(Fremont, CA) September 12, 2008 – The Sikh Coalition officially opened its new Western Region office this week to great fanfare. Over 120 people from media, government, and the Sikh community joined the Coalition’s staff and board on the occasion.
For the first time in America’s history, the Sikh community has a national Sikh organization with staffed offices on both coasts.
The Office Opens
A standing room only crowd celebrated the opening. State Senator Ellen Corbett, representatives of Congressman Peter Stark (D-CA) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), the Mayors of Union City and Milpitas, 2 Fremont City Council Members and one Hayward City Council Members; the City Manager of Fremont, representatives of the EEOC, and the Federal Security Director for San Francisco International Airport, Ed Gomez, were a part of the festivities.
In a statement to the gathering, Congressman Mike Honda said “I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to the Sikh Coalition and their supporters for their dedication to protecting Sikh civil rights.”
State Senator Ellen Corbett presented the Sikh Coalition with a commendation from the California State Senate for its leadership in the arena of civil rights.
Strong Past Work Will Become Stronger
The Coalition has provided services to the Western Region since its inception. The opening of a dedicated office will amplify our work with and for the community.
This past spring, the Coalition persuaded prosecutors in Alameda County to drop criminal charges against Mahinder Singh for carrying his kirpan. This marked the 21st time the Coalition successfully Sikh’s right to carry a kirpan.
Beginning this July, through advocacy, the Coalition partnered with the TSA at San Francisco International Airport to roll back what had become a mandatory turban-screening policy. With a new office, the Coalition expects that its work to safeguard Sikh rights will deepen on the West Coast.
“I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to the Sikh Coalition and their supporters for their dedication to protecting Sikh civil rights.”
Congressman Mike Honda
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The impact made by the Coalition is only possible because of supporters that have faith in what we can achieve together . Help us create an institution that ensures the Sikh voice is heard loud and clear wherever and whenever it must be heard.
As always, the Coalition calls on all Sikhs to stand up for their civil rights and fearlessly maintain their articles of faith.
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!