April 27, 2017 (Washington, DC) – In response to concerns about increasing hate crime risk against Sikhs and other religious minorities in the United States, the Sikh Coalition is making gurdwara security awareness a top priority in 2017.
Federal and state government agencies have developed many free resources and trainings to help places of worship, including gurdwaras, minimize the risk of attacks. Over the last week, we have shared these resources with nearly 200 gurdwaras nationwide via email and social media.
If you would like the Sikh Coalition to facilitate a free Gurdwara Security Training for your sangat or if you would like us to organize free trainings on other issues – such as immigration, promoting Sikh awareness or empowering our children to defend themselves against school bullying – please call us at (212) 655-3095 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAKE ACTION – SPREAD THE WORD
1. Share at Gurdwara – Please share the toolkit with your gurdwara management committee and ask them to establish a working group on facility security.
2. Share on Social Media – Please share the toolkit on social media and help us create awareness and dialogue about the need to secure gurdwaras.
From the times of our gurus to the present, Sikhs have a long tradition of defending gurdwaras against attack, and we look forward to working with you to continue this important tradition.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.