SALDEF News

Applauding Dutta Family, Fellowship Recipients

  SALDEF expresses its deepest gratitude to the Dutta family for endowing two fellowships at SALDEF this year. As a direct result of their visionary gift, two emerging Sikh American leaders, Harmann Singh and Harnek Singh, were afforded the opportunity to work on important policy and media issues for the Sikh American Community with SALDEF. […]

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Sikh Americans Encouraged to Report Hate Crimes, Bias Incidents

Washington, DC — SALDEF urges the Sikh American community to report hate crimes and bias incidents to appropriate authorities. Recent government, academic, and nonprofit reports point to a rise in such bias incidents during tumultuous political seasons. Therefore, we encourage Sikh Americans to accurately report these incidents and allow local, state, and federal authorities to […]

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California Adopts Landmark Legislation Affecting Sikh American Students

Governor Signs Bill Requiring Educators to Provide Anti-Bullying Materials Sikh Americans in California commend Governor Jerry Brown, who recently signed a historic bill to counter school bullying. The Safe Place to Learn Act will now protect Sikh, Muslim, and other students when they are harassed in schools. The legislation (AB 2845) will require the California […]

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Langar on the Hill 2016 Reaches Thousands!

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As the oldest Sikh American civil rights organization—commemorating 20 years of service—SALDEF continued creating history and sharing our Sikh values of service and equality this summer on Capitol Hill!  More than 500 Congressional leaders, staff, neighbors, visitors, and community members gathered to learn about Sikh traditions, our beliefs and our contributions to America at the […]

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Wash. Post: Sikhism’s message is one of inclusion

As an advocate for the Sikh American community, I appreciate your coverage of a challenging and troubling time for one of our community members in Sterling [“Words and action,” Metro, March 26]. However, the article made two assertions that must be addressed. First, it was stated that Sikhism “was formed 300 years ago to oppose […]

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CNN: 10 years after Sikh murder over 9/11, community continues to blend in and stand out

By Jose G. Santos, CNN View the video here. Fairfax Station, Virginia (CNN)– Ten years ago, Balbir Singh Sodhi was gunned down, apparently because he looked Muslim or Arab. He was neither. Sodhi was a Sikh. Members of the religious tradition say he was the first person to be murdered in retaliation for the 9/11 […]

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Police seek better understanding of Arabs, Muslims and Sikhs.

ANDREA RANE/Missourian Cody Abram, of the Department of Justice in Kansas City, has a Sikh turban wrapped around his head. He attended a cultural training session for public safety officers at MU on Thursday. By UTHAYLA ABDULLAH June 1, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST It was a consciousness-raising game of free association. The question: “What […]

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Sikh Activists Upset Over Inmate’s Haircut

ACLU Considering Legal Action Against Sheriff’s Office Sikh groups are decrying the treatment of a Florida inmate who was forced into the cutting of his hair, a revered symbol of piety. The Sikh community is protesting the forced haircut and shave of Jacksonville, Fla. inmateJagmahon… The Sikh community is protesting the forced haircut and shave […]

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Post-9/11 discrimination plagues Detroit area Sikhs

Shawn D. Lewis / The Detroit News Troy — Metro Detroit Sikhs say they have cause for concern today as they, too, reflect on the tragedy of 9/11. Sikhs, who wear turbans as part of their religion, say they are frequently assumed to be Muslims, Arabs or religious extremists. Some Sikhs say since September 11, […]

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3 States Still Ban Religious Clothing for Teachers

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 2, 2009 PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A law backed by the Ku Klux Klan nearly a century ago to keep Catholics out of public schools is still on the books in Oregon, one of the last states in the nation to prohibit teachers from wearing religious clothing in classrooms. […]

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