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Washington DC, USA- Once again, we are humbled to announce that we received an overwhelming response from the youth globally who applied to take one of eight spots in our second annual Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) being held from July 6-10, 2015.
All my life I have dreamed of serving my country, but when I tried to enlist in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program at Hofstra University, I was told I couldn't due to my religious beliefs.
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 ...
Phoola Maya Tamang, 57, was examined in the medical camp by Dr Raminder Kaur and Dr Rishab Koirala who strongly feel she has some underlying lung condition and is quite ill. We called the WHO health cluster with whom we are registered and they advised us to take her to the nearest government hospital in Kathmandu.
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.
Kathmandu, Nepal - Nepal is still reeling from the earthquake that devastated the historical country on 25 April, killing more than 7,800 and displacing thousands more. Two weeks after the earthquake occurred, Nepali families who live in remote villages are still not receiving the aid which they should be.
Kathmandu, Nepal - The people of Nepal are still suffering after an earthquake of 7.8 magnitudes shook the country to its core, killing more than 5,500 people, and leaving thousands without water, shelter and medical aid, especially those living in remote areas who are famished and sick because of the lack of aid.
Washington, DC - I look forward to sharing my experience in providing humanitarian relief in disaster zones to the eight participants who will be selected for the UNITED SIKHS Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) of 2015.
Kathmandu, Nepal - Nepal fell victim to a powerful and devastating earthquake on April 25th. Since then more than 5,000 people are now known to have died, thousands more injured and left homeless - struggling to survive out in the open.
Nepal, Kathmandu - Nepal has been hit with a devastating earthquake which has shaken the entire country to its core. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake has killed more than 3,326 people.
Washington, DC - We are looking for eight outstanding individuals 17 and older who are driven to promote seva and civil and human rights to participate in our Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), taking place July 6th-July 10th in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC - Are you interested in learning more about advocating for minority communities and providing humanitarian aid to people in need? How about spending your summer in the heart of the United States capital?
Kuala Lumpur, 17th April 2015 - UNITED SIKHS (Malaysia) yesterday had a media launch of its Good Will Walk to create awareness about food poverty and to collect food and funds for the first Malaysian Food Bank.
Washington, DC - Are you interested in learning more about advocating for minority communities and providing humanitarian aid to people in need? How about spending your summer in the heart of the United States capital?
UNITED SIKHS seeks blessings and extends good wishes to the Sikh community during this auspicious time of Vasakhi. On this Vasakhi, we pledge to protect your rights.
Washington, DC - Be one of eight to attend the Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), a five-day training program starting July 6th to July 10th, 2015. The Academy is designed exclusively for students and young professionals.
Trenton, New Jersey - UNITED SIKHS client Mr. Samitter Singh has received a written apology from the Motor Vehicles Commission in New Jersey. Mr Singh's religious freedom was violated by the Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) in Trenton, New Jersey on January 29, 2014, when he went there to renew his driver's license.
Washington, DC - Be one of eight to attend the Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), a five-day training program starting July 6th to July 10th, 2015. The Academy is designed exclusively for students and young professionals.
(Washington, DC) - The FBI has released a new version of their training manual for law enforcement which now includes guidelines on how to track Anti-Sikh bias and hate crimes directed towards Sikhs. This training manual serves as the go-to training resource used by law enforcement officials when determining how to investigate a hate crime.
India, Panjab, 14 February 2015 : We are happy to share the success of our latest medical camp conducted by the GurKirpa Health Network on 17 January 2015.
New York, New Jersey,7 February 2015 : UNITED SIKHS, along with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, filed an amicus brief ("friend of the court") in King v. Burwell defending the availability of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) tax credits nationwide.
Washington, DC – For many years, a Calendar of Observance created by the Anti-Defamation League has been used nationally as a tool to address diversity and religious accommodation issues in United States public schools.
USA- The Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2013 (H.R. 3403) was a bill proposed on October 30, 2013 by Congressman Eric "Rick" Crawford (R-AR) who introduced the Drug Free Commercial Driver Act of 2013. The bill proposed to allow motor carriers to force a Sikh operator to provide a hair sample.
