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Dear Sangat Ji,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe. Given the reduced risk of wildfires in Sacramento, I'm writing to share with you that we have rescheduled our virtual community forum on combating hate for Thursday, September 17, at 6:00 PM PDT.

As a reminder, this meeting will provide an opportunity for law enforcement to address the issue of bias-based crimes in Sacramento, 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. Community members, in turn, will have a safe space to ask questions. RSVP is required; please respond to receive a link to the meeting.

WHO: The Sikh Coalition will moderate a panel discussion with members of the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
WHEN: Thursday, September 17 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM PDT
WHERE: Virtual Community Forum: RSVP is required and space is limited, so sign up now!

These issues remain relevant given that Sacramento made news this summer when a media outlet outed a previously unknown leader of a neo-Nazi group in Orangevale. 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.

Thank you for your support and for your patience as we worked to reschedule this important conversation; please email community@sikhcoalition.org with any questions.

Chardi Kala,

Winty Singh
Advocacy and Community Engagement Fellow
The Sikh Coalition

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