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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
April 8, 2017
  • We Fight Hate Through Policy Work

    In response to a string of hate crimes in recent weeks – including the shooting last month of a Sikh man in Kent, Washington – Senator Maria Cantwell (WA) asked her colleagues to sign a letter calling on the White House to create a task force to prevent hate violence. In collaboration with the Sikh Coalition, 13 Senators are demanding that the Trump administration take concrete action to address hate in this country.

    Thank you to the community members who called and emailed their Senators, urging them to sign Senator Cantwell's letter. It's not too late to ask your U.S. Senators to support this critical initiative. Click here to find out how to email or call your Senator. For more information, read our op-ed in CNN outlining the benefits of the federal task force.
  • Sikh Advocate Academy Application Deadline Extended; Apply Today! 

    We have extended the application deadline for our sixth Sikh Advocate Academy, our signature grassroots advocacy training program. The new deadline is April 14, 2017. Click to apply today!

    This intensive, week-long workshop (May 21 – May 26, 2017) in Washington, DC will train approximately ten outstanding individuals on the same advocacy techniques used by the Sikh Coalition to build grassroots movements and achieve justice.
  • Join us for our 2nd SoCal Bowl-a-thon! 

    Sikh Coalition is excited to host the 2nd annual SoCal Bowl-a-thon at Luckystrike Orange on May 21, 2017 in Orange, California. This fundraiser brings together the community - from toddlers to grandparents - in support of our Sikh civil rights work. There are limited spots available, so please sign up before it's too late!
  • Sikh Coalition Website Wins Religion Communicators Council Award 

    The Sikh Coalition's team was honored to receive the award of excellence from the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for our new website -- www.sikhcoalition.org - launched in late 2016. The award, recognized at the RCC annual conference on March 30, 2017, was specifically given for making the Sikh American story more accessible through our work in digital communications.
  • We Fight Hate With Solidarity & Love 

    Muslim and Jewish communities have been targeted by violence and threats of violence. To help address this problem, the Sikh Coalition has partnered with Auburn Seminary to launch an interfaith letter-writing campaign to show our solidarity with both communities. As the Sikh community addresses violent backlash, this initiative emphasizes to our American Muslim and Jewish neighbors that we are strongest as a nation when we stand together. Click here to show your solidarity with a message of support! #LoveMyNeighbor

    If you experience an incidence of bigotry, even if it's not legally actionable, please report it with our web tool -- www.ReportHate.org.
  • Join Our Powerhouse Team!

    We are hiring for several career and internship positions. Click here to see all of our current openings.

    Senior Staff Attorney: You will provide direct legal assistance and advocate on behalf of Sikhs who have been discriminated against or subject to bias based upon their religious beliefs or identity.

    Legal Fellow: You are a recent law school graduate who is ready to commit to a three to six month fellowship to work with our legal team, conduct legal research and interface with our clients.

    College and graduate students, please check out our summer internship opportunities in three program areas: Development & Special Projects; Community Development; and Media & Communications. Our internship application deadline is April 15, 2017 so apply today.
  • Sikh Coalition Opposes Trump Admin's 2nd Immigration Executive Order

    The Trump administration released a second immigration-related executive order on March 6, 2017 that, while narrower, continues to unfairly target people because of their nationality and religion. The Sikh Coalition rejects this order as unconstitutional and will continue to stand in solidarity with communities subject to discriminatory policies. In partnership with an interfaith coalition and represented by the law firm of Covington & Burling, we have signed onto several "amici curiae" (friend of the court) briefs supporting legal challenges to the executive order, such as the one brought by the State of Hawaii. We support an immigration system that treats people with fairness and dignity, not one based on stereotypes masquerading as law.

    Click to read a U.S. News and World Report article about the legal battle against the revised immigration order.
  • Mai Bhago Retreat Brings Together Sikh Leaders 

    "The guidance, seva, and leadership of Sikh women is critical and necessary." - Kaur Life

    The Sikh Coalition was honored to co-host the first ever Mai Bhago Retreat. Executive Director Sapreet Kaur joined a group of 20 amazing Sikh women to support one another, share and collaborate for a better future for our entire community.

