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New Delhi: UNITED SIKHS led a meeting with the French ambassador on Thursday to rebut France's recent statement that the turban was not banned in France. UNITED SIKHS director, Gurpreet Singh, submitted to the French ambassador, H.E. Francois Richier, that it was misleading to say that there is no Sikh turban ban in France as the 2004 ban in public schools and on ID photos continues to date.
Birmingham, UK - UNITED SIKHS are pleased to announce that we have been working with Halfords Group PLC to introduce new guidance confirming that Sikhs may wear their articles of faith, including the Kirpan, for Amritdhari Sikhs (initiated Sikhs who have taken Amrit), on all Halfords premises.
As winter storms brutally hit the East Coast of the United States, citizens are being given fair warning and all the materials necessary in order to prepare for any disaster. Now, imagine being caught in a snowstorm without having warm clothes or any supplies at your disposal.
Chandigarh, Panjab - UNITED SIKHS along with Kendri Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Institute of Sikh Studies, International Sikh Confederation, Akhand Kirtani Jatha, Panthic Tal Mel Sangathan, Shiromani Akali Dal Panch Pradhani, Dal Khalsa and Shiromani Khalsa Panchayat will submit a letter to the Panjab Chief Minister today which asks if his government had raised the turban ban with the French President, Francois Hollande.
Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire (UK): Sitting alone in a home with no lights and in complete darkness. This is what one elderly lady was doing until she heard a knock on the door. UNITED SIKHS volunteers had turned to help her clean up after the floods and to offer some hot snacks.
What better way to express gratitude for the blessings you received in 2015 then to pay them forward? There's still time to make your year-end contribution! Every dollar has the power to change a life.
This year, you helped us change lives by defending people's civil and human rights, providing humanitarian relief and through community empowerment. But will you ensure that our work won't stop after we ring in 2016 tonight?
2015 brought us the opportunity to do seva, or selfless service, without fear or favour because we had your support. As we enter our 17th year as an organization, we thank you for your past support and ask you to support us again so we may work for the betterment of people in need across the globe through our offices in ten nations.
As a first step to achieve Martin Luther King Jr.'s "justice everywhere," this year, UNITED SIKHS launched a global Know Your Religious Rights online facility, through which we have received inquiries and requests for help, which our global legal team has responded to. This facility was set up to assist people who live and travel globally.
Global: UNITED SIKHS' health and education projects continue to address growing needs of our community by expanding in scope of current services and projects.
Toronto, Canada: UNITED SIKHS organised a Drug Awareness and Employment for Youth related Seminar and Kirtan Darbar at Rexdale Singh Sabha Gurudwara Sahib on Sunday, December 27, 2015. UNITED SIKHS was supported by the Punjabi Community Health Service and Rapport Youth and Family Service in this endeavour.
Thanks to your support, 2015 was one of our best years in humanitarian aid. Together, we brought hope to the flooded alleys of Chennai, earthquake devastated Nepal and Pakistan, submerged Malaysia and to thousands of Syrian and other refugees arriving in Europe.
Today, we'll gather around the hearth with our children and loved ones, as we remember the 300th anniversary of the shaheedi (martyrdom) of the Chhote Sahibzadey, who were six and nine years old when they were bricked-up alive by the Moghul authorities for refusing to give up their Sikh faith.
Nepal is still vivid in my imagination. I reached Nepal on 28th April, 2015; just three days after the first major earthquake. I was one of the first team members of the UNITED SIKHS team in Nepal. To reach Nepal at its need of hour was crucial, it took me many hours to reach Kathamandu because of congestion.
Hasan Abdal, Pakistan: UNITED SIKHS, in collaboration with the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Bangkok, distributed humanitarian aid relief items including coats for the winter to more than 1,000 families in Hasan Abdal (Panja Sahib), Punjab, Pakistan.
In April, UNITED SIKHS volunteers examined Phoola Maya Tamang at a medical camp set up in Nepal after the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that devastated the nation and left many in need of urgent medical aid.
Washington, DC--On December 14, the White House welcomed Sikh Americans for the sixth annual celebration of Guru Nanak Sahib Ji's gurpurab (day of birth) through shabad (religious hymns), poetry, and a roundtable meeting alongside other Sikh organizations and White House officials to discuss Sikh issues.
