November was designated as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month by the California State Legislature. Assemblyman Daniel R. Logue introduced Resolution 181 to honor Sikhs and their contribution to California. Several Sikhs in California took advantage of this month, and created school "kits" which consisted of a letter to the teacher, educational videos and print materials about Sikhs. These kits were distributed at several Khalsa Schools in Fremont and San Jose. The Coalition also encouraged community members to do presentations on Sikhi in their child's school. The materials for these presentations were made available on the Sikh Coalition's website. The Coalition would like to thank Assemblyman Logue and the sevadaars who worked proactively to create a positive image of Sikhs in California.
As part of the University's International Education Week, the Sikh Coalition was invited to Kean University on November 16 to deliver a presentation on the Sikh faith. The week was a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that provided opportunities to emphasize understanding, friendship, and world peace and to celebrate the benefits of international education. The presentation consisted of a short video, discussion about Sikhism, and concluded with an active question and answer session.
Vice President Biden expressed his appreciation for America’s diversity and reaffirmed his commitment to honoring it. The Sikh Coalition recognizes the thoughtfulness and leadership of the Obama administration in celebrating this country’s diversity and including Sikhs. In 2009, President Obama was the first president to personally celebrate Diwali festivities in the White House.
The Best Lawyers Under 40 Awards recognize talented individuals in the Asian Pacific American legal community who are under the age of 40 and have achieved prominence and distinction in their respective fields while demonstrating a strong commitment to the community.
The Sikh Coalition is proud to announce that our very own Amardeep Singh has been honored by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). Amardeep is the National Director of Programs for the Sikh Coalition and has been part of the litigation team for several major cases including Simran Preet Lamba’s Army acceptance, and Lexus and AutoZone workplace discrimination claims.
This month, the White House celebrated the 541st birthday of the first guru of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The Sikh Coalition and members of the Sikh community attended the White House festivities.
"I feel very thankful that 541 years after the birth of Guru Nanak, the Sikh flag still flies high even here in the White House," said Amardeep Singh, Commissioner, White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. President Obama also recognized the great values of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji, in a recent statement.
A Sikh Coalition editorial on state discrimination against California Sikhs appeared last month in the Modesto Bee and Sacramento Bee. The purpose of the editorial was to highlight the case of Mr. Trilochan Singh Oberoi, whose right to work as a state correctional officer is being aggressively challenged by the California state attorney general.