Thank you for your support!
The Sikh Coalition team would like to thank our donors for their support in 2019. Your investment, large or small, enables us to continue to fight for progress through our advocacy, community development, education, legal, and media work. Given the civil rights challenges we face in this new year, we hope we can count on your continued engagement moving forward.
Standing in Solidarity with our Jewish Neighbors
Late last month, a rash of anti-Semitic bias incidents and attacks--including an attempted mass stabbing at a Hannukah celebration--rocked New York and New Jersey. The Sikh Coalition joined with other groups who came together in the face of this hate, including by having Executive Director Satjeet Kaur speak at a solidarity rally
on New Year's Eve and by cosponsoring an interfaith march on January 5, 2020. We continue to stand with our Jewish friends and neighbors, because targeted violence is never acceptable and everyone deserves the right to practice their faith fearlessly.
Sikh Coalition Returns to Monroe-Woodbury High School in NY
In mid-December, Sikh Coalition staff and volunteers returned
to Monroe-Woodbury High School in Central Valley, NY, for the second year in a row to conduct Sikh Awareness presentations. More than 600 students in sixth- and ninth-grade social studies classrooms learned about the Sikh faith, community, and traditions. This work builds on efforts started the previous school year, when Sikh mother Ishmeet Kaur used our resources to build a relationship with school officials; click here
to hear Ishmeet’s story, and consider starting a similar program at your own school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Taxi Know Your Rights Resource Updated in English, Punjabi
Following the vicious hate crime
against a Sikh Uber driver in Bellingham, WA last month, the Sikh Coalition released
an updated version of our Taxi and Rideshare Driver ‘Know Your Rights’ resource. This document has information in English and Punjabi about steps you or your loved ones can take to stay safe while driving for a living. We expect to provide more updates about the Bellingham case next month; in the meantime, know that you can contact
our legal team for free assistance if you or someone you know has experienced bias, bigotry, or backlash.
Final CLEAR Training for Law Enforcement in NJ
On January 10, 2020, the Sikh Coalition and several partner organizations held a final Sikh Cultural Diversity Training through New Jersey’s CLEAR Institute. This training was a first-of-its-kind, comprehensive, and in-depth course produced through a year-long collaboration between multiple Sikh organizations, the U.S. Department of Justice, and New Jersey law enforcement officials. While the training first debuted in October 2019
, this final presentation will be recorded and shared with up to 30,000 police officers in 550 police departments across the state.
Irvine Police Department Policy Development
On New Year's Day, the Irvine Police Department of Irvine, CA, announced a policy development
that allows uniformed officers to wear their articles of faith while serving. The Sikh Coalition had previously engaged the Irvine Police Department last November, when our staff and volunteers conducted Sikh Awareness presentations (pictured above) for more than 120 employees of the same Department. We look forward to continuing to engage police departments across the nation for inclusive uniform policies and general bridge-building between officers and the Sikh communities they protect.
JSC Wraps Up First Semester with Jyot Presentations
To end the Junior Sikh Coalition's semester, on December 18, 2019, members presented project proposals to a panel of Sikh Coalition staff for their capstone ‘Jyot Projects,’ meant to spread light in their communities. This year, JSC members proposed projects that combat the stigma against mental health and illness in the Sikh community, shed light on gender inequality that they observe in Sikh spaces, and support Sikh students and pre-professionals in their search for professional opportunities and guidance. We look forward to working with them to help make their visions a reality! (Photo credit: Gurjote Singh Sethi, @gurjojo on Instagram; view the full album of photos here
Join the Team! Apply to Open Staff and Internship Positions Today
If you are passionate about advancing Sikh awareness and civil rights for all using media and communications, consider applying for our open Media and Communications Manager
position. Additionally, we are currently accepting applications for our 10-week summer internships
, with flexible start/end dates and a small stipend provided. Applications for our Media and Communications Internship, Policy and Advocacy Internship, and Legal Fellowship are currently open. All applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so apply today
Domestic Terrorism Roundtable Discussion
On January 10, 2020, Sikh Coalition Legal Director Amrith Kaur joined interfaith leaders and advocates for a roundtable discussion on domestic terrorism. The convening was organized by senior U.S. Senator from Illinois Richard Durbin (D) and held at the Chicago Loop Synagogue. The group discussed the impact of hate crimes--particularly those motivated by white nationalism--on minority communities and brainstormed policy solutions to address this increasing threat. After the conversation, the group spoke to reporters in a press conference.
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