Sikh American Story Airs on CNN in May
On March 30, 2018, the Sikh Coalition announced
that CNN’s Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
will feature the first-ever hour-long cable episode exclusively focusing on the Sikh American community. The episode is scheduled to air on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 10 pm ET/PT and 9 pm CT.
Thanks to work by Harpreet Singh and support by Revolutionary Love founder Valarie Kaur, the Sikh Coalition media and communications team spent six months supporting United Shades of America
producers with background resource material, fact-checking and B-roll footage. Now, the Sikh Coalition is working to amplify the CNN episode in an effort to engage and educate the larger American public.
Please click here
to learn how you can amplify the impact of the hour-long special.
Sikh Advocate Academy Applications Close April 25, 2018: Apply Today!
The application deadline for our seventh Sikh Advocate Academy is quickly approaching! The deadline to apply is April 25, 2018. Click to apply today!
Our signature training will take your advocacy skills to the next level. Graduates of the program have gotten published in media outlets across the country, secured endorsements for civil rights legislation from their elected representatives in the U.S. Congress, and some have gone on to work for the Sikh Coalition. Learn the strategies to effective community organizing, government engagement and presenting to the media.
This week-long training will take place from June 17 - June 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. We want the best candidates
to advance Sikh civil rights and will pay for all expenses, including travel, accommodations and meals.
Wishing Everyone a Very Happy Vaisakhi!
Vaisakhi deeyan lakh lakh vadhaeeyan! ਵਿਸਾਖੀ ਦਿਆਂ ਲੱਖ ਲੱਖ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ! We wish everyone a very happy Vaisakhi! Thank you for your ongoing support. Together we are creating a future with no limits for generations to come. [Image courtesy of Prabneet Kaur http://www.neetkaurart.com]
We have been working to support Vaisakhi proclamations and resolutions across the country, participating in Vaisakhi events, and raising Sikh awareness by asking elected officials across the political spectrum to celebrate Sikhs on their social media platforms
for #Vaisakhi. We are excited to share updates on these projects soon.
New Staff Hires & Exciting Position Updates
The Sikh Coalition is excited to announce that starting in April 2018, Harleen Kaur
joined our team as the new full-time Community Development Manager based in New York City. In this role, she is responsible for further developing community engagement through grassroots efforts, including empowering the next generation of leaders in our Junior Sikh Coalition program.
With the hiring of Harleen, Aasees Kaur
transitioned into the full-time new role of Legal Client and Community Services Manager. In this position, she is responsible for client management and engagement in all of our legal programming areas. This position is crucial to bridging the gap between Sikh clients who have been discriminated against, the greater Sikh community, and entities who investigate and address these cases.
Register Now for the Southern California Bowl-a-thon!
The Sikh Coalition is excited to announce that this year’s SoCal Bowl-a-thon
is on May 20, 2018 at Lucky Strike in Orange, California. This is the third year hosting the event, and your presence will make it the biggest and best one yet!
There are a very limited number of spots available, so please sign up before it’s too late
! In the last few years we have sold out well before the event.
New Wave of Hate Crimes Demands Vigilance
In the last few months, the Sikh Coalition’s legal team has taken on a new wave of hate crime cases
. The legal cases we take on for free are only a percentage of the overall incidents as many individuals do not necessarily report hate crimes to law enforcement or the Sikh Coalition.
We provide completely free and confidential legal assistance to Sikhs who have been discriminated against or subject to bias based upon their religious beliefs or identity. Please fill out our legal intake form
if you believe you have been discriminated against or subject to bias, and would like to request free legal assistance from the Sikh Coalition. The Sikh Coalition handles nearly 200 legal intakes a year, and we examine every submission on a case-by-case basis.
to learn how you can take further action.
Illinois Hate Crime Leads to Police and Community Trainings
The Sikh Coalition has worked to educate authorities and the community in response to the January hate crime against Sikh father and husband Gurjeet Singh
. Over the last month our team presented a Sikh-focused training to the Silvis, IL Police Department
, which polices the area where the gurdwara is located, gave a comprehensive ‘Know Your Rights’ training at the Silvis Gurdwara
, and facilitated Sikh community meetings with police officers.
