April 29, 2019 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Sikh Coalition thanks the Southern California Sikh community for the numerous Vaisakhi celebrations that helped raise Sikh awareness. During the month of April, the Sikh Coalition worked with public officials, educators and gurdwaras to foster Sikh awareness, empowerment and education.
Throughout the month, the Sikh Coalition led out on two Sikh Awareness presentations in schools. With the help of community member Pritpal Kaur, our team was able to present at Playa Vista Elementary School
. In addition, we teamed up with Professor Elisabeth Burke from Fullerton College for the third time, presenting to her religious studies class.
“I appreciated the Sikh Coalition team presenting to our son’s class,” Pritpal said. “The kids loved learning about the patka and enjoyed story time with the book ‘Ajeet Singh: The Invincible Lion’.”
To better serve the needs of Southern California sangat members, we are making new, exciting progress in areas of local advocacy and education. On April 9th, Community Development Manager Inderpreet Kaur attended an event hosted by the Los Angeles County Commission of Human Relations to further our advocacy work in California. Additionally, the Sikh Coalition was invited to attend Los Angeles Unified School District’s Advisory Council meeting on Thursday, April 11th. Both of these meetings presented exciting, new opportunities for deepening our work to protect Sikh civil rights in Southern California, and we look forward to sharing next steps soon.
Lastly, on April 14th, the Sikh Coalition set up a booth at the Los Angeles Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan
. We passed out our education, bullying and hate crime resources to over 500 community members. In addition to resources at our table, about 300 children were able to make their own Nishaan Sahibs for the Nagar Kirtan parade. This project was a great way to interact with children and inform their parents about our organizational work.
“The Sikh Coalition’s dedication to Sikh awareness and diversity is extremely important,” said community member Bhupinder Singh Khehar. “It is crucial for our children to see their faith heritage being taught in their classrooms.”
The successful work in April could not be possible without the critical support of the Southern California Sikh community. In the coming weeks, the Sikh Coalition will be announcing new initiatives in the areas of education, advocacy and community development. If you would like the Sikh Coalition to lead a bullying prevention workshop, gurdwara security presentation
or present on back to school resources
at your local gurdwara, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, we encourage you to practice your faith fearlessly.