Fighting back tears, Humanitarian Aid Coordinator Asia Pacific Rishiwant Singh, said: "The faces of the villagers showed more than relief. When they saw the chopper hovering in the sky above their village, they had a very different look on their faces, almost as they have seen God in the sky to save them.
I approached UNITED SIKHS over seven years ago when I was being discriminated against at my workplace. I had just gotten initiated into the Sikh faith, and started wearing a head covering to work. My superiors would harass me, ask me to remove the head covering, and one of them even went to the extent of saying that I looked more beautiful without it.
Malaysia, 31st December 2014 - The disastrous flooding in Malaysia has caused havoc amongst the lives of many across the country, in particular the state Kelantan where the Kula Krai Gurdwara was submerged under more than 50ft of water, leaving the Guru Granth Sahib Ji's Saroop drenched in muddy water.
As we are only a few hours away from entering the New Year, we ask ourselves whether we kept our commitment to you this year? Did we meet our goals for International Advocacy, Humanitarian Aid and Community Empowerment?
My interest in the non-profit field has grown within me since I was very young. I knew that I always wanted to help those who are less fortunate and those who are fighting for religious freedom across the globe.
Malaysia has been hit by one of the worst floods in decades leaving 10 people dead and more than 160,000 people displaced across the country,without food or shelter. The monsoon season brought heavy rain and winds, worsening the condition.
Today my 6-year-old son started crying, saying he has no friends in school because he wears a turban. While my husband and I try to provide him with a good life, I realized, that, that doesn't compensate for what he thinks he lacks at school. I began to think about other Sikh parents who go through this but might not be equipped with the resources, responses, or time to help their children.
It can be so difficult to put into words how impactful AAHA was for us, but we wanted to show supporters how invaluable we found the experience. During finals we all wanted to talk to you, one-on-one, no filter, as we each sat in our college dorms and houses and reflected on our experiences.
Our International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA) team continues to serve the global Sikh community without borders, challenging the civil and human rights violations perpetrated against Sikhs worldwide.
With over 20 disaster relief assistance projects across the globe from the Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the South Asian Earthquake in India and Pakistan, Typhoon in the Philippines, the Indonesian Earthquake, and the floods in Kashmir, UNITED SIKHS is humbled to announce we have fed thousands and built houses in these areas.
"Now that I am a high school student I feel strong and confident. But before, even I was bullied. Ever since kindergarten, bullying had been one of the biggest and most significant hindrances in my life. I thought it would never end. I felt helpless. I felt like it was my fault.
Fifteen years, eleven countries, and over hundreds of volunteers with your continuous support UNITED SIKHS has been able give back globally. Continue supporting us in our journey to Recognize the Human Race as One.
UNITED SIKHS Advocacy team engages Pakistan Ambassador, Department of State, US embassy in Pakistan, Canadian MP's, Pakistan's Chief Minister KP,Secretary Home & Tribal Affairs Department KP, Core Commander Peshawar, senators and other law enforcement agencies regarding safety and security of Sikhs in Peshawar.
In 1950, the United Nations proclaimed December 10th as Human Rights Day and today we celebrate the ultimate proposition that all humans around the globe are entitled to the full range of human rights and that this equality is what binds us all together.
USA - UNITED SIKHS is deeply disappointed by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) revisions to the federal racial profiling guidance. We are specifically concerned by the exemption allowing law enforcement agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S.
Kashmir,India - UNITED SIKHS Aid team, headed by Komal JB Singh, started the second phase of relief kit distribution on October 23, 2014.Since the second phase, over 400 families have been assisted.
What does #Giving mean to you? As we celebrate the importance of Volunteerism with #GivingTuesday, we reflect as a volunteer based organization on the path our team has chosen to walk, the one shown by our Gurus.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, we are humbled to share with you that UNITED SIKHS GurKirpa Health Network has officially been inaugurated in Panjab and has already treated over 1000 patients, 40 of which were children.
California,USA- On Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:40 a.m., Mr. Labh Singh Nigah, 55-years-old, was walking in Sierra Linda Park when he was stabbed to death. Mr. Singh, a resident of Oxnard, was killed shortly after dropping off his son to his elementary school.