In March, Gurjeet Singh requested that his legal case be closed so that he can focus on recovering from this traumatic experience. We respect Gurjeet’s right to seek closure in this investigation as we continue our work to combat and prevent hate across America, and continue to support the local Quad Cities Sikh community in addressing these issues. Please click here
to learn more about Gurjeet’s case and our response.
First-Ever New Jersey Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month
This year New Jersey declared every April as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month
. Many towns in New Jersey also passed resolutions to honor the hard work and service of local Sikhs. In addition, Delaware once again passed a similar state resolution to declare April as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month.
On April 14, 2018, the New Jersey Sikh community brought together volunteers
to host their monthly seva (selfless service) projects. These projects in Camden and Trenton, New Jersey are part of a larger effort to give back across the state. The Sikh Coalition worked to amplify their efforts with communications and media support. Click here
to read The Philadelphia Inquirer’s coverage and here
to read the Courier Post’s coverage.
Los Angeles Kings Celebrate Sikh Awareness
On April 2, 2018, the Los Angeles Kings joined over 75 Sikh Americans and the Sikh Coalition to celebrate their first-ever Sikh Awareness Night
. The game, which featured a Sikh fan tunnel and Sikh community awareness initiatives before the game, reached a new demographic that follows hockey, including the crowd of 18,230 in attendance.
The first L.A. Kings Sikh Awareness hockey game comes in direct response to the four previous Sikh Awareness games with the Los Angeles Clippers, and the NHL team is already verbally committed to doing the event again next season with even more opportunities for highlighting the Sikh community throughout the event.
Please click here
to view pictures from the event.
Stockton, California Bullying Prevention Forum
From March 23-24, 2018, the Sikh Coalition conducted a two-day Bullying Prevention Forum in Stockton, California at the Sikh Gurdwara Sahib Stockton. Nearly 110 children and parents engaged in the presentation, which also highlighted the additional resources and support that the Sikh Coalition provides to further combat and prevent school bullying.
Please click here
to view pictures from the forum.
Sikh Project Draws Hundreds of Visitors in Maryland
On March 24, 2018, the Sikh Project
came to a close at the Sandy Spring Museum after a successful six-week exhibit where hundreds of visitors experienced the beauty of the Sikh faith and the depth of the Sikh American experience. The Maryland exhibition was the first time all the of the full-size portraits were on display since the initial groundbreaking launch in 2016. Follow updates from the Sikh Coalition to see where the exhibition heads next.
Click here to view a special segment
aired by Maryland Public Television featuring Sikh Project participant Harpreet Kaur. In addition, click here
to view local news coverage.
Congressional Briefing Addresses Hate Violence
On March 23, 2018, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) hosted a congressional briefing on the impact of hate violence against South Asian communities
across the United States. During the briefing, the Sikh Coalition’s National Advocacy Manager Sim J. Singh participated in an expert panel that also featured leadership from the Arab American Institute, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, and Justice for Muslims Collective.
We would like to thank SAALT for hosting this important briefing as we work together to #TakeOnHate. Click here
to view pictures from the briefing.
Sikh Coalition Presents on Law Student Association Panel
On March 27, 2018, Sikh Coalition Senior Staff Attorney Julian Darwall participated in a panel discussion with Columbia University’s South Asian Law Students Association. The discussion centered on immigration, South Asian leadership in politics, and increasing representation in the arts. Other panelists included Juvaria Khan, an attorney with Muslim Advocates, Peter Jacob, a congressional candidate in New Jersey, and Aparna Nancherla, a well-known comedian and actress. The panelists praised the Sikh Coalition’s work in response to intolerance and building visibility in popular culture.
Educating Educators at NYC Conference
On March 15, 2018, the Sikh Coalition conducted a training with staff members from the Jamaica Learning Center in Queens, New York. The goal of the training was to create awareness about Sikhism for staff who interact with Sikh students regularly and enhance an overall positive learning environment.
On March 27, 2018, we trained 30 teachers, staff and administrators during the Education Support Professional Conference in New York City. During the training, Sikh Coalition staff presented materials on the Sikh faith and addressed the impact of post-9/11 discrimination on Sikhs. Educators then discussed Sikh identity and the role they play in reducing issues of school bullying through building awareness.
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