New Executive Director, Same Commitment To Civil Rights
We are excited to announce Satjeet Kaur
as the Sikh Coalition’s new Executive Director. Through this new role, Satjeet will lead the day-to-day management of the Sikh Coalition’s staff and drive the strategic direction of the organization.
“This organization has been built through the outstanding work of so many people over the last 17 years,” said Satjeet. “I’m humbled by the opportunity to use this momentum to further civil rights in this country and empower the Sikh community.”
Since joining the staff in 2010, Satjeet has contributed to every programmatic area of the organization’s work. In her early years, she managed operations, supported education projects, developed Sikh awareness resources and launched the Sikh Coalition’s social media platforms. Recently, as the Senior Director of Development and Finance, she refined organizational branding, incorporated game-changing technology, and installed new processes that resulted in the Sikh Coalition receiving recognition as one of the top nonprofits for transparency and governance. Click here
to learn more.
We are deeply grateful to Narinder Singh, who has served as the Interim Executive Director and will return to the board of directors as Executive Chairman.
Building Greater Capacity in Our Education Work
The Sikh Coalition is building capacity to deliver high-impact education results on behalf of the community. We are excited to announce Pritpal Kaur
as the organization’s new Education Director who will expand our education work. Her responsibilities will include creating new educational resources and advancing the Sikh Coalition's multi-year advocacy in the area of state standards curricula to ensure that Sikhism is included and taught accurately in public school classrooms across the United States. Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition, Pritpal served as Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Kaur Foundation.
to learn more about Pritpal’s work.
Updates in the #JusticeForGurjeet Hate Crime Case
On January 28, 2018, a passenger put a gun to the head of a Sikh Uber driver
after demanding to know “which country do you belong to?” and telling him “I hate turban people.” After three weeks of advocacy, the Rock Island County State’s Attorney announced on February 16, 2018, that his office has a conflict of interest
in the case of Gurjeet Singh and must refer it to the Illinois State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor’s Office in Springfield, IL.
The Sikh Coalition will continue to work with the appropriate authorities as we support Mr. Singh. A decision on charges is forthcoming, and the Sikh Coalition continues to actively pursue #JusticeForGurjeet. Click here
to learn more.
Ensaaf Joins Our Facebook Live Conversation on Jagtar Singh Johal
On March 2, 2018, the Sikh Coalition hosted Ensaaf for a Facebook Live conversation
about the case of Jagtar (“Jaggi”) Singh Johal, a British Sikh man who was arrested in Punjab, India and has been detained without charges since November 4, 2017. Ensaaf
, which works to achieve justice for human rights violations in India, has been calling for an independent investigation and an end to Johal’s arbitrary detention.
Sikh Coalition Community Development Director Rucha Kaur joined Ensaaf Co-Founder and Co-Director Sukhman Dhami for the discussion that also touched on other Sikh human rights issues. To watch the full Facebook Live discussion, please click here
Sikh Project Exhibition Continues in Maryland
In February, the Sikh Coalition launched the Sikh Project photography exhibition at the Sandy Spring Museum
in Maryland, and it will be on display through March 24, 2018. The exhibition features 38 portraits of turbaned men and women that embody the diversity of the Sikh community and recognize the challenges and triumphs of what it means to be Sikh in the United States. While the exhibition has traveled from coast to coast, the Maryland event is the first time all of the full-size portraits have been displayed since the initial launch in 2016
Maryland Public Television
(MPT) aired a special segment featuring Sikh Project participant Harpreet Kaur to highlight the exhibition’s launch in Maryland. If you are in the Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia area, please visit the exhibition, and tell your family and friends in the area to do the same. Also please view and share our Facebook event page
LA Kings will Celebrate Sikh Awareness Night on April 2, 2018
Join us on April 2, 2018, for the first-ever Sikh Awareness Night with the LA Kings
at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA! On the heels of our annual LA Clippers Sikh awareness event
, we remain excited about this opportunity because we know that hockey audiences are a new demographic and it’s a chance for all of us to break more ground with the National Hockey League (NHL).
We have secured a whole section of seats at $35 a ticket
for the game against the Colorado Avalanche. If you are interested in purchasing more than eight tickets or want to explore higher price ranges, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
. In addition to special discount prices for tickets, you will also receive an invitation to enter the stadium early for a pregame photograph on the ice. To purchase tickets for the event, please click here
. To easily share the event with friends and family on Facebook, click here
Help Guide Our Work in 2018
The Sikh Coalition requests your participation in a quick survey
to guide our work in 2018 and beyond.
At the beginning of each year, the Sikh Coalition develops an operational plan, which is the blueprint for our work on civil rights, education and community empowerment. As a grassroots organization, we want our programs to incorporate the priorities of our supporters, and that is why we encourage you to participate in our survey
. Your suggestions are extremely valuable and will help us continue delivering positive results in service of our community.
UC San Diego Students Participate in Sikh Coalition Know Your Rights Workshop
On February 21, 2018, Southern California Community Development Manager Inderpreet Kaur led a workshop
with the University of California, San Diego’s Sikh Student Association to train Sikh students on how they can combat school bullying and educate the community about their rights. The workshop
covered how to administer presentations with information about Sikhs, school bullying and gurdwara security.
Moving forward, the Sikh Coalition will be conducting additional know your rights
presentations with the goal of broadening students’ perspectives and educating them on issues Sikhs are facing today.
We have a wealth of free educational and know your rights
resources as well as illuminating reports and publications. To access them, please visit our updated searchable resource page
on our website.
Our powerhouse team is expanding! Click here
to see all of our current open positions.
In addition to several summer internship positions, the Sikh Coalition is looking to hire a full-time Legal Intake Manger
. The Legal Intake Manager will support the Sikh Coalition’s legal team, which provides direct legal assistance and advocates on behalf of Sikhs who have been discriminated against or subject to bias based upon their religious beliefs or Sikh identity. These include cases of hate crimes, employment discrimination, bias-based school bullying, religion-based discrimination, profiling, and other forms of discrimination. To learn more about the position and how you can apply, please click here
Senior Religion Fellow Named as Faith Leader to Watch in 2018
Last month, Sikh Coalition Senior Religion Fellow Simran Jeet Singh was featured as one of the Center for American Progress’ “10 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2018
.” The independent policy organization highlighted Simran Jeet's commitment to increasing interfaith dialogue by representing Sikhs on public platforms and commemorating their impact on important American institutions.
In addition, Simran Jeet was recognized by Harvard Divinity School as one of its 2018 Gomez Honorees
who “engage and shape the public conversation with intellectual rigor and moral courage.”
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