Tabanovce, Macedonia: On December 16, 2015, the UNITED SIKHS Refugee Relief Team watched in stunned silence as a 5:00 am train carrying hundreds of refugees arrived in Tabanovce was greeted by subzero temperatures. Safeea was one of hundreds of toddlers who shuffled off the train after a train ride of four hours, and in the morning walked a few kilometers to the nearest village in Serbia.
Right from my childhood, I have faced the challenges of modern society. Should I learn Gurmukhi or Spanish? Harmonium or Piano? Shabad Kirtan or Choir? Would colleges give me credit for choosing something they are not familiar with? Would organization and corporations understand that Langar Seva (serving food) is on equal footing with volunteering at a food shelter? This created an emotional tussle between me and myself, but I chose the former-my Sikh identity-because that's who I am.
USA: Months after Iknoor Singh won his right to serve in the U.S. Army, the first accommodation of a religious beard for an active-duty U.S. soldier in decades was granted to Captain Simratpal Singh, 27, last week.
USA:UNITED SIKHS received an email from 20-year-old Prabneet Kaur, daughter of elderly Sikh man and California resident Darshan Singh. She had just been made aware that a video of her father sleeping on an airplane flight JetBlue, recorded by the man sitting next to him, was circulating on the internet. The video is titled "Would You Feel Safe?" and its description says "flying with bin laden."
Chennai, India: UNITED SIKHS began its Chennai Relief Effort on December 2, 2015 in response to the devastating floods that hit the Coromandel Coast of India, with Chennai being one of the cities worst affected.
Today, December 10th, 2015, we celebrate the 65th annual Human Rights Day--a day officiated by the United Nations (UN) in 1950 to commemorate the importance of global human and civil rights. While there is still work to be done to protect the fundamental freedoms and innate rights of all, UNITED SIKHS made great strides towards this ideal all over the world this year.
This year, your support made history. As we take a look at some of our highlights of each of our directorates this year, we also ask that you make your year-end contribution now, so that we may continue our ongoing work next year. It is only through your support that our efforts are possible.
New Jersey/New York: The open enrollment period started on November 1, 2015 and will continue until January 31, 2016, allowing millions of Americans the opportunity to get affordable health insurance. Like the past few years, UNITED SIKHS will be providing free enrollment assistance in New York and New Jersey, and here are 5 things you need to know about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.
As 2015 comes to an end, we find ourselves gathering around the hearth with our families, reflecting on a year's worth of memories, and looking forward to a new year. By giving the gift of gratitude this #GivingTuesday, you can make this year even more special.
Paris, France--Paris, known as the City of Love, is still reeling from shock after a series of bombings and armed attacks that shook the city on November 13th, 2015, and claimed 130 lives. On the heels of the attacks, the UNITED SIKHS team arrived in France to represent the Sikh community alongside thousands of mourners at Le Republique (Parisian square) during a candlelight vigil in memory of the victims.
UNITED SIKHS wishes its supporters a blessed Gurpurab as we celebrate Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Prakash Diwas today, November 25th, 2015. On this day in 1469, the first Sikh prophet was born. During the 70 years of his life, he spread messages of the unity of religions, equality of all people, and the importance of charity.
California, USA-This November, we celebrated the fourth annual Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month in California. Over the course of the month, we brought anti-bullying resources to over one hundred Sikh children and parents, and tied turbans on over fifty university students and faculty and educated them about the Sikh faith.
Peshawar, Pakistan:-On November 8th, 2015, UNITED SIKHS launched the Pak-Afghan Earthquake Relief Effort to provide aid and assistance to individuals affected by one of the strongest earthquakes the region has ever seen.
Amritsar, Panjab, India - UNITED SIKHS calls on Sikhs to support the Sarbat Khalsa 2015, an international meeting of Sikhs in Amritsar on 10th Nov 2015, which has been called in response to the critical issues faced by Sikhs.
California, USA-UNITED SIKHS congratulates its volunteers and supporters on the fourth annual Sikh Awareness month in California, USA. In 2012, California State Legislature declared November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month-a month to recognize American Sikhs, and honor the contribution of Sikhs to American society.
