As always, we continue to urge all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly

Each legal and policy initiative page details the Sikh Coalition's work on behalf of a specific cause or client.

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The Fight Against Book Bans

Book bans are increasingly being used by some advocacy groups as a tool to oppose representation for specific communities and restrict classroom conversations about race, diversity, and history. Some states are trying to pass laws that will make book bans and other censorship easier, and in extreme cases, punish educators or librarians who defy them; other states, conversely, are attempting to prohibit such practices. In early 2024, the Sikh Coalition began tracking these kinds of legislation, which directly impacts our work in pushing for inclusive education and safe classrooms.

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Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Military – Lance Corporal (LCpl) Jaskirat Singh

In November of 2021, with assistance from the Sikh Coalition , our pro bono co-counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP, our litigation partners at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, BakerHostetler, and the Sikh American Veterans Alliance, Jaskirat Singh submitted a request for an accommodation to serve in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with his articles of faith. In February of 2022, Mr. Singh was offered an incomplete and insufficient accommodation, including a provision that would require him to sacrifice his turban and beard while at boot camp. In December of 2022, an appellate court granted a preliminary injunction to allow Mr. Singh to proceed to Recruit Training with his articles of faith intact; he graduated from that program in August of 2023 as Private First Class (PFC) Singh.

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Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Military – Aekash Singh

In March of 2021, with assistance from the Sikh Coalition , our pro bono co-counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP, and our litigation partners at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Aekash Singh submitted a request for an accommodation to serve in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with his articles of faith. In February of 2021, Mr. Singh was offered an incomplete and insufficient accommodation, including a provision that would require him to sacrifice his turban and beard while at boot camp. We and our partners are currently suing the U.S. military on behalf of Mr. Singh and our additional USMC clients.

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Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Military – Milaap Singh Chahal

In March of 2021, with assistance from the Sikh Coalition , our pro bono co-counsel at Winston & Strawn LLP, and our litigation partners at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Milaap Singh Chahal submitted a request for an accommodation to serve in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with his articles of faith. In September of 2021, Mr. Chahal was offered an incomplete and insufficient accommodation, including a provision that would require him to sacrifice his turban and beard while at Basic Training. In December of 2022, an appellate court granted a preliminary injunction to allow Mr. Chahal to proceed to Basic Training with his articles of faith intact.

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