Dear Supporter Ji,
My name is Sukhmani Kaur Kocher. By profession, I have more than a decade of experience in Consumer and Employee Experience Design Strategy across multiple industries including retail, technology, consumer goods and beverages, energy, pharmacy, hospitality, and more. Earlier this year, however, I took on a new opportunity outside of my work by joining the board of the Sikh Coalition. It is in this capacity that I want to share with you what I’ve seen from this team—and thank you for the donations that power their tireless work on behalf of our community.
I’ve long had the privilege of being involved in work for and through our sangat, whether that’s by volunteering with the Sikh Family Center, organizing Sikh camps and conferences, Saanjh retreats, seva efforts, or by writing for KaurLife. Through all of these efforts, I’ve met many sevadaars who live their values and give back to the community in a beautiful way. This was no different at the Sikh Coalition, as I have seen a dedicated staff of professionals who not only share these values, but they’ve gone to the lengths of choosing to focus their careers on this work. They’ve dedicated themselves to legal, advocacy, community development, education, and media engagement work that both defends and expands our civil rights, as well as raises Sikh awareness across the United States.
The Sikh Coalition has been fighting on our behalf for more than 20 years, from the early days of hate crime response after 9/11 to modern, sweeping efforts to change policy, introduce Sikhi in schools, and ensure a Sikh presence in local and national media. Despite the continued challenges of hate violence, inflammatory politics and increasing global tensions, they always strive to not just maintain their impact footprint, but build upon it each year.
All of this work is possible because it is done alongside our larger Sikh sangat— through volunteer hours, but also donation dollars. Because the Sikh Coalition draws the majority of its funding from individuals, they stay responsive to the needs of our community and rooted in the values of our shared faith. For that reason, I hope you’ll join me in supporting the Sikh Coalition before the end of the year as they look to 2024 and beyond.
Together, I’m confident that we can continue to build and grow this organization into an institution unlike any other for our sangat for the next 20 years and beyond.
Sending you warm wishes and Chardi Kala,
Sukhmani Kaur Kocher
The Sikh Coalition