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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White House Holds Third Briefing on Sikh Civil Rights

On June 13, 2014, jakaras were once again heard in the White House during a briefing on Sikh civil rights issues. This briefing, held for the third consecutive year, was organized in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and the White House Office of Public Engagement at the request of the Sikh Coalition.

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Kirpan Thrown to Ground Leads to Public Apology and Training of Santa Fe PD

On March 19, 2014, the Sikh Coalition conducted a Sikh Awareness presentation, for the first time, with the Santa Fe Police Department (SFPD) in New Mexico. The presentation was conducted after a kirpan-wearing Sikh was denied entry to the Zozobra Festival.

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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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Meet the New Sikh Coalition Advocates

For the fourth year in a row, the Sikh Coalition has successfully graduated a new class of professionally-trained community volunteers through the Sikh Advocate Academy, an intensive advocacy training program in our nation’s capital.

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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 community activism. A group of generous and committed donors have come together to offer $100,000 in small grants to 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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