On the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, The Sikh Community Must Move Beyond Mere Reflection, Highlights:
We Must Continue to Advocate, Educate, Empower, and Inspire!!
UNITED SIKHS Releases Comprehensive Know Your Rights Toolkit for Community Members
York, NY: Ten years after the tragic events of September 11th,
many community and faith groups are coming together to commemorate this
anniversary through recommitting themselves to the American ideals of
mutual respect, partnership, and equality and to continue working to
protect civil rights for all through co-signing a Statement of
Principles drafted by members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and
Human Rights (to read the statement, click here).
For the Sikh community, the 10th anniversary of September 11th acts as
a poignant reminder of not only the tragedy of the lives lost on that
day, but of the lives lost and forever changed in the days and years
- Know Your Rights education materials
available online for your local Gurdwaras, community centers, schools,
and places of employment. These materials will soon be translated in
Panjabi and similarly made available to the public.
- UNITED SIKHS Board members, staff and
volunteers will be participating in several community and interfaith
events surrounding the 10th anniversary of September 11th; we encourage
community members to get involved.
- If you feel you have experienced
discrimination and have questions about what to do about it, please
- Please Be Involved, Click here to get started!; To donate go to www.unitedsikhs.org/donate.
After September 11th, the Sikh community experienced a sharp increase
in discrimination in many forms, including increased reports of hate
crimes, bullying, employment discrimination, racial and religious
profiling. Since September 11th, UNITED SIKHS has formed the
International Civil & Human Rights Advocacy
(ICHRA) Directorate, whose primary focus is to protect the civil &
human rights of Sikhs. Because of their distinct external religious
identity, Sikhs are still being targeted for bias-based and
discriminatory treatment, even after 10 years.
UNITED SIKHS is commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11th,
not only by endorsing the Statement of Principles but by participating
in interfaith memorial events throughout USA. Moreover, UNITED SIKHS
Legal Director, Jaspreet Singh, will be speaking at a Conference, 9-11
After Ten Years: Cultural, Personal, and Historical Perspectives,
hosted by at John Jay College.
Additionally, we are commemorating the 10th anniversary with a call to
the community to get more involved in education and awareness efforts.
We encourage you to educate yourself about your rights and to educate
others about Sikhism. Hate crimes and other forms of discriminatory
behavior are rooted in fear and ignorance. We should do our part to
educate ourselves and others and work towards a more peaceful world.
To encourage this process of education and outreach, UNITED SIKHS is
releasing Know Your Rights Materials, Sikh Awareness Powerpoints, and
an Interactive Blog. Senior Staff Attorney, Hansdeep Singh,
commenting on the the anniversary of 9/11 stated that "Ten years after
9/11, the Sikh community must move beyond mere reflection, we must
continue to educate, we must continue to empower."
The first release is of the Know Your Rights materials, in the form of informational pamphlets and cards.
We encourage you to read these materials and learn about your rights
and what to do when they are violated. Distribute these pamphlets and
cards at your local Gurdwara, community center, places of work, and
schools. Use these materials to host discussion sessions about Sikhs
and Sikhism. Keep a lookout in the coming weeks for the release of Sikh
Awareness powerpoints that you can use to host Sikh Awareness training
In addition to the inter-faith events UNITED SIKHS is participating all
over the U.S., we encourage you to take a look at the list of events
below, happening across the country, and get involved.
How can you help? Raise your voice! Educate others about Sikhism !
Contact us for material on Sikh Awareness by clicking here! Donate to our ongoing advocacy work by clicking here!
Take a look at the calendar of events surrounding the 10th anniversary
of 9/11 below. Please show your support by attending these events, also
consider participating in these events to provide a Sikh perspective,
to honor the victims of 9/11 and promote a peaceful tomorrow:
Support advocacy work to put an end to discrimination against
Sikhs. Volunteer with UNITED SIKHS, and Donate to our civil rights
advocacy projects. Volunteer with UNITED SIKHS, and Donate to our civil rights advocacy projects.
- UNITED SIKHS Legal Director, Jaspreet
Singh, will be speaking at a Conference, 9-11 After Ten Years:
Cultural, Personal, and Historical Perspectives, hosted by at John Jay
Law College on Sept. 9, click here for more information.
- National Week of Action: Reflecting on Our
Loss and Reclaiming Our Rights Hosted by Rights Working Group from
September 11th -17th across the country, click here to view a map of events and find out more about how to get involved.
- An America for All of Us Campaign led by South Asian Americans Leading Together, click here to view events taking place across the country and find out more about how to get involved.
- Prepare New York is a coalition of
interfaith organizations who are hosting a series of events surrounding
the 10th anniversary of 9/11, click here to learn more and get involved in these events.
- New York Civil Liberties Union 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the corner of Church Street and Park Place.
- Inter-Faith Conference at Georgetown University from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10th. RSVP Required.
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communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of
society through civic, educational and personal development programs,
by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.
UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking
between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful
projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to
promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns
UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations
and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that
there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow
beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic
service and social progress on behalf of the common good.
Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil
its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow
beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political
exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are
realized by all.
We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the
development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made
possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment
to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and
achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.