June 15, 2022 (Washington, DC) -- On June 25, from 12 to 3 PM ET, thousands of people will be joining the first ever Unity March
in person in Washington, DC, and virtually. The Sikh Coalition is proud to serve as a partner for the event and looks forward to having members of our staff in attendance.
The Unity March aims to bring advocates and allies to DC in an Asian American multicultural event to advance socioeconomic and cultural equity, racial justice, and solidarity. There will be a full day of programming, with speeches by impacted persons and community leaders, including award-winning producer and trans rights advocate Geena Rocero, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, and R&B/Pop artist Thuy. You can register to attend the march here
and learn more about the history of the march (and the organizing groups) here
Unity March organizers are chartering buses from various metro areas on the East Coast to make it easier for people to attend. Organizers are currently trying to determine the number of buses to secure, specifically from New York City, NY; New Jersey; Philadelphia, PA; and Raleigh/Durham, NC. Please sign up at https://apia.vote/UnityMarchBusLeads
if you live in one of these areas and are interested in helping to coordinate transportation services. Buses will leave early in the morning on June 25 and arrive in Washington, DC, by 11:30 AM, and will leave late afternoon that same evening.
The march is timely given that 2022 is a significant year of anniversaries. This year we observe the 40th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin
, the 10th anniversary of the Oak Creek massacre
, the 30th anniversary of the LA Uprising/“Saigu,”
as well as the one-year mark since the deadly mass shootings in both Atlanta
. Asian American communities, along with other communities of color, continue to grapple with violence and harassment. An event like this shows the collective power and influence we can have in ensuring our voices, stories, and rights are heard as organizers and speakers focus on issues including participation in democracy, racial and economic justice, and cultural equity and media representation.
As a partner of the Unity March, the Sikh Coalition looks forward to amplifying this diverse range of voices via our social media channels later this month. Sikh Coalition staff will also be in attendance at the march itself to stand in solidarity and support with organizers and allies.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.