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UNITED SIKHS: Filling Gaps in Community Oral Health Needs

Highlights:

  • UNITED SIKHS’ team provided free medical and oral health screenings
  • Promoting Oral Health and Dental care in the Sikh Community
  • Click here for more information on CEED Projects and how you can volunteer to help.

New York/New Jersey, USA – Results from an ongoing study conducted by UNITED SIKHS and partners, within the Sikh American community in New York, show that more than half (53%) of all Sikh South Asian surveyed members have never received a check-up or screening from a dentist. Identifying and acting upon this need, UNITED SIKHS’ Community Empowerment and Education Directorate (CEED) team provided free medical and oral health screenings: on April 7, 2013 at the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar in Port Reading, NJ; on April 21, 2013 at the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill, NY; and on June 2, 2013 at the Gurdwara Sikh Sabha in Port Reading, NJ.

Supported by the Dentaquest Foundation’s National Community Committee Oral Health Initiative, this was the first time our health projects focused on oral health and its relationship with chronic medical conditions, such as, diabetes and hypertension. Our partners in this undertaking are the New York University Prevention Research Center, New York University College of Dentistry, many Gurdwaras across New York and New Jersey and community members.

The highlight of the event was addressing oral health promotion in the Sikh American communities in New York and New Jersey, and built a capacity for community engagement for oral health. The four-hour oral health screenings attracted over one hundred and fifty participants who took advantage of our fifty volunteers providing language support and access to oral health services such as proper teeth cleaning and flossing, preventing cavities, oral health tips, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, oral cancer screenings and oral health awareness.

Screening

Gurjeet Kaur, a community member who attended said, “It was a wonderful event and was very helpful. At the oral screening, I found that I had a cavity which I will get taken care of. I learned how to take better care of my teeth. The event was very well organized and all the volunteers were very helpful.”

Dr. Rucha Kaur, CEED manager, UNITED SIKHS, expressed her excitement of the event saying, “This is an example of community-academic collaboration where we are building upon projects we have previously undertaken in the community. More than half (53%) of all Sikh South Asian surveyed members, in our study, had never received a check-up or screening from a dentist. We recognized the crucial gap in the health needs of our community members and brought resources and partners to address and educate the community.”

Health providers were faculty and students from NYU College of Dentistry, individual doctors, medical assistants and dental hygienists, who volunteered their time and expertise. Each participant was given an information brochure to take with them detailing oral care and its importance.

Issued By:

Dr. Seema Kaur Director,

Community Empowerment and Education Directorate (CEED)

UNITED SIKHS

Tel: 1-646-688-3525 ceed-usa@unitedsikhs.org

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Reminder:Grand Opening of Sikh Heritage Photo Exhibition Today

Grand Opening of Sikh Heritage Photo Exhibition Today

Atlanta, Georgia: UNITED SIKHS is proud to invite you and your families on behalf of the Gurudwara, Guru Nanak Mission Society of Atlanta to attend the grand opening of the Sikh heritage photo exhibition.

Program of Grand Opening on Saturday, April 6

Venue: 1158 Rockbridge Road, Norcross, GA 30093
Date: April 1st – 20th
Reception & Refreshment: 4 PM
Grand Opening Ceremony: 5 PM
Guru Ka Langar: 6 PM

Gurudwara Sahib aims to create awareness of the historical significance of the Sikh community and its legacy through its exhibits. The exhibition is featuring photo displays of rare art and artifacts of Sikh heritage including Kalgi of Guru Gobind Singh, painting, photographs, and manuscripts.

Guru Gobind Singh gifted his personal belongings, arms, and handwritten manuscripts to his followers, which are preserved as rare collections. His handwritten and signed hukumnamas (commandments) are preserved in museums at Sikh Takhts (Primary Shrines). A strong urge to protect and preserve the Sikh history, its distinct identity and culture was posed. Various Sikh groups made sustained efforts to create a collection of documents and to build a repository that includes clothes, monuments, rare jewelry, ornaments, rare frescoes, tapestries, manuscripts and numismatics associated with the Sikh gurus and emperors.

Katar of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Kirpan of Guru Teg Bahadur Singh Ji
Guru Gobind Singh’s Katar, Size 20”x30” Kirpan of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji
Both Relics are in the collection of the Maharaja of Patiala at Moti Bagh Palace

The photo displays in the exhibits are:

  • Chola (robe) of Guru Nanak Sahib,
  • Personal belongings of Guru Hargobind Sahib,
  • Images of rare manuscripts,
  • Illustrated folios,
  • Hukumnamas (commandments),
  • A beautiful personal Kirpal (scimitar) of Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Breast plate with gold inscription of Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Historic khanda used at the time of the formation of the Khalsa,
  • A bed-sheet of the Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Panchkala Shastra (weapon) of Guru Gobind Singh,
  • A chakki (grindstone) used to grind flour for Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Rare photographs of the collection of artifacts in the Toshakhana of the Golden Temple,
  • A shield from the armies of Maharaja Ranjit Singh,
  • Photographs of valuable relics.

