Violence and discrimination are problems that affect all Americans. In the post-9/11 environment, Sikh, Muslims, Arab Christians, and Hindus have experienced high rates of hate crime. In our nation’s public schools, children who wear religious head coverings — including Sikhs, Muslims, and Jews — are vulnerable to bullying. Regardless of whether a Sikh man wears a turban or a Muslim woman wears a hijab, both may face employment discrimination as job applicants. Too often, communities that experience discrimination do not share their common experiences, pool their resources, and fight these problems together.
There is strength in numbers. In the face of common challenges, interfaith communities must join together in solidarity to combat bigotry. If one community is targeted today, another may be targeted tomorrow, and it is imperative that we stand up for each other. In this spirit, the Sikh Coalition is an active and enthusiastic participant in interfaith dialogue. Our goals are to not only learn about other faith traditions and create Sikh awareness, but also to find common ground to prevent and end hate crime, school bullying, employment discrimination, and racial profiling.
- + multireligious programs
- + educational presentations about Sikhi
- /7 to create solidarity in our efforts for justice
Over the years, the Sikh Coalition has partnered with interfaith organizations and participated in interfaith gatherings to promote mutual appreciation and understanding among diverse communities. For example, the Sikh Coalition and its representatives participated in President Obama’s 2012 inaugural prayer service in Washington, DC; stood alongside Pope Francis at a prayer service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City; and partnered with eminent institutions such as the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Auburn Theological Seminary, and the Presbyterian Church to deliver interfaith programming.
How You Can Help
Organize a Sikh Awareness Presentation