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December 4, 2020
  • Senate Passes Resolution to Rename Houston Post Office for Late Deputy Dhaliwal

    December 4, 2020 (Washington, DC) -- Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed H. Res. 5317, a resolution that would rename a post office in Houston, Texas, after the late Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal.

    This follows the September 14 passage of this resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives, where it was originally introduced by Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX). The resolution now goes to President Trump’s desk to be signed. The Sikh Coalition, which worked with Congresswoman Fletcher on the original resolution and encouraged its passage in the Senate by working with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and John Cornyn (R-TX), applauds this bipartisan progress.

    “Our family remains grateful for the outpouring of love and support in this effort to commemorate my son,” said Pyara Singh Dhaliwal, Deputy Dhaliwal’s father. “This gesture will memorialize his legacy of service to his beloved Houston, while also reminding us all to uphold his example and celebrate the diversity that makes our and so many other communities strong.”

    For the past year, the Sikh Coalition has worked alongside Texas lawmakers, Houston community leaders, and the Dhaliwal family to recognize Deputy Dhaliwal’s legacy and impact. On October 28, 2019, a congressional resolution honoring him was created in consultation with the Sikh Coalition and introduced in the House; the Sikh Coalition rallied hundreds of community members across the country to thank their lawmakers for this and Congresswoman Fletcher’s original resolution.

    “We are very glad to see the Senate pass this important resolution and send it to the president’s desk” said Sim J. Singh, Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy. “Signing this resolution into law and commemorating Deputy Dhaliwal in his city is an important way to affirm both his legacy and the fact that conscious efforts towards diversity and inclusion serve our communities well.”

    Now that it has passed both the House and the Senate, we call on President Trump to sign the final resolution before he leaves office. As we look towards the new year, the Sikh Coalition will continue to fight for equality of opportunity in all career fields while also 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.

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