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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
May 12, 2018
  • CNN Will Re-Air Groundbreaking Sikh Episode Sunday Night

    The groundbreaking Sikh episode of CNN’s United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell re-airs Sunday, May 13th. If you know friends and family who have not watched, the episode will be back on CNN at 11pm ET, 10pm CT, 8pm PT.

    The original May 6th airing of United Shades of America: Sikhs in America ranked #1 in cable news in the key adult demographic of 25-54. The landmark episode exclusively focusing on the Sikh experience also had the highest reach across cable news in the 10pm ET time period (among 25-54), topping the competition by double digits. Learn more here. [Image courtesy of CNN]
  • #Vaisakhi Awareness Campaign Reaches 8 Million Americans

    The Sikh Coalition worked with 40+ bipartisan Congressional and Governors’ offices to spread Sikh awareness by sharing #Vaisakhi social media posts on their platforms, reaching a potential eight million Americans. Officials posted across social media platforms with 40+ posts on Twitter alone on April 14, 2018. This initiative joined a Vaisakhi resolution introduced in the U.S. Senate and over 40 official Vaisakhi and Sikh awareness resolutions, proclamations, citations and events secured by Sikh leaders across the United States. The Sikh Coalition supported community-led initiatives by working with elected officials from regional and national government offices to provide accurate information on their Sikh constituents.

    Please click here to view all of the communities that spread Sikh awareness this April.
  • Landmark Declarations of Sikh Awareness Month in Both New Jersey and New York

    For the first time,  New Jersey successfully passed a statewide Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month resolution. The Sikh Coalition supported communities where Vaisakhi Sikh awareness resolutions were passed and provided Sikh awareness resources at the New Jersey State House Sikh Day event. Additionally, we provided direct media and communications support to New Jersey leaders working on seva projects in Camden and Trenton. The result was positive educational news coverage and an Op-Ed by Sikh Coalition Community Development Director Rucha Kaur.

    In New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo conferred the state’s first-ever citation in recognition of April 2018 as Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month. The Sikh Coalition also partnered with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit and the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs in hosting a Vaisakhi celebration event to honor Sikhs who work and live in New York City. Through the Sikh Coalition’s engagement, New York’s citation joined the outstanding community-driven Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month resolutions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

    Please click here to view all of the communities that spread Sikh awareness this April.
  • Register Today 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!
  • Facebook Live Discussion Tackles Hate in America

    On April 30, 2018, Sikh Coalition Community Development Director Rucha Kaur hosted a Facebook Live discussion with Serve2Unite co-founders Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis. The organization formed in the aftermath of the 2012 Oak Creek shooting and is dedicated to creating student leaders who build inclusive, compassionate, nonviolent climates in their schools and surrounding communities. They joined the Sikh Coalition to share their work to combat and prevent hate in America.

    Please click here to view the discussion.
  • Interfaith Panel Educates on Sikhism

    On March 21, 2018, Sikh Coalition Southern California Community Development Manager Inderpreet Kaur participated in a “Women of Faith” leadership panel hosted by the Newport Mesa Interfaith Council. During the panel, Inderpreet discussed her experiences working as a professional woman of faith and at the Sikh Coalition. Afterwards, the entire panel of interfaith women participated in a discussion and Q&A session to broaden perspectives about how faith plays a role in their professional lives.

    In the past few months, our community development team has been working to build stronger relationships with southern California’s interfaith groups and establish a solid Sikh presence by encouraging the local sangat to participate in interfaith discussions. In addition, the team has been organizing volunteers to raise awareness of the Sikh faith in interfaith communities.
  • Celebrating Vaisakhi with the Los Angeles Community

    On April 8, 2018, the Sikh Coalition once again joined the southern California Sikh community in celebrating Vaisakhi at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During the event, Sikh Coalition Southern California Development Manager Inderpreet Kaur and Social Justice Fellow Winty Singh led conversations with the Los Angeles Sikh community on how they can get involved with the Sikh Coalition. Also, community volunteers served langar to all in celebration of the historically significant day of Vaisakhi.

    Please click here to view pictures from the event.
  • New Orleans Know Your Rights Workshops

    In April, Sikh Coalition Legal Client and Community Services Manager Aasees Kaur conducted two workshops with the Sikh community in New Orleans, Louisiana in response to a hate crime which took place a few weeks earlier. In response to community requests, we conducted a workshop with young kids about school bullying, and a Know Your Rights workshop on hate crimes with the entire sangat. In the second workshop, Craig Stewart from the Human Relations Commission joined to offer insights into how his office can serve as a great resource for the local community.

    Moving forward, we will collaborate with the Human Relations Commission to conduct Sikh awareness trainings for the New Orleans Police Department, the New Orleans Mayor’s office, and city council members.
  • University of California, Irvine Training Workshop

    Earlier this April, Sikh Coalition Southern California Community Development Manager Inderpreet Kaur led a workshop at the University of California, Irvine to teach Sikh students how to administer workshops about school bullying, gurdwara security and Sikhism. This workshop is part of a larger effort to work with Sikh students at the University of California and train them in combating school bullying and educating the local community about their rights. In the coming weeks and months, please stay tuned as we will be conducting additional presentations with this community.

    Please click here to view pictures from the event.

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