1st Vaisakh (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi)
This Vaisakhi - The Khalsa Does its Duty
Vaisakhi let us reflect on a new beginning that gives
us Compassion (Daya), Disclipine (Dharam), Courage (Himmat),
Strength (Mohkam) and make us all Masters (Sahib) of our destiny.
join hands and follow the path set by our Guru so that justice, peace
and prosperity prevails for all.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, we know that this does not come easy. The
panth continues to face challenges - be it in France where Sikhs are
forced to remove their dastaar at school or for their ID photo; in
European airports where Sikhs are made to remove their turban for
security screening; in India- where Balwant Singh Rajoana is
facing the death penalty; in Pakistan- where the Sikh victims from
the on-going war are still awaiting reparation; in Afghanistan- where
Sikh victims are not only awaiting reparation but are denied their
basic right to educate, burn their dead and don't have enough
security for women and children; in the UK where students continue to
face difficulty wearing a Kirpan to school; in USA where hatecrimes and
discrimination continue and there is no equal opportunity to serve
in the armed forces; in Canada - where Sikhs are forced to wear helmets
at work. However, UNITED SIKHS volunteers continue to work hard to make
sure that the strength of the Khalsa helps the community fight
Through our annual Global Conference bringing together human and
civil rights advocates from around the world or through our Annual
Global and Civil Rights Report, we continue to shed light on the most
pressing issues of the global Sikh nation, and continue to fight for
the free practice of the Sikh faith.
UNITED SIKHS in its 11 chapters works day and night to make sure that
peace, justice and compassion prevails for all. This doesn't come easy,
and requires a lot of sacrfices by a number of volunteers,
members, who have given their countless hours to protect, fight,
educate and promote the actions reflecting on "Recognize the Human Race
as One". Also this wouldn't happen without the love, guidance and
support of all of you who read this message.
Please VOLUNTEER with us and provide YOUR FINANCIAL
SUPPORT to keep
this work alive.
UNITED SIKHS Volunteers in Action
A few highlights where our legal
helped secure victory in keeping the Sikh Identity in the last year:
A few highlights of our humanitarian aid
· Africa Aid
· Japan Earthquake
· Pakistan Floods
· Panjab Floods
· Blood Donation
A few highlights of our Community and
Empowerment Division (CEED) teams:
We at UNITED SIKHS marvel at the
transcendent power that comes when humans leap selflessly
into service and social justice activism. We pray to be
simple, humble and brave.
UNITED SIKHS Global Volunteer Team
Contact availability: http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php
To transform underprivileged and minority 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 and cities.
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