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Dear Supporter,

Are you tired of all of the misconceptions and xenophobia negatively impacting Sikhs? We need to start small and bring change locally before we can address the bigger issues facing our country. Since 2011, the Sikh Coalition has put together an advocacy training program that will give you the tools to bring positive change to your community.

I want everyone to take advantage of the Sikh Advocate Academy and therefore extended our application deadline until this Sunday, April 29, 2018. Our advocacy training program will teach the skills necessary to become an effective community advocate. This program is available to any U.S. resident adult (18 or older) willing and able to volunteer a small portion of their time to advance civil rights causes within their community.

Click here to apply! Applications will be accepted until Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Attendees will travel to Washington, D.C. (June 17th - 22nd, 2018) and participate in our one-of-a-kind course to learn the advocacy techniques used by the Sikh Coalition. Travel, hotel, and meals are all paid for so that you can focus on learning from some of the best civil rights advocates in the country. Our interactive teaching sessions provide attendees the opportunity to directly apply skills learned through discussions with elected officials in Congress and engagement opportunities at state and local governments.

One quick example: 2017 Advocate, Harleen Kaur. Harleen met with her Congresswoman during Sikh Advocate Academy and immediately returned to Oregon and responded to the Portland fatal stabbing with a letter to the editor urging public officials to do more to combat hate. Her piece was one of many Sikh Advocate Academy op-eds published in the last year across the country. Not only did Harleen address hate crime through the media, she was instrumental in organizing a forum that brought together interfaith leaders, government officials, and community members to start dialogue on ending hate crime.

Our trainings have taught graduates how to amplify their messages via print and broadcast media, build grassroots support, and engage elected officials on Sikh civil rights issues. Graduates of this program have participated in over 200 initiatives across the United States. See what last year’s class had to say about the value of our training program.

I sincerely hope that you can participate in this highly valuable training opportunity and drive meaningful change for Sikhs in your community. If you are not able to join us, please share this email with someone you think would be a good fit for the Sikh Advocate Academy. The Sikh Coalition looks forward to being your trusted local advocate in the fight against discrimination, bullying, profiling, and harassment.

Apply! Applications will be accepted until Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Chardi Kala,

Sim J. Singh
National Advocacy Manager
The Sikh Coalition

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