Dear Supporter Ji,
A lot in our world has changed since I last wrote you an update. In the midst of this global pandemic, I pray that this message finds you and your family safe and healthy during this crisis.
A lot has changed at the Sikh Coalition as well. We have shuttered our New York City office and shifted several of our organizational resources and priorities to meet the unique needs of the Sikh community and the challenges of this moment.
Some of these shifting priorities include the rapid creation of COVID-19 resources that have also been translated into Punjabi. These resources are designed to help our community in a wide variety of ways, and we will continue to add new items and update old ones throughout this crisis.
Like you, we are still trying to figure things out. One of the things our team is currently exploring is how best to coordinate emergency resources in order help the Sikh community safely provide demonstrable support during this crisis. As I write this, our Policy and Community Engagement teams are currently in direct contact with Governor Newsom’s emergency task force and California’s Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to assess critical needs that the California Sikh community could assist with moving forward.
We have also launched the Kid’s Corner, a weekly online learning opportunity that recently featured Southern California’s own Bhajneet Singh. This e-learning adventure is in its early phases, but we are also committed to seeing this programming evolve as our children continue to learn from home. Relatedly, please know that we remain committed to protecting Sikh children from the increased challenges of cyberbullying.
All of these efforts are critical, but it doesn’t mean that our normal civil rights work stops as we respond to COVID-19. In fact, we are as busy as we have ever been in Southern California. Last month, we launched a new California campaign with the Jakara Movement to ensure that the California Department of Education meaningfully includes Sikhism in the state’s new Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum.
Moreover, our workshops and training will continue in Southern California--but instead of holding them in-person, we will now move them online. Just last week, our Southern California Community Engagement Manager, Inderpreet Kaur, delivered an online Sikh Awareness training to core staff at 211-LA. We will also soon be announcing an online workshop for Southern California Sikh parents looking to do more to engage their teachers at this critical junction.
For nearly 20 years, our organization has worked to support and protect the Sikh community, and that mission remains as important as ever in this moment.
The Sikh Coalition
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