On June 6, the Sikh Coalition launched our latest resource, Accommodating Sikhs in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers
. This guide is a new online resource for public and private sector employers in the United States to learn about Sikhs, ensure that their employment decisions are legally-compliant, and welcome diverse talent to their teams. It provides background on the history of Sikhs living in the U.S., explains what the Sikh articles of faith are, and outlines existing U.S. legal protections for religious minority employees. Most importantly, it discusses and provides specific examples of how to achieve mutually acceptable solutions to the accommodation of Sikh religious practices in the workplace. Review the guide here
, and as always, reach out to our legal team
if you face discrimination in your workplace.
In response to recent attacks on Sikhs in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens, NY, the Sikh Coalition is recruiting sevadaars and allied organizations to join a Day of Action in the area on June 24. Participants will gather at the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society Inc. on 118 Street at 11 AM and divide into groups to canvas the area for four hours; our goal is to meet with up to 200 local business owners, distribute flyers and posters, and raise awareness about how to prevent and respond to hate crimes. Langar will be available afterwards. For more information--or to volunteer, if you are in the area--email email@example.com
On May 31, 12 advocacy, civil rights, community, legal, and faith-based organizations joined the Sikh Coalition to send a letter to Sutter County District Attorney Amanda Hopper urging her to take action by pressing charges against the aggressor who threatened, berated, and endangered the life of Mr. Rouble Paul Claire, a Sikh member of the Sutter community, in May of 2021.
You can read more about Mr. Claire’s fight for justice here. More than 210 community members and allies have taken action by sending a message to DA Hopper asking her to move this case forward. The Sikh Coalition remains engaged with Mr. Claire as he considers his path forward, including his ongoing civil suit.
On May 16, Sikh Coalition Senior Education Manager Harman Singh participated in a panel entitled "A Dialogue Across Lines of Religious Difference" at Trevor Day School in New York. The panel, presented to Middle and Upper School students, included religious leaders like Clarence B. Jones, the former speech writer and personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Then, on May 18, Harman was joined by a Sikh Coalition volunteer to hold four presentations for Pre K - 5th grade students in the Lower School on the Sikh faith and traditions. In total, these efforts reached more than 750 students. If you are a parent or teacher interested in having the Sikh Coalition speak to your children’s classroom, email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
On June 2, Sikh Coalition Executive Director Anisha Singh joined representatives from the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund and Proteus Fund for a virtual conversation on Sikh Civics: Philanthropy’s Role in Building A Multiracial Society. At the event, Anisha co-presented on what the philanthropic space can learn from the Sikh American community’s resilience, efforts to build community power, and allyship with other marginalized communities. We are grateful to our fellow presenters, as well as our hosts from Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Proteus Fund, and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), for this opportunity.
In June, the Sikh Coalition joined Sikhs around the world in commemorating Operation Blue Star: A coordinated assault on Darbar Sahib, popularly known as the Golden Temple, and dozens of other gurdwaras throughout Punjab. In addition to claiming thousands of Sikh lives, Operation Blue Star was the beginning of a years-long campaign of targeted killings, mass mob violence, disappearances, and general repression of Sikhs by the Indian state. As we continue the fight against bigotry and nationalism at home and abroad, review resources about June 1984 here
The Sikh Coalition’s full library of legal, classroom, and community resources are available on our website, but did you know you can also request printed resources? Whether you need know-your-rights reminders for specific professions like taxi drivers
, language-accessible information about hate crimes
to hang in your gurdwara, or ‘Who are the Sikhs?’ brochures
to educate others, our team is ready to help. Please fill out this form
on our website to request printed resources, and email email@example.com
if you have questions.
On May 14, the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) opened its application cycle for fiscal year 2022. The NSGP provides funding support for physical security enhancements, trainings, and other line items to nonprofit organizations—including houses of worship like gurdwaras—to help them prevent, prepare for, protect against, and respond to terrorist attacks. The deadline for your gurdwara to apply for NSGP funding depends on the state where you live, but all applications must ultimately be submitted through your state to FEMA by June 13, 2022. Learn more about the program here
, as well as the Sikh Coalition’s work in gurdwara security (including our free security toolkit