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Dear Supporter Ji,

My name is Rana Singh Sodhi. You may recognize my name because my brother Balbir Singh Sodhi was the first person killed in a hate crime after 9/11.

You may also remember that on September 15 of last year, the Sikh Coalition joined me, my family, and the Arizona sangat for a beautiful commemoration of my brother’s life and legacy. Together, we remembered the love he embodied--while also honoring all those who have been lost to hate since 2001. After that wonderful event, I asked you to join me in supporting the Sikh Coalition’s important work.

This year, I was once again with the Sikh Coalition--and surrounded by community and love--on the anniversary of my brother’s murder. But this time, it was at President Biden’s ‘United We Stand’ Summit at the White House in Washington, DC.

In April of this year, the Biden Administration began working with the Sikh Coalition and other civil rights groups on a summit focused on combating the kind of hate violence that killed my brother. From the beginning, the Sikh Coalition urged them to enact specific policy reforms, include people from across religious and racial boundaries, and hold the summit on the anniversary of my brother’s murder.

They succeeded in those things--but also in making sure that Sikh experiences were a core part of the summit. At the White House, I was joined by sangat members from across the country, where we took part in interfaith prayers, panel discussions, and more. The President even mentioned my brother and me by name in his speech, and he shook my hand afterwards.

Twenty one years ago, when I lost my brother, many Americans barely knew who Sikhs were. Now, thanks to the work of the Sikh Coalition and the continued investment of sevadaars like you, our stories were considered essential in a real conversation about stopping hate violence at the White House. I hope you will once again join me in helping the Sikh Coalition reach their end-of-year fundraising goal so that they can continue to make our voices heard. While we have a long way to go before we are free from the threat of hate, I am thankful that we can keep doing this work together.

Chardi Kala,

Rana Singh Sodhi

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