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Dear Supporter Ji,

I wanted to make sure you saw our note on social media yesterday regarding last month’s vandalism and robbery of Khalsa Gurmat Center in Federal Way. Earlier this week, the FBI shared with the Sikh Coalition that they have enhanced two images of the potential suspect from the original video surveillance. The FBI sent these images to the Federal Way Police Department to distribute as they continue their search for a suspect.

We are hopeful that the updated images will help in the search for the suspect, and that we can in turn learn why he committed these terrible acts. To aid in this effort, the Sikh Coalition has distributed the photos to local media who covered the initial incident. We of course remain in contact with leaders at Khalsa Gurmat Center about the investigation, and we’ll continue to share updates as needed.

I would also like to invite you to join us on Saturday, October 30, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PDT for an extremely well-timed virtual community forum on protecting our gurdwaras in the state of Washington. You can RSVP to the event here, and learn more about the series of virtual community forums here.

During this session, U.S. government representatives will provide critical information on the funding process for federal and state grants, and gurdwara leaders will speak about their experiences on how they procured funding and took additional steps to secure their local sangats. Our speakers will include Jonathan Richeson, Protective Security Advisor, Region X of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Harpreet Singh Mokha, National Program Manager for Muslim, Arab, Sikh, South Asian and Hindu Communities of the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service; Simrit Singh Kamboe, Security Team Lead of Sikh Gurdwara of San Jose; and Gurmit Singh Kaleka, Committee member of Sikh Temple (Gurdwara) of Fox Valley.

We hope you and other members of your sangat can join us to learn about resources, tools, best practices, and financial support that exist at the federal and state level that can help prevent and combat hate crimes and bias incidents in our houses of worship. Please email me at community@sikhcoalition.org if you have any questions.

Chardi Kala,

Sahej Preet Singh
Community Development Manager
The Sikh Coalition

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