(New York, New York) November 18, 2011 - The Sikh Coalition and the Sikh community enthusiastically participated in a White House Bullying Prevention Summit organized by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders last month in New York City. Two buses of Sikhs from New York and New Jersey --- paid for by the White House and organized by the Sikh Coalition --- joined over 400 youth, parents, and government officials at the summit. Representatives from the Department of Education and Department of Justice explained to parents how they can file a complaint of school bullying with the federal government. Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services shared the StopBullying.gov website and its resources on identifying and tackling the issue. Leaders at Facebook and MTV brought their efforts to eliminate cyber-bullying to the attention of parents.
Read the White House Blog Post by Sikh Coalition Program Director and White House Commissioner Amardeep Singh. Click here for pictures!
The Coalition would like to thank the sangats of the Garden State Sikh Association in Bridgewater, New Jersey and the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York for their participation in the White House Summit. The Coalition would also like to thank the White House Initiative of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for arranging and paying for the buses of Sikh community members to attend the Summit and its cooperation with the Sikh Coalition in making arrangements for the community's participation.
Know Your Options: Federal and Private Resources to Combat School Bullying.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges all Sikhs to fearlessly practice their faith. If someone you know is being bullied in school and needs assistance, please feel free to contact us here