April 27, 2022 (Indianapolis, IN) – Throughout April, the Sikh Coalition continued to support the Indiana sangat.
Planting eight trees in Arsenal Park to honor those killed in the 2021 FedEx shooting
On Saturday, over one hundred volunteers from across Indianapolis joined Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the Eway Foundation, and the Sikh Coalition for the Great Indy Cleanup and Tree Planting at Arsenal Park. The Sikh Coalition sponsored eight trees that were planted in honor of the eight individuals killed in the 2021 FedEx shooting: Matthew R. Alexander, Samaria Blackwell, Amarjeet Kaur Johal, Jasvinder Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, Amarjit Sekhon, Karli Smith, and John “Steve” Weisert. We are grateful to the family members who were able to attend the event and take part in planting these eight trees. We are also inspired by the commitment of the Indianapolis sangat, who joined in cleaning up the park and planting more than a hundred trees. Click here
to view pictures from the event; click here
to watch news coverage in WTHR.
Clark-Pleasant Middle School commits to teaching about Sikhism
In response to the February 2022
assault of a Sikh high school senior at Whiteland Community High School (WCHS) and our ongoing engagement with officials in the school district, the Sikh Coalition is proud to share two new education updates that will have a lasting effect on raising Sikh awareness across the school district:
- Clark-Pleasant Middle School will host a training in Fall 2022 to educate administrators and staff about the Sikh faith, community, and traditions; and
- Clark-Pleasant Middle School will incorporate lesson plans about Sikhism at the 7th-grade level for students during the 2022-2023 school year.
This positive change at the district’s middle school level is a direct result of the Sikh Coalition’s engagement in response to the February incident involving our client, and follows our March 14
Sikh awareness training for 100+ administrators and staff at WCHS. Moving forward, we will continue to provide updates as we work with officials to address the broader issues of bias-based bullying within the school district.
Indiana marks April as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month
The state of Indiana celebrated April 2022 as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month. The Sikh Coalition was proud to work with sangat members on securing this proclamation as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that Sikh contributions are recognized at local and state levels. Click here
to learn more about this work.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.