April 30, 2024 (Nationwide) — This year marks the 40th anniversary of the genocide perpetrated against the Sikh community by the Indian state. Because the commemoration of and search for justice after 1984 is important to many sangat members, the Sikh Coalition has put together an advocacy toolkit to assist sangats across the nation in seeking local proclamations to commemorate this essential part of our shared history.

Previously, sangat members have used such proclamations (at the state, city, county, and school board levels) to increase Sikh awareness and sangat civic engagement—including around Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in April. The toolkit includes instructions on how to request a proclamation, as well as draft suggested language.

“State- and local-level proclamations, resolutions, and citations are straightforward tools for raising awareness about an issue in your community,” explains Harmeet Kaur Kamboj, Sikh Coalition Senior State Policy Manager. “Ensuring that our elected officials and fellow citizens know what happened to the Sikh community during and after 1984 matters to our history, our search for justice, and our shared efforts to ensure that such atrocities do not continue into the future.”

Click here to access the toolkit, which is stored in a Google Doc to allow you to easily copy and paste the suggested language. Of note, this draft resolution language can and should be modified according to each sangat’s needs. The Sikh Coalition has chosen to use the term “genocide” to describe the events of November 1984 in alignment with human rights groups such as Ensaaf, which have specified that Indian government documents clarify an “intent to destroy” the Sikh community that is integral to the legal definition of genocide.

As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.