also had the privilege to experience firsthand the resolve, courage and strength that embodies the Sikh American experience.
Today, as I sit down for Thanksgiving with my two young children, I remain thankful for your resilience in the face of these challenges, and I remain hopeful that our future looks bright because of the groundbreaking work that we continue to do at the Sikh Coalition.
Last week, we shared with you the victory of four Sikh truck drivers, who stood up to religious discrimination in a case that lasted seven long years. The settlement, which secured permanent policy changes at one of the largest trucking companies in the country, reminded corporations across America that our resolve for justice and equality remains relentless.
That’s why I work at the Sikh Coalition, and that’s why your investment in our work is so crucial. While some of our cases become public, there are hundreds that you never hear about. In many instances, it’s in the best interests of the client and the case if the legal work remains confidential. In other cases, the work for justice takes years before we can share it.
Our goal has always been to put the Sikh Coalition’s legal work out of business, but the reality is that our community needs more legal resources than ever before. In this current climate, we need to add attorneys to our team so that we have the necessary resources to defend your rights.
I’m grateful for your support over the last 15 years. I hope that I can continue to count on your support today so that we can fight for your rights tomorrow.
In Chardi Kala,
The Sikh Coalition
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