May 14, 2018 (Trenton, NJ) – Thanks to community-driven leadership, April 2018 was the first-ever “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month” declared by the state of New Jersey.
“It was incredible to see the hard work of so many people lead to such a successful month of Sikh awareness in New Jersey,” said Community Development Director, Rucha Kaur. “Thank you to every organization, community leader and volunteer who made raising Sikh awareness so successful.”
The Sikh Coalition provided direct media support to the monthly seva projects in Trenton, NJ and Camden, NJ. Beginning in February, the Sikh Coalition worked to develop and pitch stories to local news outlets. This resulted in Philadelphia Inquirer
and Courier Post
news stories along with an op-ed in the New Jersey Star-Ledger
by Rucha Kaur.
The Sikh Coalition also worked with communities where local Vaisakhi and Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month resolutions were passed, including Franklin Township in Somerset County; Oakland, NJ; Jersey City Schools; Fair Lawn, NJ; and Sayreville, NJ. This grassroots community-driven work in New Jersey mirrored a community-led nationwide initiative
, that resulted in statewide recognition in New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware, along with 40 other local resolutions.
The Sikh Coalition also engaged every NJ state lawmaker with content to celebrate New Jersey’s first-ever Sikh Awareness Month on social media. This email went out to 380 lawmakers across the state. On April 12th, the Sikh Coalition provided Sikh awareness resources and supported State Senator Vin Gopal and the New Jersey sangat for the Sikh Day celebration at the State House in Trenton.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.