Sikh Americans Remember Oak Creek by Rallying for Justice

Exactly two years after a racist gunman took six lives and injured many others at a Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, New Yorkers of diverse backgrounds—led by the Sikh community—rallied in support of Sandeep Singh, a Sikh American father who was run over by a truck last week moments after the driver called him a “terrorist” and told him to “go back to your country.”

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Sikh Coalition Files FOIA Request for NSA and FBI ‘Raghead’ Documents

Responding to reports that NSA and FBI officials may have used the ethnic slur “raghead” in surveillance programs targeting American Muslims, the Sikh Coalition today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with both agencies demanding production of all employee emails since September 11, 2001 that contain the anti-Sikh epithets “raghead” and “towelhead.”

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[Take Action] Sports Should Bring People Together, Not Drive Them Apart

New York Congressman Joseph Crowley and California Congressman Ami Bera are circulating a new letter in the U.S. Congress to protest the decision of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to ban Sikh turbans. The new letter draws inspiration from the #LetSikhsPlay campaign.
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"Connecting with 1984" Small Grants Pool

The Sikh Coalition is announcing the "Connecting with 1984" Small Grants Pool to support and encourage 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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Second "Sikh Women in Contemporary America" Panel

On June 7, 2014, the Sikh Coalition hosted its second panel in the “Sikh Women in Contemporary America” series. Manmeet Kaur, Jasmeet K. Ahuja, and Dr. Prem Singh shared their perspectives on various issues including the Kaur identity.

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FIBA Kicks the Can on Religious Rights for Sikh Basketball Players

For Immediate Release
Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy, rajdeep@sikhcoalition.org | (202) 747-4944

 

August 28, 2014 (Washington, DC) – The Sikh Coalition today expressed disappointment at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for delaying a highly anticipated decision on whether Sikh athletes can wear turbans.

According to a press release issued late yesterday by FIBA:


"On the subject of a review of the basketball rules regarding headgear, because of the importance of the matter, the Central Board decided that it requires further analysis before a final decision is made. Both the Technical and Legal Commissions shall study and present options to the Central Board."

 

Responding to worldwide criticism for forcing two Sikh athletes to stop wearing their turbans at a match in Japan, FIBA released a statement in July promising to address the issue at its August 27th Central Board meeting. In the run-up to yesterday’s meeting, however, a third Sikh athlete was forced to remove his turban at a match in Qatar.

Earlier this month, 21 members of the U.S. Congress sent a letter to FIBA calling for an end to the turban ban. Noting that the American NCAA allowed a Sikh athlete, Darsh Preet Singh, to wear a turban in accordance with his religion while playing college basketball for Trinity University, the Congressional letter labeled the turban ban “discriminatory” and asked FIBA’s Central Board to “carefully re-examine the existing policy with respect to Sikh turbans and support a change.”

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” said Sapreet Kaur, Executive Director for the Sikh Coalition. “For many decades, Sikh athletes have participated in competitive sports throughout the world, including NCAA basketball, while wearing their turbans. We are disappointed that FIBA has once again failed to use common sense, and we call on FIBA to stop discriminating against religious minorities.”

 

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