May 16, 2019 (New Haven, CT) – On Sunday, May 12, a mosque in New Haven, Connecticut was set on fire intentionally
, during the holy month of Ramadan. While investigations are ongoing to look for the suspect and a motive, local Muslim advocates have asked for authorities to investigate for biased motives.
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut is asking community members from all faith backgrounds to attend a vigil to express their solidarity and take a stand against hate
. The vigil will take place at Diyanet Mosque located at 531 Middletown Avenue in New Haven at 6:30 p.m.
“From Oak Creek to Poway, we stand in solidarity with all minority faiths and communities that continue to be targeted by hate. No community should ever feel unsafe in their house of worship, and we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Haven who have suffered such a terrible loss, especially during the holy month of Ramadan,” said Sikh Coalition Executive Director Satjeet Kaur. “As more and more houses of worship continue to come under attack, it is important for the Sikh community of Connecticut to express that solidarity at tonight's vigil.”
Given the recent spate of attacks against houses of worship, the Sikh Coalition calmly urges sangat members to know their rights, remain vigilant and always report cases of bias, bigotry and backlash.
TAKE ACTION & KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
1. Report Hate Incidents
– If you or somebody you know has experienced hate violence, bias-based property damage, hate vandalism, or threats thereof, call law enforcement immediately and seek medical attention if needed. Please be aware that law enforcement should not ask you about your immigration status, and in the event that they do, you have the right to not answer this question. If you would like to have a free and confidential consultation with experienced attorneys in either English or Punjabi, please contact the Sikh Coalition at 212-655-3095 or fill out our reporting form
2. Know Your Rights
– Please be aware of your surroundings and know your rights. Download our FAQ guide on hate crimes and hate speech
and learn how to report incidents to authorities and the Sikh Coalition. Our hate crime poster
can be displayed at your gurdwara and is available in both English and Punjabi. Additionally, we provide educational brochures
that serve as an introduction to the Sikh faith, community and traditions. This resource is available in 19 different languages. To receive free copies of any of our available resources
or discuss a Know Your Rights training or workshop to be conducted at your gurdwara, please email us at email@example.com
3. Share Gurdwara Security Toolkit
– Print or email our Gurdwara Security Toolkit
, and share it with your gurdwara. Over 50 gurdwaras worked with the Sikh Coalition to take proactive steps to make their gurdwaras safer. Ask your gurdwara if they have already participated, and if they haven’t, please have a committee member email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
for a free consultation.
4. Share This Information With Your Friends and Family
– Encourage family and friends to sign up for the Sikh Coalition’s email alerts
so that they can continue to receive related updates on resources and information. Take the next easy step and post this information
to your social media accounts. It is critical that we disseminate this information to every sangat member so that if a hate crime happens, they know we are here to provide free and confidential legal resources.
The Sikh Coalition continues every day to combat hate and ignorance through our never-ending legal, policy, advocacy and education work.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.