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SALDEF Condemns Hate Rallies in Virginia; Calls for Administration and Congress to Act

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the nation’s oldest Sikh American civil rights organization, denounces the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, VA as anti-American, and against the very ideals that we must aspire to as a country. Today, we mourn the victims of this tragedy: Heather Heyer, who was killed when a car […]

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Hundreds Attend Langar on the Hill 2017!

Over 400 attendees including Sikh community members, staffers, NCAPA partners, and other Washington D.C. leaders joined us yesterday for our 4th Annual Langar on the Hill! Sponsored by Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman Ami Bera, this year’s theme was “Unity through Seva”. This was achieved by providing our attendees, including Congressman John Garamendi, Rep. Mike […]

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Two Sikh American Men Murdered in Separate California Incidents

COMMUNITY RELEASE June 28, 2017 SALDEF is saddened to learn about the tragic murders of Subag Singh and Simranjit Singh both of California, in separate and unrelated incidents. Our condolences go out to the family of Subag Singh, of Fresno, California, and Simranjit Singh of Elk Grove, California. On the morning of Sunday, July 23, […]

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Vote in VA Today!

Dear Supporter, Do you want to raise the voice of your Sangat? SALDEF urges encourages all Sikh Americans in Virginia to fully exercise their civic right and vote today! For a list of locations where you can vote, please visit the following link. Throughout history, many leaders including Bhagat Singh Thind, have made great sacrifices […]

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SALDEF Honors Victims of Gun Violence

Dear Supporter, On June 3, 2017, over 50 people joined SALDEF and the Wear Orange Campaign to honor the lives lost due to gun violence. The event was a great opportunity for community members, and Sikh speakers and performers, to come together for an important cause. Kamal Saini, who lost his mother in the tragic […]

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SikhLEAD Superstar of the Month: Gurpreet Singh Sarin

To celebrate our amazing past and present SikhLEADers, we will be highlighting a participant every month, showcasing their achievements, challenges, goals and aspirations. Our SikhLEAD alumni have gone on to do amazing things, from engaging in creative or entrepreneurial efforts, to empowering their local communities, to being leaders for social justice or political change. This […]

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Informative ‘Know Your Rights’ Forums Continue Nationwide

To empower our Sangat nationwide and ensure that they are aware of resources that are put in place to aid them in light of our present climate of uncertainty and tension, SALDEF and our local and national partners are continuing efforts to hold Know Your Rights Forums across the country, most recently in Upstate New […]

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SALDEF Applauds Basketball Federation’s Head-Covering Ruling

Washington, DC—The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) commended the International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) to let Sikhs pursue their dreams of playing basketball with their articles of faith. The ruling allowing turbans, yarmulkes, and hijabs in international basketball competitions comes after several years of interfaith advocacy with Jewish, Muslim, and other groups. “Basketball […]

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Free ‘Sikh Monologues’ Event in Berkeley, CA

SALDEF invites you to a free presentation of Sikh Monologues, an event created by SikhLEAD Leadership Development Program (LDP) participant Jasleen Singh, on May 13, 2017 in Berkeley, CA.   In 2013, Jasleen embarked on a journey to record the stories of Sikhs in America. After reaching out to her network – most of which came […]

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Know Your Rights Forums in Upstate NY

The SALDEF team and our partners will be hosting a Know Your Rights (KYR) Forum at the Sikh Society of Rochester this Sunday, April 23 from 12pm-1pm. We will be covering a variety of topics including: school bullying, workplace discrimination, hate crimes, and information on your rights while flying. The purpose of the Know Your […]

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