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The Sikh Coalition Avaaz
October 15, 2022
  • Sikh Coalition, Sangat Leaders Join #UnitedWeStand White House Summit   

    On September 15, representatives from the Sikh Coalition and the Sikh community from across the nation joined allied organizations and other communities affected by hate violence for the Biden Administration’s #UnitedWeStand White House Summit in Washington, DC. Numerous sangat leaders participated in and were formally recognized during the Summit.

    The Sikh Coalition was proud to serve as a partner in planning this important convening, including by advocating for the inclusion of many communities, pushing for specific policy recommendations, and urging for the Summit to be held on the 15th to recognize Balbir Singh Sodhi and the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church. We continue to advocate for urgently needed federal policies with respect to combatting hate crimes, bias incidents, and white supremacist violence; learn more about this work and our involvement in the Summit here.
  • EEOC Sues Company that Refused Sikh Paramedic a Religious Accommodation

    On September 30, the EEOC announced a lawsuit against American Medical Response and its related companies--related, in part, to the wrongful termination of Mr. Ravinder Singh, a Sikh paramedic represented by the Sikh Coalition and Buckley Beal LLP. In November of 2020, Mr. Singh was dismissed from AMR after he requested and was denied personal protective equipment (PPE) that would accommodate his Sikh articles of faith, including his turban and beard.

    The Sikh Coalition first filed a discrimination complaint on Mr. Singh’s behalf with the EEOC in May of 2021. After an initial investigation, the EEOC found reasonable cause to conclude religious discrimination by AMR in Mr. Singh’s case and other similar cases across the nation. The EEOC offered to mediate the case in February of this year, but AMR declined the opportunity; the EEOC subsequently voted to file the lawsuit, in which the Sikh Coalition and Buckley Beal LLP will continue to intervene in support of our client. To learn more about the case, click here.
  • Take 15 Minutes to Fill Out a Sikh American Public Health Survey

    SALDEF is currently asking Sikh Americans to take a quick health survey that will help provide them with critical information that otherwise doesn't exist about the health and healthcare of Sikhs in the U.S. The survey is not currently IRB certified, but SALDEF confirms that the data will be used in a future publication. SALDEF exclusively owns the data, and also confirms that your submission will remain anonymous and confidential and will not be able to be traced back to the individual completing the form.

    The survey is open to those who identify as Sikh Americans over the age of 18 who live in the United States. If you're interested, please take 10-15 minutes to fill it out and share with friends and family before it's too late! 
  • Sikh Marine Recruits Continue Fighting for Equality of Opportunity

    On October 11, 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 (with support from the Sikh American Veterans Alliance) returned to court to argue in the case of three Sikh recruits who are fighting to join the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and serve with their articles of faith. Attorneys from the Sikh Coalition and our legal partners argued for a ‘motion for injunction pending appeal’ that would allow the three recruits to attend USMC boot camp with their turbans and beards before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

    We continue to believe that the Marine Corps is doing a disservice to both our clients and itself in denying basic rights that are recognized by other branches of our military and under U.S. law, and we expect a hearing on this appeal in the weeks ahead. The wider lawsuit will also continue to move forward in the months ahead, and the Sikh Coalition and our legal partners will provide further updates as this case continues to develop. Learn more about this workplace discrimination case here.
  • Are You #VoteReady?

    In advance of the midterm elections on Tuesday, November 8, the Sikh Coalition is working to ensure that all Sikh Americans make their voices heard by casting their ballots. Here’s how you can take action now to ensure you and your sangat are #VoteReady:

    Check your voter status, learn about voting deadlines, and more: The Sikh Coalition has launched a Civic Action Center where you can check your voter registration status, register to vote, and learn about the deadlines, candidates, mail-in and absentee ballots, and voting procedures specific to your area.
  • Sikh Coalition, Partner Organizations Engage the TSA to Fight Anti-Sikh Discrimination

    In the summer of 2020, the Sikh Coalition approached the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about the development of a new training given the longstanding pattern of Sikh travelers facing religious rights violations and discrimination in airport screening. We proceeded to work with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund and United Sikhs for months to create a new slide deck with audio narration. This new training was announced on September 9; available to TSA officers at 440 airports nationwide, the new deck discusses the Sikh articles of faith, the challenges Sikh travelers face at security screening areas, and best practices for respectful screening procedures.

    To learn more about the training, click here. Finally, please note that the Sikh organizations involved in the development of this training do not endorse existing TSA screening policies and procedures as they apply to Sikhs and other characteristics of a traveler’s identity.
  • Second Legal Conference Brings Experts to Discuss Civil Rights Challenges

    Last Friday, legal professionals and law students joined the conversation on the core civil rights issues facing Sikhs and other underrepresented groups during the Sikh Coalition’s second virtual legal conference, Realizing Justice For All. During the conference, we were excited to recognize the Stanford University Law School Religious Liberty Clinic as the recipient of the 2022 Pro Bono Sevadar of the Year award!

    Hosted in partnership with law firms Winston & Strawn, LLP and Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP, Realizing Justice For All brought together experts in civil rights for discussions on topics including: free speech in the age of disinformation and censorship, and what it means to hold social media platforms accountable; what Critical Race Theory is and what it isn’t; and the ongoing battle for voting rights. Click here to learn more.
  • Join Our Team

    Do you have a passion for civil rights? The Sikh Coalition is looking to hire a full-time position. The Director/Senior Director of Development and Operations will manage the fast-paced growth of the Sikh Coalition’s fundraising and operations. In this position, you 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 and apply; applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

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