September 15, 2020 (Washington, DC) -- Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 5317
, which would rename a post office in Houston, Texas the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office. The Sikh Coalition, which consulted with Deputy Dhaliwal’s family and worked with Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) to honor Deputy Dhaliwal’s service, supports this bipartisan act and looks forward to the Senate hopefully passing the resolution by the end of the year.
was killed during a traffic stop in northwest Houston, Texas on September 27, 2019. He originally joined the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in 2009; in 2015, he secured a historic, first of its kind accommodation to wear his Sikh articles of faith while serving in uniform.
“My son was beloved by all in his community, and performed his job and participated in seva (selfless service) with respect, dignity, and care,” said Pyara Singh Dhaliwal, Deputy Dhaliwal’s father. “He lived as a symbol of the strength that comes from diversity and unity, and this building will serve as another permanent reminder of how much he meant to our family and the people of Houston. We are so thankful for this effort to honor his legacy and his commitment to our city.”
For the past year, the Sikh Coalition has been working alongside Texas lawmakers, Houston community leaders, and the Dhaliwal family to recognize Deputy Dhaliwal’s legacy and impact on the Houston community. On October 28, 2019, a congressional resolution
was introduced in the House honoring him; the Sikh Coalition is also grateful for the hundreds of community members across the country who thanked their lawmakers for this and Congresswoman Fletcher’s resolution.
“The recognition of Deputy Dhaliwal’s legacy by naming a federal building in his honor is a historic and deeply meaningful acknowledgement for the Dhaliwal family and Sikh community," said Sim J. Singh, Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy. "We are grateful to work alongside Texas lawmakers in this year-long effort, and trust that this recognition will further help Americans appreciate that diversity and inclusion remain our nation's greatest strength."
Following this successful passage in the House, this resolution is expected to now move to the U.S. Senate for a vote and ultimately to the White House for signature by the end of the year. In the meantime, the Sikh Coalition continues to fight for equality of opportunity in all career fields--including law enforcement
--while also relentlessly advocating for more just and equitable policing, per our Policy Principles Regarding Civil Rights and Law Enforcement
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.