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On November 27, 2018, the Sikh Coalition held a six-hour-long Facebook Live day for #GivingTuesday as a creative way to highlight our work this year. This event featured a marathon series of conversations and beamed in staff and community leaders from around the country. We explored various aspects of our work -- from our free legal aid and policy campaigns, to our efforts to create safe and inclusive environments in our nation’s schools and empower and engage communities -- all designed to protect and advance our civil rights. Thank you for your support on Giving Tuesday!
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California Ends Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month Celebration
We have many exciting highlights to share from California Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in November!
With community leadership and support, the Sikh Coalition reached Californians across the state through Sikh awareness presentations, proclamations and events. In Los Angeles, we joined the Kaur and Singh Academy to do a Sikh awareness presentation for 600 students at Porter Ranch Community School. In addition, we delivered a Sikh awareness presentation to over 70 students from Chaminade College Preparatory and led the students on a tour at a local gurdwara, where they learned the Sikh concept of langar and seva first-hand.
Additionally, we partnered with the Los Angeles Clippers for the fifth annual Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Night, and over 200 community members attended the event. In Sacramento, we launched the Sikh Project photo exhibition at the California Museum, which will be on display through January 2019.
Delivering Messages of Support to the Pittsburgh Jewish Community
After a shooter walked into the Tree of Life Congregation, a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, and reportedly yelled “all Jews must die” before killing at least four and injuring several more in October, nearly 300 community members joined a larger interfaith effort led by Auburn Theological Seminary in sharing their messages of solidarity condemning the attack. Later this month, we will work with the Greater Pittsburgh sangat to deliver the messages of solidarity.
As this attack on a religious space is a part of an increase of violence against minorities, the Sikh Coalition calmly urges sangat members to
know their rights, remain vigilant and report cases of bias, bigotry and backlash that may be occurring in their communities.
Critical TSA Know Your Rights Guide for Travelers
This month, we updated our TSA Know Your Rights guide to provide airport travelers with current Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening procedures and regulations. This resource is vetted by the TSA and is a critical guide for you to have before you travel. Download our TSA Know Your Rights guide in English and Punjabi for free.
If you or someone you know experiences racial profiling by the TSA, you can also report the incident in real-time by filling out our legal intake form.
Sikh Project on Display at the California Museum
On October 27, 2018, our Sikh Project exhibition launched at the California Museum in Sacramento. The photography exhibition, a collaboration with the talented British photographers Amit and Naroop, captures the beauty of the Sikh faith and the depth of the Sikh American experience. The exhibition continues to be on display at the California Museum until January 27, 2019. If you're in the Northern California area, be sure to check it out before it hits the road again.
Partnering with Educators in California Schools
On November 26, 2018, Southern California Community Development Manager Inderpreet Kaur delivered a Sikh awareness presentation to over 70 students from Chaminade College Preparatory in Los Angeles. Additionally, Inderpreet led the students on a tour at a local gurdwara, where they learned the Sikh concept of langar and seva first-hand. The next day, she delivered a Sikh awareness presentation at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, where the class of 20 students were eager to learn how Sikhs have been a substantial part of United States history.
At both schools, an educator contacted the Sikh Coalition and requested a Sikh awareness presentation for their students. If you would like to discuss opportunities about how the Sikh Coalition can support you or your local community in outreach efforts to educators, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engaging Educators Nationwide
In November, the Sikh Coalition presented education resources at the National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. We spoke with teachers from across the country, sharing lesson plans and resources that will help educators more accurately teach students about Sikhism in their classrooms.
We will continue partnering with policymakers, educators, school officials and textbook companies to systematically improve education about the Sikh faith and traditions.
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