Help SALDEF Increase Sikh Awareness and Reduce Bigotry

December 15th, 2017

IMG_97271-1_resizedSixteen years after the events of September 11, the Sikh American community is seeing a rise in hate crimes under today’s divisive political climate and violent speech from white supremacists. This language and hatred are particularly concerning as it has shown to lead to an increase in bias-motivated attacks, and hate crimes against immigrants and those perceived to be immigrants. In fact, this year SALDEF has documented 14 possible bias attacks against Sikh Americans.

As one of SALDEF’s network of Regional Directors, this past week, I spoke on behalf of SALDEF at an event organized by Faith In Public Life and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. The focus of the event was on how to counter violent speech. It was attended by community leaders and clergy of various faiths.

Additionally, I have been fortunate to be a direct partner with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and  Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to train law enforcement officers and airport screeners across the South to ensure they know about Sikh beliefs and ways to engage with our community in a respectful manner.

This is just some of the examples of the many outreach events I and other SALDEF volunteers like me do throughout the year on behalf of the sangat.

The language of violence perpetuates hate and must be countered wherever it is found before it leads to violent acts. This is why SALDEF’s work and mission are so important. We need your help to continue to educate, train and advocate for Sikh awareness.

Please support the work of SALDEF so the next generations of all Americans have a safe country, and we create an environment that is welcoming of the Sikh identity. Please consider a recurring monthly donation to help us continue advocating and educating for Sikh Americans.

In Chardhi Kalaa!
Sincerely,
Navtej Khalsa
SALDEF Southeastern Regional Director

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