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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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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