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The Sikh Coalition News
October 23, 2019
  • CA Sikh Awareness & Appreciation Month Begins!

    For the eighth consecutive year, the Sikh Coalition is excited to celebrate November as California “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month” (SAAM). We will be kicking things off with month-long activities and festivities dedicated to highlight the contribution of Sikhs to the state of California and beyond!

    We jumpstarted the celebration of Sikhs in September by launching the Sikh Project photography exhibition at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, CA, which will be ending November 3rd. A community panel at the launch reception brought together community leaders who discussed the opportunities and challenges of Sikhs in Southern California. We continued this momentum into October, when the Sikh Coalition team led a Sikh awareness and anti-bias training with Santa Ana Police Department in Orange County, CA. This outreach is part of our ongoing efforts to spread awareness and help build bridges between police departments and community members. However, the work we have started is just the foundation for an exciting November!

    Are you interested in celebrating SAAM? Here are 3 ways you can TAKE ACTION:

    • Engage California Educators - California SAAM is the perfect opportunity to engage K-12 teachers and present Sikh awareness in classrooms. Our new-and-improved Back to School Toolkit features even more lesson plans, teaching tools, and the first-ever C3 Resources on Sikhism for educators to effectively teach students about this topic through inquiry.
    • Host a Teacher Appreciation Day - A Teacher Appreciation Day is a great way to invite your children’s teachers to your local gurdwara to educate them on Sikhism, inform school officials on bullying, and build relationships with local educators.
    • Celebrate SAAM at the local library - A library display helps to engage the larger community and raise awareness about Sikhs. The Sikh Coalition can help identify books, activities, and resources that can help explain Sikhism and enhance the display. Want to know which libraries are in your area? Visit the California library directory to find one close to you.

    The Sikh Coalition is excited to join the California sangat in celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of Sikhs across the state as we work together to raise Sikh awareness. In Southern California, we will be facilitating Sikh Awareness Presentations at schools, training additional law enforcement officers, and helping Gurdwaras host open houses to engage their neighbors. These are just some of the many ways you can support and celebrate with the Sikh sangat all month long!

    Our team will also be at the Yuba City Nagar Kirtan from November 1-3, where, for the second year in a row, we will be hosting a family-friendly booth while sharing our education and legal resources. If you’re heading to Yuba City, please stop by our booth, meet our staff, and learn more about how we can work together. For ideas, support, or information for any of these opportunities, please email community@sikhcoalition.org.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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