Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
The Sikh Coalition congratulates the community and humanity on the day of Guru Nanak's birthday!
Tonight, this weekend, many of us will go to Gurudwara, the home of our Guru and our Sangat. We will bow before Guru. We will enjoy the company of our Sangat. We will likely hear Katha about the Guru's life.
This occasion of the Guru's birth, is a good time to reflect. It is a good time to relflect on what it means to be a Sikh. It is a good time to reflect on how each of us can live the life Guru Sahib envisioned for us.
Guru Nanak we know was a fierce social justice activist. He broke the barriers of gender. He broke the barriers of caste. He broke the barriers of class.
The Sikh Coalition, its staff, board, and volunteers are inspired everyday by the life of Guru Nanak. We humbly work to continue the Sikh tradition of breaking barriers, bringing humanity together, seeing God in all.
On the anniversary of Guru Nanak's birth, the Sikh Coalition is committed to launching it's 2008 Year-End Fundraising Campaign.
We have set an ambitious goal for our Campaign. But we have ambitious goals for our community:
• We want a Sikh elected to Congress one day.
• We want children to learn about our community in their textbooks
• We want our Dastaars to be respected and honored by all humanity.
These goals, which may seem like a dream to some. They are not to us. They are our goals. We are pledged as an organization to work to break these barriers in our lifetimes.
Big goals need big support. So this year, our Campaign goal is to raise $250,000 before the end of 2008.
Help us keep the Guru Sahib's vision alive. Help us break barriers. We are asking for your help to meet our Campaign goal by giving $50, $100, $250 or more.
Here are just a few of the steps we've taken with the community in the last 6 months.These high-impact victories are ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BY YOU. Can you contribute to the continuation of these achievements through financial support? .
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the country, recently accepted the Coalition's brief. This is the first time a Sikh organization has submitted a brief to the highest court in the land.
The MCAT, the entrance exam for medical school, enforced an official policy asking fledgling physicians to remove their turban before test-taking. The Sikh Coalition pushed through a new policy that respects all forms of religious headwear.
A new regulation protects 1.1 million New York City students from bullying in schools! Many of the community-based groups who have worked on this campaign for a long time credited the Sikh Coalition with getting the regulation into its final stages and becoming a reality.
We are expanding! With the opening of our Western Region Office in July, we now have Sikh representation from coast to coast! The Western Regional Director and Legal Director now staff the office, nestled in the heart of the Sikh-American community.
Road to the Future
There is so much work to be done today for the world we envision to become a reality. We need to staff and equip our New York and California offices with all that they need in order to pave the way for the next generation.
We have Guru Nanak to thank for a vision of an equal world. The Sikh Coalition, with your support, will continue to fight tirelessly and mount victory upon victory. The road to having our dreams come true is long and difficult.
The quality of our future depends on the sacrifices we make today.