On June 10, 2017, an organization designated as a hate group held anti-Muslim protests in over 25 cities nationwide. Given the inflammatory tone of these protests – and in light of recent hateful attacks in Kansas, Washington, and Oregon – the Sikh Coalition urged Sikhs to be vigilant in the cities where the protests took place and launched an op-ed initiative, working with Sikh Coalition Advocate Academy graduates in media markets across the country to combat bigotry and promote unity.
Advocate Soraya Deen argues that as we fight violent extremism, we should not stereotype Muslims
Advocate Sharndeep Kaur Shoker in a Seattle Times op-ed calls for unity in the face of bigotry
Advocate Anjleen Kaur Gumer extended a gurdwara open house invitation
to promote awareness and education.
Academy graduate and new Sikh Coalition Community Development Fellow Aasees Kaur cautions in the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the rally will set a bad example for children
In late May, Advocate Harleen Kaur highlighted the heroism of the people who stood up to a violent anti-Muslim attack
, two of whom lost their lives. Earlier in June, Jaydeep Bhatia urged for a proactive approach to combating hate crimes
in the Modesto Bee. In addition, Sikh Coalition Advocate Balmeet Singh shared his story of combating bigotry in the current political and social climate
, which was featured in the Los Angeles Times.
Sikh Actors for Primetime Network Show
As part of an effort aimed at encouraging more representation of diverse actors on network television, the Sikh Coalition joined the organizations Harness
and Revolutionary Love
for meetings with television showrunners and entertainment writers. In response, multiple primetime network shows have shown sincere interest in pursuing Sikh actors and characters on their upcoming seasons.
The Sikh Coalition put a call out for actor submissions
in late June, and the community’s response was incredible. The deadline for submissions has now passed; thank you for your submissions, and we will keep you updated on this exciting initiative and future opportunities.