Our team has also prepared several graphics about the California draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum and the history of Sikhs in the state to help spread the word about the petition.
As a reminder, the petition signatures will be delivered to state education authorities once a hearing is rescheduled later this year.
“Sikh Americans have a long and proud history in California,” said Naindeep Singh, Executive Director of the Jakara Movement. “From freedom fighters to revolutionaries, farm laborers to engineers, and Congressmen to physicians, they have shaped the state in numerous ways and continue to play an important part in building its future. Victimization and marginalization have never been the defining traits of the Sikh American experience, and that’s why we are dedicated to ensure that our stories are told.”
The Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum will not be finalized until March of 2021, but between now and this time next year, state education authorities are likely to release a revised draft incorporating any recommendations and engaging in further outreach and public input. The Sikh Coalition and the Jakara Movement will be monitoring these developments closely, and we will reach out to the community when further action is necessary.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.