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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
September 14, 2019
  • Sikh Coalition Launches First-Ever C3 Resources

    As children across the country head back to school, the Sikh Coalition has launched the first-ever C3 resources that educators can easily use to effectively teach students about Sikhism through inquiry. These resources are now available to more than 9,000 teachers in states that use C3 resources to set their school curricula. This collection includes elementary and middle/high school lesson plans, a discussion guide for CNN’s United Shades of America episode about the Sikh community, and ancillary background materials about Sikhism and the Sikh community for educators.

    These C3 resources join our collection of educator- and parent-oriented resources featured in our new and improved Back to School Toolkit. In addition to the Sikh awareness presentations, anti-bullying brochures, Know Your Rights materials, and legal resources geared to protecting and empowering Sikh children, our Back to School Toolkit provides educators and parents with new lesson plans, resources, and reading materials.
  • Thank You for Supporting Our Back to School Launch

    The Sikh Coalition kicked off the launch of its new and improved Back to School Toolkit. With this launch, we worked to empower the community to develop effective and fruitful relationships with schools and school districts, resulting in a higher quality of life for Sikh students. Click here to watch a testimonial of community leader Ishmeet Kaur engaging her children's school district to teach more than 1,200 students about Sikhism.

    Since its launch, we have disseminated the Toolkit to more than 170 educators, nearly 20 Indian and Punjabi media personnel, and over 30,000 community members. Community members who speak Punjabi learned more through our “Back to School Toolkit: Explained” video that made its way across community groups on WhatsApp. Lastly, multiple gurdwaras across the nation held presentations for their sangats explaining the Toolkit’s resources and how parents can learn about effective ways to engage educators in their area.

    For more information about the Back to School Toolkit or our other education work, please contact education@sikhcoalition.org.
  • LA Museum Hosting Sikh Project Exhibition

    The Sikh Coalition, in partnership with the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance, is excited to announce the display of the groundbreaking Sikh Project photography exhibition in Los Angeles.

    The Sikh Project, in collaboration with the talented British photographers Amit and Naroop, captures the beauty of the Sikh faith and the depth of the Sikh American experience. Launched to critical acclaim in 2016, this display of the exhibition includes 28 portraits of Sikh men and women that embody the triumphs, challenges, and diversity of the Sikh community in the United States.

    The Sikh Project is on display at the Museum of Tolerance from September 11th-November 3rd. Museum hours are Sunday through Friday, from 10-5 p.m.; please note that the Museum is closed on Saturdays, as well as for holidays detailed here.
  • New York Governor Signs Workplace Discrimination Law

    On August 9, 2019, New York Governor Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill 4037, which prohibits New York employers from discriminating against employees due to their religious attire, including grooming observations. This critical piece of legislation was driven by the Sikh Coalition’s advocacy efforts in 2011 and successful multi-year settlement against the New York City Metro Transit Authority (MTA) for discriminating against Sikh employees who had been denied the right to wear unbranded religious head coverings in full public view.

    This legislation will have an immediate impact for Sikhs who have been turned away from employment or faced discrimination in New York, and it ensures that every Sikh across the state knows that their faith should never impede them in pursuing the career of their choice. Relative to other vulnerable minorities, Sikhs remain disproportionately targeted for discrimination because they wear turbans and maintain unshorn hair, including facial hair, in accordance with their faith. No one should ever have to make the impossible decision between keeping their faith or having access to gainful employment. Sikhs, like all other Americans, deserve equal rights in the workplace.
  • Celebrating Guru Nanak's 550th Gurpurab

    As Sikhs worldwide commemorate Guru Nanak’s 550th gurpurab this year, the Sikh Coalition is working with sangats across the United States to celebrate this historic anniversary. This effort includes hosting gurdwara open houses to welcome elected officials, law enforcement, and members of the community, as well as facilitating service projects with national partners.

    Nearly thirty gurdwaras have already signed on to these efforts, which will help people across the United States to learn more about the Sikh community, faith, and traditions. They include gurdwaras in Olathe, KS; Shawnee, KS; Charlotte, NC; Oakland, NJ; Los Angeles, CA; Riverside, CA; Santa Ana, CA; Long Island, NY; St. Louis, MO; Albuquerque, NM; San Antonio, TX; and Grand Rapids, MI.

