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Dear Sangat Ji, 

This is Winty Singh, the Community Engagement Fellow for the Sikh Coalition here in Sacramento. I'm writing to share with you an invitation to an important virtual community forum.

Last month, Sacramento made news when a media outlet outed a previously unknown leader of a neo-Nazi group in Orangevale, CA. The purported white supremacist, Andrew Richard Casarez, recently had an emergency gun restraining order placed on him. This revelation comes after the unsolved vandalism case at the Orangevale gurdwara earlier this year, along with an anti-Semitic vandalism case targeting a local Jewish synagogue in 2017.

In response, the Sikh Coalition is working with Sikh community leaders across Sacramento County to organize a virtual community forum with key elected officials and law enforcement officers. The purpose of this community forum is to learn more about what government agencies are doing to prevent and combat hate crimes and hate groups in Sacramento County and offer Sikh community members space to ask questions. RSVP is required, and space is limited.

WHO: The Sikh Coalition will moderate a panel discussion with members of the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
WHEN: Thursday, August 27 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM PDT
WHERE: Virtual Community Forum: RSVP is required and space is limited, so sign up now!

This meeting will provide an opportunity for law enforcement to address the issue of bias-based crimes in the region, including how residents should respond to these types of incidents and what community engagement opportunities exist, as well as to share insight into how bias-based crimes are investigated and prosecuted.

We look forward to your participation in this important conversation; please email community@sikhcoalition.org with any questions.

Chardi Kala,

Winty Singh
Community Engagement Fellow
The Sikh Coalition

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