Impact of AB1964

Two years ago, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1964, or the California Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA), into law which prohibits religion-based segregation in the workplace and strengthens the legal standard for religious accommodations. Here are stories of community members who benefited from the new law.

Part 1: Meet Deputy Sheriff Harinder Kaur Khalsa
Part 2:Police Cadet Amandeep Singh
Part 3: Correctional Officer Sukhvinder Singh Hundal

"Connecting with 1984" Small Grants Pool

The Sikh Coalition is encouraging people to apply for funds through the “Connecting with 1984” Small Grants Pool. This funding pool supports and encourages individuals and/or groups who would like to create and deliver educational programs and initiatives to raise awareness within the Sikh community about the events of 1984 and beyond

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Junior Sikh Coalition Launches Its Third Year

For the third year in a row, the Sikh Coalition successfully kicked off another year-long Junior Sikh Coalition (JSC) program in New York City. After completing a rigorous application process, 17 youth from Connecticut, New Jersey and New York joined the group, bringing the total to 31 youth members!

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Man Arrested for Anti-Sikh Hate Crime in New York City

After nearly three weeks of sustained Sikh community activism, the New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested 55-year-old Joseph Caleca for hitting, dragging, and seriously injuring Sandeep Singh with a truck in Queens late last month. While Sandeep continues to recover at home from his injuries, Caleca faces attempted murder and hate crime charges.

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Third "Sikh Women in Contemporary America" Panel at Camp Chardi Kala

On August 19, 2014, the Sikh Coalition hosted its third “Sikh Women in Contemporary America” panel at Camp Chardi Kala in New York to nearly 300 Sikh youth, counselors and parents. Inni Kaur, Manpreet K. Singh and Sapreet Kaur, shared their perspectives on various issues including Kaur identity, careers, leadership and community engagement. They offered valuable insight, inspiring many young Kaurs and Singhs in attendance for this special event.

(Video) Congressional Briefing on the Nov. 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms

 

October 9, 2014 (Washington, DC) – While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the White House last week, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. Congress made history by hosting the first-ever Congressional briefing on the November 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, which claimed the lives of several thousand Sikh civilians throughout India. According to eyewitnesses and Indian human rights activists, the killings were organized by government officials and facilitated by police officials. Thirty years later, India’s new government—like its predecessors—continues to deny justice to victims and survivors of the pogroms.

 

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