    We will be providing support to these open houses, taking place on weekends between October 11th-November 15th this year. This initiative is part of the Sikh Coalition’s grassroots efforts to empower sangats to strengthen relationships with their neighbors and raise Sikh awareness nationwide. With over 500,000 Sikhs in the United States celebrating Guru Nanak’s 550th gurpurab, this will be an incredible opportunity to build bridges between communities.
  • NYC Bowl-a-thon: Ready...Set...Bowl!

    The Sikh Coalition is excited to be hosting the much-loved NYC Bowl-a-thon for an incredible 10th year! Join us on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. Your participation this year will make it the best one yet!

    Here's how you can take part:
    1. Start a team by registering here.
    2. Choose a fun team name. For example, some names last year were Karasmatic Kaurs, Incredibowls, Chake-de-bowlle… you get the idea!
    3. Invite your family and friends to join! Each lane has 8 spots.

    There are a limited number of spots available, so please sign your team up before it’s too late. We have always sold out well before the event. By starting a team, participating, and fundraising, you will further enable the Sikh Coalition’s groundbreaking work to protect our rights, raise the Sikh profile, and lead change across the country.
  • Continuing Work to #LetSikhsServe

    Two years ago, two Sikh Coalition clients completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Since then, we’ve continued fighting to prevent employment discrimination by our nation’s largest employer: the U.S. Department of Defense.

    The Sikh Coalition represents a range of clients in the different branches of the U.S. military as they seek religious accommodations for their articles of faith. In addition, we continue to push toward broader policy change that will reduce the barriers to service for all religious minorities. We have already seen major success: in 2017, the U.S. Army implemented significant changes that made these accommodations easier to secure and permanent for those who received them. The ultimate goal of this work is similar change in every branch of the U.S. military, which will, in turn, set an example against employment discrimination across the country.

    No one should be forced to choose between career and faith. If you or someone you know faces employment discrimination, contact our legal team. If you have questions about how our military work fits into the Sikh Coalition’s broader mission, read our FAQ.
  • Supporting Summer Camps Nationwide

    This summer, the Sikh Coalition facilitated sessions at numerous Sikh camps as part of our ongoing commitment to support youth sangat members. The workshops, led by our Community Development team, focused on critical issues such as bullying, allyship, and the Sikh identity.

    Sikh youth from all over the country attend gurmat camps throughout the summer, ranging from week-long sleep away camps to local, daily ones hosted at their Gurdwara, This year, our team conducted workshops at Camp Gian in Los Angeles, CA; gurmat camps at Gurdwara Sant Sagar and Sikh Cultural Society in Queens, NY; Central Jersey Sikh Association in Windsor, NJ; the 24th annual gurmat camp hosted by Guru Harkishan Institute of Sikh Studies in Rockville, MD; and the annual gurmat camp hosted by Guru Angad Institute of Sikh Studies in Sterling, VA. Our Southern California team also attended the annual Sikh Children's Day in Orange County, CA, where kids participated in arts and crafts, and our team shared resources to prepare Sikh parents as their kids head back to school this fall.

    To bring these workshops to your sangat or to get involved with our youth-based work, please contact community@sikhcoalition.org.
  • Op-Ed on Hate and Mass Shootings

    Last month, Sikh Americans, along with the rest of the nation, remembered and mourned the loss of six Sikhs through the mass shooting that occurred at the hands of a white nationalist in Oak Creek, WI. This painful remembrance was compounded by the recent tragedies in Gilroy, CA; Dayton, OH; and El Paso, TX; in the latter case, the gunman allegedly targeted his victims because of their minority status. Sikh Coalition Executive Director Satjeet Kaur penned an opinion piece discussing the imminent threat of white nationalism throughout the U.S. Click here to read Satjeet’s charge against white nationalist extremism.
  • Sikh Presenters Training on October 5th

    On October 5, 2019, the Sikh Coalition will conduct a Sikh awareness presenter training for sangat members in Plymouth, MI, and we invite you to join us! This training will provide the skills and knowledge needed to walk into a classroom, workplace, or any other public forum and deliver a Sikh awareness presentation that is accurate, informative, and highly-engaging.

    We are grateful to the administrators of the Mata Tripta Ji Gurdwara Sahib for generously opening up their space for the training. This training has been successfully designed and implemented in other sangats across the country, and we are excited to bring it to the Greater Detroit Area!

    If you’re interested in attending, getting trained, and becoming a volunteer, RSVP here. For additional information or questions, please contact Community Development Director Rucha Kaur at rucha@sikhcoalition.org.

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