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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"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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Remembering Oak Creek through Seva

Inspired by the Oak Creek community, Sikh communities nationwide partnered with the Sikh Coalition for a National Day of Seva (Selfless Service) to pay tribute to the Oak Creek community.

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5th Annual NYC Bowl-a-thon on September 7, 2014

Time is ticking, but you can still secure your spot as a cheerleader. Register today to support your kids, grandkids, relatives, and your sangat by joining the fun.

4th Annual '5K for the 5Ks on September 20, 2014

On Saturday, September 20, 2014 the Sikh Coalition will be hosting its Fourth Annual 5K for the 5Ks in Baylands Park and we would like to invite you to join the fun!

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Sikhs Launch Viral Videos to Call
‘Foul’ on FIBA Turban Ban

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

 

August 29, 2014 (Washington, DC) – On the eve of the FIBA World Cup, the Sikh Coalition has launched a viral video campaign to overturn the basketball federation’s high-profile ban on religious headcoverings. Basketball fans have already started posting videos of themselves shooting hoops—often while wearing turbans—and nominating friends to #CallFoulonFIBA.

WATCH: Viral Videos Protesting FIBA Turban Ban

Gurjote Singh calls foul on FIBATegbir Singh calls foul on FIBAHarleen Kaur calls foul on FIBASahebjit Singh calls foul on FIBA


Since July, FIBA officials have forced three Sikh athletes to stop wearing their turbans at matches in Japan and Qatar. Although the issue was expected to be resolved earlier this week at a meeting of FIBA’s Central Board, policymakers at the meeting decided to delay their decision without setting a timetable, leaving Sikh, Muslim, and Jewish basketball players throughout the world vulnerable to discrimination.

FIBA’s decision to leave Sikh athletes in limbo drew sharp condemnation yesterday from New York Congressman Joseph Crowley and California Congressman Ami Bera, who called the turban ban "outdated, discriminatory, and totally inconsistent with the ideals of team sports." Twenty-one Members of Congress previously sent a letter to FIBA to protest the turban ban, noting that the NCAA allowed a Sikh American athlete, Darsh Preet Singh, to wear a turban in accordance with his faith while playing college basketball for Trinity University in Texas.

“We are shocked by FIBA’s insensitivity but encouraged that our community is fighting back,” said Sapreet Kaur, Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition. “As Sikh Americans, we consider Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson to be our role models, and we want to continue their legacy by ending discrimination once and for all in competitive sports.”

 

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