Washington, DC - On September 28, you signed the petition to write to your Senators about the detrimental effects bill S.806: Drug Free Commercial Driver Act will have on the Sikh community if passed without a religious accommodation amendment. In the past four weeks, we have received 1,200 signatures, but our work is far from over.
New York, USA-UNITED SIKHS is humbled to announce the initiation of the UNITED SIKHS food bank in New York City, which covers all five boroughs - Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan, as well as the counties of Nassau and Suffolk in Long Island.
New York, USA - UNITED SIKHS joins the world to celebrate UN Day today, October 24, and looks forward to our continued eight year association with it through its programs for the rights for minorities and the underprivileged. UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1948.
Salt Lake City, USA -The Parliament of the World's Religions ended on Monday after five days of interfaith dialogue, exhibitions and performances. The 2015 Parliament was officially opened with a parade of flags and Native American drumming as regional tribal chiefs welcomed us to their land, and prayed for world peace. It was attended by 10,000 people from 80 countries and 50 faith and non-faith groups.
Seattle, Washington- UNITED SIKHS and the Sikh community of Washington raised $26,000 for victims of the hundreds of wildfires that have devastated the state since July.
Panjab, India- The Sikh Panth, or nation, prevails over the Takht Jathedars-leaders of the five premier Sikh institutions-who withdrew their September gurmatta, or order, that had pardoned the Dera Sirsa Chief Ram Rahim's 2007 sacrilege against the Sikh religion yesterday.
Washington, D.C.-UNITED SIKHS would like to thank its U.S.A. supporters who have taken a stand against religious discrimination by signing the petition to include a religious exemption amendment in bill S.806: Drug Free Commercial Driver Act. So far, we have received over 1,000 signatures.
New York, USA - Criminal charges against 17-year-old Virender Singh were dismissed by the Criminal Court of the City of New York, County of Queens about a week ago. Virender, an initiated Sikh, was arrested and charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, while wearing a kirpan, or religious sword, which is one of the five Sikh articles of faith.
New Jersey/New York - To increase awareness of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease in the Sikh American community, UNITED SIKHS organized events at two Gurdwaras, or Sikh places of worship. These awareness events took place in September of this year in partnership with Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Carteret, NJ, and Gurdwara Baba Majha Singh Karamjot Sikh Center in South Ozone Park, NY.
New York- "Extremely dangerous" Category 4 Hurricane Joaquin is moving through the Bahamas, where warnings are in effect for wind, storm surges, rainfall, and surf swells. As of this morning, forecasters do not deem it likely that the storm will make landfall in the United States.
Remember last year we called on you to take a stand against religious discrimination? We are once again in need of your support. The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act is back in the House of Representatives as well as in the Senate, and poses as serious threat to Sikh truck drivers who are unwilling to cut their hair.
New York, USA - UNITED SIKHS was honored to represent the Sikh community at Ground Zero during Pope Francisí interfaith prayer service on September 25, 2015.
Ludhiana, Panjab--One year ago, UNITED SIKHS celebrated the launch of the GurKirpa Health Network Hospital in Ludhiana, Panjab. Today, we are humbled to report that over 8,000 individuals have been treated here, thanks to your support.
WASHINGTON, DC- This summer, UNITED SIKHS attorneys and advocates met with 15 offices of Senators and Congressmen during the Youth Summit on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to address the most pressing issues currently faced by the Sikh community.
New York, USA-UNITED SIKHS observes the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. This day claimed 2,996 lives, left over 6,000 individuals injured, and forever changed the world we live in. For Sikhs, Muslims, Arabs, and other minority communities, the terror did not end on September 11th.
Yangon, Myanmar - On August 6th, 2015, our Myanmar Flood Relief effort began in response to Cyclone Komen, which caused the worst flooding crisis Myanmar has ever seen. Over 1.6 million people were critically affected, and more than 687,200 acres of farmland was damaged.
WASHINGTON D. C. - A federal court ruled yesterday that a Sikh college student must be allowed to enroll in Army ROTC without shaving his beard, cutting his hair, or removing his turban. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson acted in the case of Hofstra University student Iknoor Singh, who had been barred by the U.S. Army from ...
As you know, Nepal was hit by one of the most devastating earthquakes on April 25th. When my country needed help, I came across the UNITED SIKHS team of volunteers and doctors willing to travel to places where no one else dared to go. I found passionate members and we became one team.


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