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The Sikh Coalition Alert
March 22, 2018
  • [Take Action] Ask Officials To Recognize Vaisakhi

    March 22, 2018 (Washington, DC) – As the global Sikh community prepares to mark Vaisakhi on April 14th, we invite Sikh Americans to help us pass Vaisakhi resolutions in councils in your city and state legislatures nationwide.

    Since 2013, the Sikh Coalition has worked with Members of Congress to introduce a Vaisakhi resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives. Numerous cities and states have also passed similar resolutions and proclamations to educate our fellow Americans about Sikh history and values.

    “Commemorating Vaisakhi helps fight against anti-Sikh bigotry by acknowledging and celebrating the lasting contributions of our community,” said National Advocacy Manager, Sim J. Singh. “This is an easy and effective way to create positive awareness.”

    So far, the United States Congress, the states of California, Indiana and New Jersey, and the city of Kent, WA have successfully introduced 2018 Vaisakhi resolutions. Will you help do the same in your community?

    TAKE ACTION

    1. Contact your local and state representatives.
    2. Share the proclaimation language below with your local and state representatives.
    3. Politely ask them to pass a Vaisakhi resolution before Vaisakhi on April 14, 2018.
    4. Attend the resolution vote or proclamation hearing with your family, friends, and local Sikh community members.
    5. Share this resolution across social media to further raise awareness.
    6. Let us know the result so that we can celebrate your success!

    If you need help identifying and contacting your elected officials, such as your local mayor, city council member or state legislator, please send an email to advocacy@sikhcoalition.org.

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

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    Resolution honoring the Sikh American community's celebration of Vaisakhi

    Whereas Sikhism is a religion founded in the Punjab region of South Asia over five centuries ago and introduced to the United States in the 19th century;

    Whereas Sikhism is the fifth largest world religion with approximately 25 million adherents from diverse backgrounds throughout the world, including 500,000 adherents in the United States;

    Whereas Sikhs in the United States pursue diverse professions and walks of life, making rich contributions to the economic vibrancy of the United States as farmers, engineers, doctors, scientists, business owners, and more;

    Whereas Sikh Americans continue to make strides toward securing religious liberty as patriotic members of the United States Armed Forces;

    Whereas Vaisakhi is one of the most religiously significant days in Sikh history, commemorating the creation of the Khalsa, a fellowship of devout Sikhs, by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699;

    Whereas the Sikh religion is based on a belief in one God and the equality of all human beings;

    Whereas the celebration of Vaisakhi includes performing Seva (selfless service), such as providing free meals to all visitors to Sikh gurdwaras (houses of worship): Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That we wish the Sikh American community a joyous Vaisakhi.

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