Leadership Transition: New Executive Director Search
After announcing Sapreet Kaur’s transition to the Girl Scouts of the USA last month, the Sikh Coalition is excited to formally launch a national search for our next Executive Director. While Sapreet will shift into a Senior Advisor role, Co-Founder and Board Chair Narinder Singh will serve as the Executive Director and assist senior staff to ensure that the work of the organization continues seamlessly.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the hands-on manager for senior staff and will be responsible for further developing and implementing the strategies that lead the organization into its next phase of growth and development.
To learn more about the ED position, qualifications and how to apply, click here.
Sharing Sikhism on Emmy-Winning TV Show & NYC Casting Call
In August, the Sikh Coalition had the opportunity to lay the groundwork for an episode of the Emmy award-winning CNN show United Shades of America that will focus exclusively on the Sikh American community. The episode, hosted by W. Kamau Bell, is still being produced and edited so stay tuned for future updates.
Separately, the Sikh Coalition continues to provide direct support to organizations like Revolutionary Love and Harness to bring Sikh roles and actors to primetime television. In June and September, we held two casting calls for shows looking for Sikh actors and actresses in New York and Los Angeles, and we are optimistic about being able to share some exciting developments in the very near future.
Both of these initiatives are part of the Sikh Coalition’s long-term communications strategy to raise Sikh awareness locally and nationally. Click here to learn more.
First-Ever Guide to Improve Media Coverage on Sikhism
This September, the Sikh Coalition launched the first-ever comprehensive guidebook for journalists looking to report on Sikhism. The project comes out of a partnership between the Sikh Coalition and the Religion News Foundation and joins guides on Christianity, Islam and Judaism as the latest resource in the Religion News Foundation’s series covering religion.
The free electronic version of the resource will be available later on this year. If you would like to inquire about purchasing the hard copy, please contact email@example.com — Click here to learn more.
November is California Sikh Awareness Month
California Assembly Member Ash Kalra has introduced a resolution in the California legislature designating November 2017 as California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month. The resolution recognizes “the significant contributions that Californians of Sikh heritage have made to the state.” Over the coming weeks, the Sikh Coalition will continue to identify opportunities to expand Sikh awareness in California through government, media and community engagement. If you live in California and wish to get involved with these efforts, or if you wish to initiate similar efforts elsewhere in the United States, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for the NYC Bowl-a-thon Sunday!
The Sikh Coalition’s 8th Annual New York City Bowl-a-thon is on October 15, 2017 at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers. You can still join us as we bowl a strike for Sikh rights! Register as a cheerleader and/or to play laser tag by Saturday at midnight to receive the discounted rate! There will also be registration on site Sunday.
Adding Talent & Capacity in Community Security & Advocacy
The Sikh Coalition is excited to announce two new staff hires, further enhancing the impact of our work moving forward.
Aasees Kaur is our new Community Development Manager. Aasees began collaborating with the Sikh Coalition in 2012 and is an alumna of our Sikh Advocate Academy. She also served as our Community Development Fellow. As the Community Development Manager, she is responsible for increasing community engagement efforts, developing partnerships and addressing the needs of the Sikh community by administering organizational programs.
Nikki Singh is our new Policy and Community Engagement Fellow. She was motivated to work at the Sikh Coalition by her passion to advocate for underrepresented communities and to end hate crimes and discrimination. Nikki has served as an intern at the Clinton Global Initiative and worked as a Program Associate for the Human Rights Foundation, where she helped to organize the annual Oslo Freedom Forum.
Savneet Singh Joins Board of Trustees
We are thrilled to announce the addition of Savneet Singh to the Sikh Coalition’s Board of Trustees. Savneet’s commitment to the Sikh American community runs deep. His family originally founded Camp Chardi Kala, where he has been actively involved for nearly 20 years. He also runs mentorship programs across the tri-state area that place Sikh youth in high-impact internships. In the wake of the Oak Creek massacre, Savneet successfully led a campaign to raise over $200,000 for the impacted Oak Creek families and community.
“Our organization is gaining a great talent who will bring new ideas and opportunities to our work,” said Interim Executive Director Narinder Singh.
Game-Changing FIBA Decision Takes Effect
Earlier this year in May, FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, made the game-changing decision to lift its ban on religious headwear. FIBA’s rule officially went into effect on October 1, 2017, opening doors for millions to pursue their athletic dreams.
For more than three years, the Sikh Coalition helped lead a campaign to fix this policy which forced observant Sikhs and others off the court in international competition. Although this update is a remarkable victory for athletes, Sikhs and others still face challenges in this country in different sports at varying levels, and we continue our work to protect their rights.
Expanding our Powerhouse Media & Communications Team
Do you have a passion for civil rights? Our powerhouse team is expanding.
The Sikh Coalition is searching for an energetic communications professional to join our growing staff as we continue to produce groundbreaking media and communications results on behalf of Sikhs in America. To learn more about the media and communications position, qualifications and how to apply, click here.
View all of our current open positions here.
Sikh Advocate Academy Alums Impact Communities
On September 10, 2017, Sikh Advocate Academy alumna Soraya Deen co-organized and led the Interfaith Solidarity March in San Fernando Valley, California, showing solidarity with and among communities impacted by bigotry. View her speech here and fellow Sikh Advocate Academy alumnus Balmeet Singh’s speech here.
On September 12, 2017, Harleen Kaur, an alumna of the 2017 Sikh Advocate Academy, joined with Sikh community leaders and the Guru Ram Dass Gurdwara Sahib in educating the public this month about Sikhs and Sikhism. They set up a booth and interacted with hundreds of guests at the Peace & Justice Fair in Vancouver, WA. Click here to view pictures from the event.
Finally, on September 23, 2017, Sikh Advocate Academy alumna Harleen Kaur joined local Los Angeles sevadaar, Neelamjit Dhaliwal, for an event hosted by Harness that focused on tackling the problems associated with putting minority communities on network television. Harleen and Neelamjit represented the Sikh Coalition at the event and engaged guests with Sikh awareness and education material.
Sikh Coalition Joins SAALT at Congressional Briefing
On September 12, 2017, one day after the 16th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks, Sikh Coalition National Advocacy Manager Sim J Singh spoke at a Congressional briefing organized by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). We joined members of Congressional leadership and national partner organizations to address the rising tide of hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern Americans.
Click here to watch the full briefing.
Sikh Coalition Joins Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court
The Sikh Coalition joined an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court as part of an interfaith coalition opposed to the Trump administration’s latest travel ban. Civil rights groups continue to criticize the ban as overly broad, motivated by the Trump administration’s hostility toward Muslims and immigrants. The Sikh Coalition supports an immigration system that treats people with fairness and dignity, not one based on stereotypes masquerading as law.
Little Sikhs Festival Spreads Sikh Awareness
On September 23, 2017, the Sikh Coalition proudly co-sponsored the Little Sikhs Festival at the Bartlett Nature Center, just outside of Chicago. Legal Director Amrith Kaur and Senior Counsel Harsimran Kaur both attended the family-friendly educational festival to share Sikh awareness resources. Open to the general public, the event promoted diversity, culture and an understanding of the Sikh faith.
Junior Sikh Coalition Offers Prayers at 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance
During this year’s 9/11 anniversary, four members of the Junior Sikh Coalition recited prayers at the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance event aboard the Intrepid Museum in New York, NY. The prayers were recited during four individual interfaith services to kick-off volunteering shifts at the annual service day.