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The Sikh Coalition News
August 10, 2021
  • UPDATED: New Civil Rights Policy Priorities for 2021

    August 10, 2021 (Washington, DC) -- Today, the Sikh Coalition is unveiling the second edition of our flagship policy guide: Combating Bias, Bigotry, and Backlash: Sikh American Civil Rights Policy Priorities.

    On the heels of significant policy victories this year--including the passage of the Heather Heyer-Khalid Jabara NO HATE Act within the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and collaboration with the Biden-Harris Administration on other key issues--Policy Priorities has been updated to include new policy goals. In addition to still detailing specific recommendations around core areas of our work like hate crimes, workplace discrimination, safe and inclusive classrooms, and immigration policy, Policy Priorities now includes more information about modeling and furthering diversity and inclusion in government, countering white nationalism, and reforming policing and profiling structures for the safety of all minority groups.

    “Last year, we unveiled our first-of-its-kind policy document to give the Sikh American community a voice on the civil rights issues affecting the 2020 election,” said Sim J. Singh, Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy. “We are heartened to see federal policymakers acting on this guidance, including the White House. This year’s updates to Policy Priorities reflect key victories and identify new challenges that require further engagement with elected lawmakers and appointed officials across the federal government and state governments.”

    For more information about the wide range of issues covered in this new version of Policy Priorities, including specific recommendations you can make of your elected officials, check out our Instagram this week; new short videos feature explainers about the hate crimes, safe and inclusive schools, and TSA profiling recommendations in Policy Priorities, as well as an overview of some of the policy progress we’ve seen in the past year.

    “Advocacy can be done by anyone who is willing to make their voice heard,” added Nikki Singh, Sikh Coalition Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy. “Policy Priorities contains a wide range of specific recommendations that you can take to leaders at the local, state, or national levels, and we encourage you to build relationships with those who represent you so that Sikh Americans’ needs are taken seriously in the halls of power.”

    In 2020, the Sikh Coalition used Policy Priorities to engage presidential campaigns and members of Congress; we continue outreach at the federal and state levels with this new edition. We recognize that the Sikh American community is affected by a wide range of issues–from the economy and healthcare to foreign policy and social justice--and we continue to use this document specifically to effectively advocate on the issues that our legal and policy teams work on every day. Just last week, our Executive Director Satjeet Kaur was one of a few AAPI civil rights leaders to join President Biden and Vice President Harris at a White House round table, where she spoke about further necessary steps to combat and prevent hate.

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

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