    Thank you to additional lead organizers: Lisa Anderson of Auburn Seminary, Nirinjan Khalsa of Loyola Marymount University, and Valarie Kaur of the Revolutionary Love Project. Click here to learn more about the retreat.
  • Help Pass Vaisakhi Resolutions Nationwide

    As the global Sikh community prepares to mark Vaisakhi this month, we invite Sikh Americans to help us pass Vaisakhi resolutions in city councils and state legislatures nationwide. Click here to learn more.

    Starting in 2013, the Sikh Coalition worked with Members of Congress to introduce a Vaisakhi resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, numerous cities and states have also passed similar resolutions and proclamations to educate our fellow Americans about Sikh history and values. Relatedly, community leaders and officials succeeded in establishing Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in the state of Delaware.
  • Academic Panels and Presentations

    On March 28, 2017, Sikh Coalition Operations Manager Damanpreet Singh represented the Sikh community in an interreligious dialogue and dinner held at St. John's University in New York City. The interfaith conversation among Christian, Muslim, and Jewish panelists sought to open a space for St. John's students to discuss different strategies for interfaith coalition and community-building.

    On March 30, 2017, Sikh Coalition's Senior Religion Fellow Simran Jeet Singh delivered the Annual Sigal Lecture in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The program focused on the racialization of Muslim identities and anti-Sikh violence. Simran Jeet also conducted a workshop with about 100 students from Grand Valley State University on the intersections of race and religion in Islamophobia.
  • Participation in Sikh American Job Fair 

    On March 25, 2017, Sikh Coalition Executive Director Sapreet Kaur hosted a table at the Sikh American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) "Job Fair & Mentor Connect" event in Jersey City, New Jersey. This annual event aims to connect bright talent with top employers. We commend the Sikh American Chamber of Commerce for their continued efforts to mentor and assist young people as well as coordinate a growing and thriving Sikh business community in the tri-state area.

    The SACC Job Fair was attended by 450+ job seekers and dozens of employers.
  • Accommodation for Sikh Boxer

    We always fight back in the face of discrimination.

    We recently sought and received an accommodation for Vikash Deol to box while maintaining his beard. He fought on March 17, 2017 with the hope of continuing an amateur career with USA Boxing, his pathway to becoming a Sikh American Olympic fighter. Stay tuned for updates.
  • Sikh Coalition Trains the EEOC

    On March 7, 2017, Sikh Coalition Legal Director Harsimran Kaur conducted a training about Sikhs and workplace discrimination for the attorneys and investigators of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chicago District Office. Staff from the EEOC's Milwaukee and Minneapolis Area Offices also participated virtually. The presentation covered Sikhism, Sikh articles of faith, EEO challenges and intersectionality discrimination, and included a number of case examples. The EEOC's attorneys received Continuing Legal Education credits for the presentation.
  • Know & Act: Protect Your Children at School

    Over the years, the Sikh Coalition has developed many resources to protect our children from bullying. We encourage you to share these resources with school officials and parents to ensure that all of our nation's children enjoy a safe and healthy learning environment.

    Click here to access more information in English and Punjabi.
  • Participation in 'Know Your Rights' Hola Mahalla Event

    On March 19, 2017, the Sikh Coalition participated in the Hola Mahalla celebration at the Sikh Gurdwara Sahib San Jose. We collaborated with representatives from the Sikh Family Center, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the South Asian Bar Association, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office and the American Civil Liberties Union to provide information about hate crimes, bullying and immigration rights. The organizations staffed booths during the festival to take questions and distribute resources, and also provided a 'know your rights' seminar at the gurdwara. Thanks to the Joy of Sewa group for organizing the 'know your rights' event and to the Sikh Gurdwara Sahib San Jose for hosting the activities.

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