Community Rallies to Far Exceed $500,000 Challenge
The Sikh Coalition is proud to present a short video documenting the grassroots anti-bullying work of Bhavjeet Singh and Charanpreet Singh, a graduate of the Sikh Coalition’s Sikh Advocate Academy. After conducting school bullying surveys at their local gurdwara in Maryland, these volunteers partnered with the Sikh Coalition and presented their findings to the office of Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger last November. As a result of their efforts, the Congressman decided to co-sponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act, a proposed federal anti-bullying law that aims to protect all children in the United States from bullying.
As 2011 came to a close, the Sikh Coalition delivered a first-ever presentation on Sikhs and Sikh practices to the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) newest graduating class. 1520 graduating recruits were given tips on interacting and working with the tens of thousands of Sikh residents and Sikh visitors to America's largest city. The presentations, which lasted over an hour, included a turban tying demonstration and a lively question and answer session.
Through these trainings, the Sikh Coalition hopes to work with major institutions like the NYPD --- the largest police force in the United States --- so that they produce government employees who understand Sikhs and what it means to carry the Sikh articles of faith.