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The Sikh Coalition News
July 16, 2020
  • Sikh Coalition Announces Civil Rights Policy Priorities

    July 16, 2020 (New York, NY) -- As part of our ongoing efforts to raise the Sikh American voice through civic engagement in 2020, the Sikh Coalition is pleased to announce the publication of Combating Bias, Bigotry, and Backlash: Sikh American Civil Rights Policy Priorities. This policy document presents a specific series of Sikh civil rights policy prescriptions in several areas of the Sikh Coalition’s programmatic work, including hate crimes, employment discrimination, creating safer schools, protecting religious rights, and reforming immigration and detention policies.

    “This policy document will help further ensure that the president and members of Congress address civil rights issues that are critically important to the Sikh American community,” said Sim J. Singh, Sikh Coalition Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager. “In accordance with the Sikh Coalition’s status as a non-profit, non-partisan organization, it has been shared with both the Biden and Trump presidential campaigns; we hope to see both candidates incorporate Sikh-specific causes and solutions into their policy platforms.”

    In addition to sharing bipartisan policy guidance with both presidential campaigns, Sikh American Policy Priorities will also be used for ongoing engagement with other candidates and lawmakers of all parties who are interested in learning about the civil rights issues of importance to the community that we serve.

    “The Sikh American community is broad and diverse, and we are all affected by a wide range of issues--from the economy and healthcare to foreign policy and social justice,” said Satjeet Kaur, Sikh Coalition Executive Director. “The Sikh Coalition has produced this policy document specifically focused on the issues that our legal and policy teams work on every day. In doing so, we hope to give an unprecedented voice to Sikh Americans, specifically with regard to their concerns about civil rights and religious freedom, in political campaigns throughout this election season.”

    The Sikh Coalition began the year with our work on the 2020 Census, providing a robust community FAQ as well as detailed videos, in English and Punjabi, on how to fill out the census. This month, we continued this focus on civic engagement with the launch of our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts, including the announcement of National Sikh Voter Registration Day on September 20, 2020; our free online tool that anyone can use to check their voter registration; and our plan to train GOTV volunteers nationwide. We believe that all Sikh Americans deserve to have their voices heard in matters of politics and governance, and we will continue to push for policies and reforms enacted with transparency and accountability.

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