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The Sikh Coalition News
December 26, 2020
  • [INVITE] 1/16/21 California Gurdwara Security Webinar

    December 26, 2020 – The Sikh Coalition would like to invite you to a virtual community forum, Protecting Our Gurdwaras and Sangats, on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM PST.

    At this forum, representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Department of Justice Community Relations Service (DOJ CRS), and the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) will discuss the importance of securing our community spaces and share the resources, tools, best practices and financial support that exist to help our sangats prevent and combat hate crimes and bias incidents in our houses of worship. RSVP is required; please sign up now and share with others in your sangat.

    WHO: Sikh Coalition staff will moderate a panel discussion with Christopher McKinney, FBI Supervisory Special Agent at the Sacramento Field Office; Harpreet Singh Mokha, National Program Manager for MASSAH communities with the DOJ CRS; and Renee Mota-Jackson, Chief of the Infrastructure Protection Grants Unit for CalOES.

    WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:45 PM PST

    WHERE: Virtual Community Forum: RSVP is required and space is limited, so sign up now.

    We welcome all interested sangat members to participate, and we encourage at least one person from your gurdwara’s leadership committee to attend.

    Data shows that the state of California has the highest number of anti-Sikh hate crime victimizations, and over the last few years, several California gurdwaras have been targeted for bias and discrimination. In 2019, the Hughson Gurdwara was broken into and an assault took place; in January 2020, the Gurdwara in Orangevale was defaced with hate symbols on the entrance sign. This meeting is an opportunity for us to understand that these are real threats facing the community--and to learn what resources are available for us to protect ourselves and community spaces. We look forward to your participation in this important conversation.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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