As 2014 comes to an end, we are looking back at how your generous donation and support helped us achieve a remarkable and memorable year. The work is ongoing and we wanted to humbly request you to please make your year-end contribution now.
Washington, DC: On November 13, 2014, the White House hosted Sikh community members from around the country in celebration of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s Gurpurab, marking the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak ji, the founder of Sikhism. Dr. Rucha Kavathe, Project Manager of UNITED SIKHS’ Community Education and Empowerment Directorate (CEED), was invited to speak to community members.
17th Nov 2014, Vancouver, Canada - After a groundbreaking start, when a cross section of people walked four km from the Totem Poles to the Komagata Maru Memorial in Vancouver on 25th October, various groups have expressed an interest to be part of an annual Good Will Walk against Violence.
November 4, 2014 - Bullying, Discrimination, Profiling, Sikhs in the Military, Sikhs in the Census - all issues faced by the Sikh American community, can be best combated today, with your civic engagement. The importance of showing up to the polls to vote goes beyond just our civic duty as Sikh Americans, but carries into having a voice in our government's agenda.
While in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of India's 1984 Sikh genocide, which saw thousands of men and boys murdered, women raped and their properties looted and burned by mobs in politically supported violence, the event is targeting the overarching issue of violence in today's society - be it youth, gang, or domestic.
"The UNITED SIKHS legal team has been in the forefront of a roller-coaster legal battle since 2006, when a lower court overturned a turban ban in GO Schools, which was then reinstated by another court on a technicality, before the ban was firmly overturned by the Conseil d'Etat last week," said Mejindarpal Kaur, International Legal Director of UNITED SIKHS, an international advocacy group.
New York, USA-Mr. Gurbhej Singh Sandhu, an elderly Sikh gentleman, had his religious freedom violated by the New York City Department of Correction (DOC). Mr.Sandhu visited Rikers Island Correctional Facility on numerous occasions since February 2012 to meet with his son, who was serving a sentence at the facility.
On behalf of the Sikh community of British Columbia,Canada, who are hosting the Walk, UNITED SIKHS would like you to bring and share your message against violence during the 4 km walk whose slogan is 'End the Silence on Violence.
"We will walk not because we can change the perpetrators, but so that the violence will not change us; that we remain a bulwark against forgetting, against silence and against violence," says Mejindarpal Kaur, UNITED SIKHS International Legal Director
The court offered to place the kirpan in a locked box, which the court security would keep secure until Mr. Singh left the courthouse, or to excuse Mr. Singh from jury duty. However, Mr. Singh explained that it was his responsibility, duty, and right as an American to serve as a juror and he is not permitted by his religion to remove the kirpan.
UNITED SIKHS Kashmir Relief Team Leader, Amritpal Singh, who has been working on the ground, said: "We distributed blankets and food by indentifying people who need it first. We travelled to the villages where people had been stranded in their homes ever since the floods hit.
With your kind donations and support, our incredible and valiant team has been able to distribute medicine worth 1.5 lakh at Gurdwara Clinic (Bazulla Baghaat), which has become the main rescue clinic where life-saving medicine has been distributed.
Raleigh, North Carolina- The Personal Defense & Handgun Safety Center, a shooting range and gun shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, prominently displayed a poster with the title "Are you prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse?" The poster contained images meant to scare the general population and depicted "scary" characters. Unfortunately, two of "zombies" wore turbans and sported beards, easily confusable for Sikhs.
A state of emergency has been declared in Kashmir as the areas of Jammu, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian and Anantnag are battling one of the worst floods in decades. Jammu is located in the mountainous vicinity and fears are growing for victims as the weather will soon be turning cold.
Trenton, NJ: UNITED SIKHS collaborated with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness to create a Sikh Cultural Sensitivities Training program. This program is online at NJLearn, the internet training system for all New Jersey first responders.
Charanjit Singh, Head Granthi of Gurudwara Siri Bhai Joga Singh Peshawar, said this was not the first attack on the Sikh community. In the last eight months, many Sikhs have been killed and kidnapped and the government has failed to make any arrests.
