December 9, 2020 (New York, NY) -- Last weekend, more than 80 passionate community members joined the conversation on social justice, activism, and allyship during the Sikh Coalition’s Social Justice Virtual Summit.
Through the summit, participants learned from leaders, activists, and national experts on a myriad of racial and social justice issues, and how this rising generation of Sikh leaders can build allyship with other communities.
“As a teacher, I try my best to incorporate Indigenous knowledge, wisdom, and history to provide my students an understanding of how best to take care of our land and Earth by implementing Indigenous values of stewardship,” said Bay-Area community member Maninder Kaur. “I am grateful to the Sikh Coalition for providing this space to have necessary conversations to disrupt structures that are actively working to harm communities, especially those that we don’t immediately identify with--including Indigenous peoples.”
The intensive weekend summit also featured workshops that examined voter suppression, structural racism in a COVID-19 world, lessons for movement building from the LGBTQ+ community, and sessions that explored how Sikhi impacts activism and allyship. To review the full lineup from the weekend, click here
A special thank you to the speakers who shared their time and expertise with us over the weekend! These speakers include: Rubin Paul Singh, Donald M. Ragona (Matinecock/Lakota) and Dallin Maybee (Northern Arapaho/Seneca) of the Native American Rights Fund, Raúl Macías, Rebekah Fenton, MD, Rev. Dr. Justin Sabia-Tanis, and Harleen Kaur, Sociology PhD Candidate at UCLA.
This two-day summit joins the success of our Summer Series and Kid’s Corner programs that brought together thousands of people into a virtual space earlier this year. As we continue to face unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sikh Coalition will continue to invest in virtual programming that helps build community power.
As always the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.