June 28, 2022 (New York, NY) – This past Friday, June 24, the Sikh Coalition joined with partner organizations for a Day of Action to spread awareness on how to combat and prevent hate in Richmond Hill, Queens.
With the support of more than 17 partner organizations from different communities, more than 35 volunteers spent 11 AM to 3 PM ET going door to door to about 180 small businesses to distribute flyers, posters, and personal safety equipment. The resources we distributed
explain the legal and community help that is available for those who experience hate, and offer tips on staying safe. Afterward, all the sevadaars and partners came together for a langar.
“In light of the recent string of attacks against Sikhs in Richmond Hill, we felt it was vital for us to spread awareness and share with community members that they have access to help whenever needed,” said Sikh Coalition Community Development Manager Sahej Preet Singh. “We are so grateful to all the sevadaars and partners who came out with us for an important day of action; by raising our diverse voices as one, we will continue to stand together against hate in Queens and across the country.”
The Sikh Coalition is grateful to The Sikh Cultural Society Inc., Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center, Chhaya CDC, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, Caribbean Equality Project, Queens Business Association, South Queens Women March, Saadhna, Soar Over Hate, Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, Asian American Federation, AANY, Nonviolent Peaceforce, the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, Queens Economic Development Corporation, Apicha Community Health Center, and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs for partnering with us. Together, our organizations will continue building awareness about what we can provide for the diverse community in Richmond Hill and our shared efforts to prevent and combat hate.
“We were honored to join the Sikh Coalition in Richmond Hill and meet community members where they live with the resources they need,” said the Co-President of Soar Over Hate Kenji Jones. “In times like these, it is important for different communities to come together to show solidarity in the fight against hate, discrimination, and bias. None of us should feel like we have to be on our own in the face of bigotry.”
Given the series of attacks against Sikhs in Queens earlier this year
, it is important to remind the members of all of our communities that legal help and community support is available–and that no community is deserving of, or responsible for, hate crimes. As always, if you or someone you know experiences a hate crime, contact our legal team
for free, expert aid.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.