Dear Supporter Ji,
In early December, the Sikh Coalition released a video series, “Sikhs in Seva,” which highlights a few remarkable sevadaars (volunteers) from around the country who are making a difference in their communities. As a Sikh Coalition intern this past summer, I had the opportunity to produce this series and work with these sevadaars one-on-one to tell their stories.
Storytelling is a powerful tool. The Sikh Coalition works hard to ensure that each time the Sikh community, faith, or tradition is highlighted in the media, it is done respectfully and responsibly. Much of this work is behind-the-scenes, and it requires diligence and persistence. This summer, I learned first-hand just how much the Sikh Coalition values not only telling the Sikh story, but doing it in the right way. Now, I’m reaching out because their work is powered by contributions from community members like you.
As the largest Sikh civil rights organization, the Sikh Coalition plays a critical role in defining what it means to be Sikh in America. Their initiatives--like the 2018 Sikh-focused United Shades of America episode, this year’s CBS Religion’s documentary special on religious-based bullying, and more--have a national audience, helping fellow Americans to get to know their Sikh neighbors.
But “Sikhs in Seva” also points to the importance that the Sikh Coalition places on increasing Sikh visibility at the hyper-local level. Each story I worked on in this series presents the impact that everyday Sikhs are having in their own communities--the lives they are changing, and how others can follow in their footsteps. As Sikhs increasingly continue to gain visibility, it’s also important that we recognize and celebrate these kinds of efforts within our own community.
The Sikh Coalition is a grassroots community organization. Everything they do--from pushing state and national legislation on hate crimes to celebrating the stories of individual community members--is in service of one goal: that we can all practice our faith proudly in this country. Your support today will ensure they have the resources to champion our community in 2020 and beyond.
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