"I learned that if I am ever in a bullying situation, I need to run to a teacher or parent and tell them what happened. I need to speak out." - Punarjot Singh , 11 years old
"It definitely shows us that we are not alone." - Harpreet Kaur, 13 years old
Queens, NY- Earlier yesterday, UNITED SIKHS staff, volunteers and local Sikh leaders met with senior police officials at the 102nd Precinct in Queens, NY to discuss the progress of the investigations in alleged hate motivated case involving Mr. Sandeep Singh. Concerns were expressed regarding the slow pace of the investigations.
Dallas Sikh Congregation Threatened to leave country by Man Posing as IRS Officer.
This incident occurred right after the two year anniversary of the Oak Creek, WisconsinGurdwara massacre.Six Sikhs lost their lives after a white supremacist opened fire at the congregation.
Dallas, Texas, USA-On August 10th, a man walked into Gurdwara Singh Sabha of North Texas claiming to be an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officer there to do an audit. He confronted one of the gurdwara members, and accused the gurdwara of not having paid its taxes.
One of our young advocates also met with several Senators and Representatives on the Armed Services committee to discuss his personal story and struggle. The story was met with empathy and understanding that one should not be put in a position to choose between their faith and country.
Washington, DC- The Advocacy & Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) was a successful four-day extensive training program in Washington, DC from July 22-25, 2014 consisting of panels, interactive panels, lectures, and skill-building exercises.
Two years ago on August 5th 2012, the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, stood in silence as a lone, white supremacist gunman fatally shot and killed six innocent members of the Sikh faith, while also shooting himself. The massacre was one of the largest acts of violence on a faith community since the 1963 Church bombings.
Sultanpuri, New Delhi, India - Seventy excited kids got off the bus on their first day at their new school on 14th July 2014. It was their sheer commitment and sweat, which made them brush up on their lessons at daily tuition classes during the Indian summer holidays that got them a place in the Budh Vihar JSS Khalsa School.
Washington DC, USA- Today, we will host our "Innovative Justice" Banquet at the Four Points Sheraton followed by our Sixth Annual Sikh Summit advocacy meetings from July 28th-30th with congressmen, government agencies, and NGOs to discuss Sikh issues around the globe.
What was initially reported by police as a simple traffic accident has now been upgraded to charges of criminal mischief.
Jackson, Mississippi- Earlier this month, UNITED SIKHS' Attorneys Manmeet Singh and Anisha Singh successfully conducted a Sikh Cultural Sensitivities training for law enforcement officials from throughout the state in Jackson, Mississippi.
The AHAA will be an extensive four-day training program including discussions from panels, interactive workshops, tours of federal buildings, lectures, and skill-building exercises. Along with members of the UNITED SIKHS team, presenters from around the United States will be coming to the nation's capitol to train these young minds.
Will you be there to support our fight against drugs in Panjab? Guru Nanak University in Panjab reports that at least 73% of the tate's youth between the ages of 16-35 is currently addicted to drugs.

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Know Your Rights This 4th of July: What you need to know when traveling this weekend.

United States- Fourth of July- Celebrating the nation's birthday sets off the start of one of the busiest times of the year to travel whether it is by car, plane, bus or train.
Please join us for an evening of entertainment and unity. Come spend an evening with Bollywood's super singer star Rabbi Shergill, singer of the chart-topper song of 2005, Bullah Ki Jaana! Rabbi is an advocate and ally of UNITED SIKHS and strongly supports our cause.

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London, UK, 24th June 2014 - UNITED SIKHS will premiere tonight on Sangat TV the first episode of a three-part documentary series 'Unheard Voices', which tells the story of how Sikhs continue their 30-year wait for justice for the thousands of innocent pilgrims who were killed by the Indian Army and for the restitution of the Sikh Reference Library,
Punjab, India - The state of Punjab is slowly being eradicated due to the on-going drug epidemic that is increasing day by day. Did you know that Punjab is in crises mode and that at least 73% of the state's youth between 16-35 is currently addicted to drugs, declared by Guru Nanak University,Punjab. Recently the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Punjab is the second highest state of drug consumption in the whole of India.


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