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The Sikh Coalition News
July 27, 2022
  • Yesterday, We Called on Congress to Act--Now, It's Your Turn to [TAKE ACTION]

    July 27, 2022 (Washington, DC) -- In between now and the 10-year anniversary of the 2012 attack on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, the Sikh Coalition--in partnership with our allies at the Revolutionary Love Project and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)--encourage you to call on your elected officials in Congress and ask them to pass legislation that will make our communities safer.

    Take just two minutes and insert your information into this form to automatically send a message to your representative in the House and your two Senators. Together, we are asking Congress to pass:

    • The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act, which will create better federal standards for appropriate investigation of white nationalist and supremacist groups and implement several common sense processes to combat white supremacy--while not harming the racial and religious groups who often become unintentional targets of national security responses.
    • The Nonprofit Security Grant Program Improvement Act, which will make more resources readily available to gurdwaras, synagogues, mosques, churches, and other houses of worship that wish to invest in strengthening themselves against potential violent attack; and
    • The Justice for Victims of Hate Crimes Act, which will close a loophole in the law that currently prohibits the Department of Justice from prosecuting the majority of hate crimes in this country.

    When you’re done, be sure to share this call to action with your friends and family. Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike can call for these simple policy changes to better protect our communities from hate violence.

    The Sikh Coalition has partnered with the Revolutionary Love Project to launch RememberOakCreek.org, a learning hub designed to help Americans from all communities understand what happened 10 years ago and how we can take action to prevent further tragedies.

    Yesterday, the Sikh Coalition also held a congressional briefing where members of the Oak Creek, Charleston, and Pittsburgh communities--all of which have been targeted in violent acts of hate in the past decade--discussed these and other policy solutions with lawmakers and members of their staff. Featured speakers included Harpreet Singh Saini of Oak Creek, WI; Pastor Eric S. C. Manning of Charleston, SC; Rabbi Jeffrey Meyers of Pittsburgh, PA; Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL); Senator Gary Peters (D-MI); and Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). Watch the full briefing here.

    As a reminder, the Sikh Coalition, SALDEF, and the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee are supporting the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin as they host commemorative events from August 4 to August 7. These events are open to members of the public, and we encourage you to attend if you are in the area. And finally, we continue to support sangats across the nation as they pursue National Day of Seva projects to strengthen bonds within their own communities.

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

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