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The Sikh Coalition News
July 26, 2022
  • [LAST CALL] Join Today’s Capitol Hill Briefing with Oak Creek, Charleston, and Pittsburgh Community Members

    July 26, 2022 (Washington, DC) — In just two hours, the Sikh Coalition will convene high-profile leaders from communities harmed by hate violence—the Sikh community of Oak Creek, WI; the Black community in Charleston, SC; and the Jewish community in Pittsburgh, PA—for a virtual congressional briefing. Elected officials, including Representative Grace Meng (D-NY), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), and Chair Dick Durbin (D-IL) of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, are expected to join the briefing, and Sikh Coalition Executive Director Anisha Singh will deliver opening remarks.

    Please note that you must sign up to attend this event! Register here to receive a link to Honoring Oak Creek, Charleston, and Pittsburgh Through Action: A Virtual Congressional Briefing at 1 PM EST today. During the briefing, panelists will participate in a moderated conversation, and elected officials and their staff will be able to ask questions.

    “Congressional briefings like this one present an opportunity for elected officials in Congress and members of their staff to hear from those who have been directly affected by hate violence,” said Sim J. Singh Attariwala, Sikh Coalition Senior Policy & Advocacy Manager. “Our panelists will discuss what they think our federal government should have learned from these horrific tragedies, what their communities are doing to make themselves safer, and what the federal government can do to prevent further attacks.”

    As a reminder, our speakers will include Harpreet Singh Saini, the son of Paramjit Kaur, who was one of 7 Sikhs killed in the August 5, 2012, shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, WI; Pastor Eric S. C. Manning, the Senior Pastor of the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where nine persons were shot to death on June 17, 2015; and Rabbi Jeffrey Meyers, the Rabbi and Cantor for Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, which was targeted in a shooting on October 27, 2018, that killed 11 worshippers.

    After the briefing, you can join our three panelists in engaging Congress to push for proactive change. Use our free advocacy platform to join the Sikh Coalition, the Revolutionary Love Project, and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) in sending a pre-written email to your elected officials demanding action on three key pieces of legislation. Additionally, you can learn more about how the Sikh Coalition, SALDEF, and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee are supporting the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin as they host commemorative events over the weekend of August 5. And finally, find a National Day of Seva event near you with our interactive map of participating sangats across the country.

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

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