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The Sikh Coalition News
July 16, 2022
  • [Tri-State Area Event] A Conversation with Simran Jeet Singh, Ravi Bhalla, and Sapreet Kaur

    July 16, 2022 (Hoboken, NJ) -- On Saturday, July 23, sangat members in the tri-state area are invited to join Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and longtime Sikh Coalition Fellow Simran Jeet Singh for a discussion hosted by New York Cares Executive Director Sapreet Kaur. The conversation will cover the challenges Sikhs face in the United States, the work required to build a future where Sikhs are able to practice their faith fearlessly, and Simran Jeet’s new book The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform Your Life.

    The in-person conversation will be held at Little City Books (100 Bloomfield St in Hoboken, NJ 07030) at 4:00 PM EDT. The event is totally free to the public, but the space is small--so get there early to be guaranteed a seat!

    Part memoir, part spiritual journey, The Light We Give lays out how we can learn to integrate ethical living to achieve personal happiness and a happier life. As a boy growing up in South Texas, Simran Jeet and his brothers confronted racism daily: at school, in their neighborhood, playing sports, and later in college and beyond--challenges familiar to Sikhs across the country. Despite the prejudice and hate he faced, he refused to give in to negativity and instead delved deep into the Sikh teachings that he grew up with and embraced the lessons to seek the good in every person and situation and to find positive ways to direct his energy. The Light We Give unpacks these lessons for a broad audience committed to making positive change in today’s world.

    Sapreet Kaur served as the Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition from 2009 until 2017 and now leads New York Cares, the largest volunteer network in NYC. Ravi Bhalla has served as the Mayor of Hoboken since 2017, and is the first elected Sikh mayor who wears a turban in the United States. And Simran Jeet is an educator, writer, activist, and scholar who has served as a Fellow with the Sikh Coalition for nearly 10 years and currently serves as Executive Director of the Religion & Society Program at the Aspen Institute.

    “I’m honored to be a part of this important discussion about the challenges Sikhs in America face and some pathways for us to address them,” said Simran. “Having such a space for us to come together is one step forward in ensuring that our voices and experiences are heard, considered, and disseminated in creating a future that is more compassionate and inclusive for all of us.”

    For more information about the event, please contact Shailyn Tavella at stavella@penguinrandomhouse.com.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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