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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
July 9, 2022
  • Do you have a passion for civil rights? The Sikh Coalition is looking to hire for two full-time remote positions!

    The Director/Senior Director of Development and Operations will manage and scale the fast-paced growth of the Sikh Coalition’s fundraising and operations. As an integral member of our team, this position will be responsible for managing and growing the organization’s annual budget of $2.4+ million, driving our fundraising strategy and execution, and strengthening the organization’s operational infrastructure and management practices. Click here to learn more; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

    The Education Manager will play a key role in supporting our education campaigns and content development. This position will also provide direct guidance and support on analysis, strategy, and priorities in relation to our education policy work. Click here to learn more and apply by July 22.
  • On June 10, the Sikh Coalition joined more than 100 teachers and administrators at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) for an interactive working session on essential religious literacy (including how to recognize Sikh and other articles of faith) and what teachers can do in cases of religious-based bullying. Moving forward, this training will be held on an annual basis; it also includes a plan for broader cultural change at the school by enlisting student council leadership and the diversity club for peer-to-peer engagement. Click here to learn more, including how parents can take action if they believe their child is suffering verbal or physical harassment at school.
  • The Sikh Coalition is excited to host our virtual legal conference, Realizing Justice For All, for a second consecutive year. This year’s conference will be held on September 30, 2022. Hosted in partnership with law firms Winston & Strawn LLP and Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP, this conference offers an opportunity for lawyers and law students to gain CLE accreditation while learning about the core civil rights issues facing Sikhs and other minority groups in the United States. Lawyers and law students can visit the official conference registration website to learn more about topics, speakers, and ticket information. If you know an attorney or law student who should attend on September 30, please forward them this information. We hope to see you there!
  • This August, the Sikh community will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the August 5, 2012, shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Here are four ways that you can take action to mark this important anniversary:

    1. Organize a Day of Seva project in your community. Ask your sangat and non-Sikh neighbors alike to take part in seva and celebrate the resilience of the Sikh community. Click here for details on how to organize a seva event.
    2. Lead a Night of Vigil at your local gurdwara. Invite elected officials, interfaith partners, allies, and neighbors to attend, speak, pray, and stand with Sikhs in solidarity against hate and violence.
    3. Support policy asks by joining an upcoming virtual congressional briefing that will discuss challenges for minority communities who are caught between the crosshairs of white supremacist violence. More information about the briefing, including how to join, will be shared in the coming weeks--along with ways to contact your elected officials and ask them to take action on critical pieces of legislation.
    4. If you live near Wisconsin, join the Oak Creek sangat for their commemorative events during the August 5 weekend, including a vigil that will take place at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Click here for more information about the commemorative weekend.

    If you have any questions about these opportunities, please email our team at community@sikhcoalition.org.
  • On June 28, attorneys from the Sikh Coalition, our pro bono co-counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP, and our litigation partners at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and BakerHostetler, representing Sikh American Veterans Alliance, argued for the religious rights of three Sikh U.S. Marine recruits in court.

    The hearing, which took place before U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard J. Leon, is a result of our historic lawsuit filed on April 11 in order to ensure equality of opportunity for Sikhs in the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC). During the hearing, our legal team focused on the strong record of Sikh military service in the United States thanks to accommodations and policy change in the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, as well as the guarantees of both religious freedom and equality of opportunity afforded by the Constitution and a wide range of laws and court cases. Our attorneys also discussed the USMC’s willingness to modify its uniform and grooming policies for reasons other than religious exemptions. We expect Judge Leon to issue a ruling on this case in the next few months, and will continue to provide updates as events warrant.
  • On 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 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 compiled information on the legal and community help that are available for those who experience hate, and offer tips on staying safe. Afterward, our team of sevadaars and partners came together for a langar. Given the series of attacks against Sikhs in Richmond Hill earlier this year, it is important to share with 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.
  • On June 25, Sikh Coalition staff from NY and DC joined thousands of people at the first ever Unity March in person in Washington, DC, and virtually. The Sikh Coalition was proud to serve as a partner for this historic event. The Unity March brought advocates and allies to DC in an Asian American multicultural event to advance socioeconomic and cultural equity, racial justice, and solidarity. There were speeches by survivors of hate violence and community leaders. Sikh voices and stories were also represented during the program, including those of Pardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed in the 2012 Oak Creek gurdwara shooting; JJ Kapur, a young champion orator; Tarina Ahuja, a college activist who founded Young Khalsa Girls; and Komal Chohan, whose grandmother was killed in last year’s Indianapolis mass shooting at the FedEx ground facility. The Sikh Coalition looks forward to additional joint advocacy activities as we continue our shared fight for civil rights.

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