Media InquriesPrimary Press Contact: Jagmeet Singh
Media & Communications Manager, the Sikh Coalition
Secondary Press Contact: Mark Reading-Smith
Media & Communications Director, the Sikh Coalition
New Reporting Tool Launched To Combat Spike in Bigoted Backlash
For Immediate Release
February 2, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Exactly two months after the tragic shooting in San Bernardino, California, the Sikh Coalition has launched Report Hate, a new online tool for Sikh community members to report incidents of harassment, discrimination and hate violence. The new reporting resource was developed to make it easier for Sikhs to report incidents, even if they are not legally actionable or a crime.
“America belongs to all of us,” said the Sikh Coalition’s Law and Policy Director, Arjun Singh. “Data helps drive change and victims of bigotry and hate violence should document and report their mistreatment through this new tool.”
The Sikh Coalition intends to use this information to better identify the types of bigotry Sikh Americans face as well as the geographic areas where Sikh Americans are acutely vulnerable. The data also enables us to better target our outreach efforts to law enforcement, educators, community leaders and lawmakers at the local, state and federal levels.
Sikh Americans, who have been an integral part of the American fabric for 125 years, practice the fifth largest religion in the world. The Sikh articles of faith, including the beard and turban, represent equality and justice for all. In the past two months, the number of legal intakes the Sikh Coalition has processed has increased three fold as compared to recent years.
“The Sikh articles of faith are easy targets for the bigoted and hateful ,” said Arjun Singh. “We are committed to combating this problem, especially when hate violence and hateful rhetoric are on the rise.”
Last month, Parminder Singh, a turbaned and bearded Sikh, was driving across the country with his family when he stopped at a truck stop near Knoxville, Tennessee. In the parking lot, another truck driver angrily shouted, "Why did you come here? Go back to where you came from!" Mr. Singh called the police and contacted the Sikh Coalition. "This type of incident is something many Sikh American families in the United States have experienced at some point over the past 15 years," said Mr. Singh. "However, these verbal attacks almost never get reported. The new Report Hate resource now allows this incident to become an important data point that highlights the much bigger problem of hate in America."
The Sikh Coalition has represented hate crime clients throughout the United States for the past 15 years and is currently representing multiple clients in cases that have happened since the San Bernardino attacks. For all media inquiries, please contact Jagmeet Singh or Mark Reading-Smith. Jagmeet or Mark can promptly connect you with Sikh Coalition experts for interviews.
Recent Press Releases Issued:
- (January 13, 2016) LA Sikh Bus Driver Assaulted and Called “Terrorist”
- (December 14, 2015) Landmark Sikh Military Accommodation Reinforces Need To End Discriminatory Ban
- (December 8, 2015) Orange County House of Worship Vandalized With ISIS Hate Language
- (October 22, 2015) From Oak Creek To Chapel Hill: Hate Crime Tragedies Shared With Congress
- (September 15 2015) Sikhs Applaud New Hate Crime Charge, Proceed With Chicago Press Conference Today
- (September 14, 2015) Sikh Hate Crime Press Conference: Tuesday at 11am CST
- (September 11, 2015) Sikhs Demand Federal Hate Crime Prosecution After DuPage Prosecutor Fails
- (September 9, 2015) Chicago Sikh American Assaulted in Hate Crime Last Night
- (June 18, 2015) Sikh Americans Mourn in Wake of Charleston Tragedy Prompted by Hate
- (June 15, 2015) New Court Ruling Progress For Ending Religious Discrimination in Military
- (April 1, 2015) Sikhs Demand LGBT Fix, But No Nix To RFRA Law
- (March 25, 2015) Sikhs Finally Represented in FBI Hate Crime Tracking Program
- (January 29, 2015) New Case Highlights Pentagon’s Failure To Resolve Religious Discrimination
- (December 8, 2014) Sikh Coalition Rejects Flawed and Misleading DOJ Racial Profiling Guidance
- (December 6, 2014) Reports on New Racial Profiling Guidance Shocking to Sikh Community
- (November 19, 2014) HASC Hearing on Religious Accommodations Fails to Address Sikh Loophole
- (August 29, 2014) Sikhs Launch Viral Video to Call 'Foul' on FIBA Turban Ban
- (August 14, 2014) Sikh Hate Crime Targets Demand Action from NYC Government: Recent Hate Attacks Linked to Government Inaction and NYPD Discrimination
- (August 12, 2014) Sikh Hate Crime Targets Demand Action from NYC Government
- (August 8, 2014) Another NYC Sikh Injured in Hate Attack: 2nd Attack in 2 Weeks; Sikh Coalition Urges Witnesses to Step Forward
- (August 5, 2014) Rally This Morning: Sikh Father Hit by Truck, Dragged 30 Feet in Hate Crime
- (August 4, 2014) Press Conference: NYC Sikh Father Hit by Truck, Dragged 30 Feet in Possible Hate Crime
- (July 17, 2014)Sikh Coalition Files FOIA Request for NSA and FBI ‘Raghead’ Documents
- (April 2, 2014) Interfaith Coalition to Pentagon: New Religion Guidelines Still Discriminate
- (March 13, 2014) Groundbreaking National Report on Severe Bullying of Sikh American School Children Released Today in US Congress
- (March 10, 2014) 105 Members of Congress Urge Defense Secretary to End Sikh Service Ban
- (January 29, 2014) Sikhs Press Pentagon to Improve New Religious Accommodation Guidelines
- (January 22, 2014) Sikh Coalition Responds to Amended DOD Religious Guidelines
- (September 21, 2013) "Get Osama" Yelled in Attack on Sikh Columbia University Professor, Victim to Speak at Press Conference
- (May 31, 2013) Decorated Sikh Soldier Presses For End to Ban on Sikh Military Service
- (August 5, 2012) Sikh Coalition Responds To Tragic Shooting in Wisconsinn
- (August 6, 2012) Second Press Release Issued After the Shooting in Wisconsin
- (August 6, 2012) Third Press Release Issued After the Shooting in Wisconsin
- (August 7, 2012) Fourth Press Release Issued After the Shooting in Wisconsin
- (August 7, 2012) Fifth Press Release Issued After the Shooting in Wisconsin
- (August 8, 2012) Sixth Press Release Issued After the Shooting in Wisconsin
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The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization that works towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people. In particular, we work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith while fostering strong relations with their local community wherever they may be.
We pursue our mission by:
- Providing direct legal services to persons whose civil or human rights are violated;
- Advocating for law and policies that are respectful of fundamental rights;
- Promoting appreciation for diversity through education; and
- Fostering civic engagement in order to promote local community empowerment
With a full-time staff of 10 and offices in New York City, Fremont, CA and Washington D.C., we are the most-staffed Sikh organization in the history of the United States.
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