For more information please contact Gurudwara Sahib at 770-931-3490, email: atlanta.gurdwara@gmail.com.

Issued By
Jasminder Kaur
888-243-1690

 

UNITED SIKHS Welcomes Appointment of Melissa Rogers As New White House Faith Based Director

Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

New York, NY, March 15, 2013:  UNITED SIKHS  welcomes the appointment of Melissa Rogers as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Continue reading ‘UNITED SIKHS Welcomes Appointment of Melissa Rogers As New White House Faith Based Director’ »

Sikhs Ask Canadian PM to Raise France’s Turban Ban at Meeting with French PM

Sikhs Ask Canadian PM to Raise France’s Turban Ban at Meeting with French PM . 

Harper Should Raise France’s Turban Ban at Meeting with French Prime Minister: Canadian Liberal Leader.

Highlights:

  • UNITED SIKHS wrote recently to the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, requesting him to raise his objection to the French turban ban during his meeting this week with his counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault.
  • Sikhs globally believe that a ban on the turban is a betrayal of France’s motto- Liberté, égalité, fraternité.
  • Canadian Liberal Leader Bob Rae said in a statement today, “If we are to be a defender of rights, we must defend them around the world, including in France. We would encourage Mr. Harper to have a frank and open discussion with his French counterpart on this issue”.
  • Canadian Sikhs have also asked all Canadian Members of National and Provincial Parliaments to release similar statements supporting a Sikh’s right to his turban, urging Mr. Harper to raise this issue with the French PM. Continue reading ‘Sikhs Ask Canadian PM to Raise France’s Turban Ban at Meeting with French PM’ »

First Sikh American Offers Prayers at the 67th United Nations General Assembly Opening Session

Community Update

First Sikh American Offers Prayers at the 67th United Nations General Assembly Opening Session!

Highlights:

  • Jatinder P. Singh, a Sikh American and an Associate Director, UNITED SIKHS, offers prayers at the 67th United Nations (UN) General Assembly opening session conducted in the General Assembly building of the UN.
  • Over 1500 attendees, including UN President H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic and leaders from various religious organizations across the globe, joined hands to promote messages of world peace.
  • UNITED SIKHS is the first Sikh UN-DPI affiliated organization and is recognized by the United Nations since December 2007.
  • Click here to see the prayer. Continue reading ‘First Sikh American Offers Prayers at the 67th United Nations General Assembly Opening Session’ »

UNITED SIKHS highly recommends ‘My First Sikh Books’-A set of children’s board books designed to empower pre-school to Grade-1 Sikh girls and boys and their peers.

Atlanta GA: UNITED SIKHS has added My First Sikh Books in its recommendation list for Sikh Awareness Through Libraries (SATL) project. This set is a perfect resource that empowers preschool through Grade 1 children and their peers about the Sikh identity.

My First Sikh Books is a packaged set of two board books: My First Kaur Book and My First Singh Book. These books are designed to instill pride and confidence in young minds, as they leave the comfortable setting of their homes to enter their first classrooms, where they will become aware of their identity for the very first time.This is a much needed resource for little ones entering schools and a must for their classrooms.

   Continue reading ‘UNITED SIKHS highly recommends ‘My First Sikh Books’-A set of children’s board books designed to empower pre-school to Grade-1 Sikh girls and boys and their peers.’ »

UNITED SIKHS, along with other NGOs meets with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to discuss on growing Human Rights concerns

October 24th, New York: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay met with over 20 NGOs on  October 24th at the UN Church Center in New York to address the growing human rights concerns  and also shared the updates on OHCHR’s activities. The meeting was moderated by Vice Chair for NGO Committee on Human Rights, Dr. Bobbi Nassar.

The Commissioner gave an overview of the OHCHR’s 2011-2012 activities. This included the workings of the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, and, a great increase in the number of instances in which human rights (and the OHCHR) is gaining strength at the UN and in “post-2015 development” discussions. “The growing recognition of the centrality of human rights in the peace, security, development and humanitarian agendas, and trust in OHCHR is very rewarding,” Ms. Pillay noted. However, she warned that financial constraints are limiting the resources required to support her office’s mandated activities.

UNITED SIKHS questioned about the ban of conspicuous symbols such as turbans and headgears in schools and in general(in specific countries)which violate the very essence of human rights. The High Commissioner responded saying that “A faith group and minority have the right to practice and manifest their culture, religion and identity without discrimination and I oppose these principles and standards when I raise these matters with government. They have to find balance to accommodate diversity.”

US will continue advocating for equal rights as enshrined in the charter of UN.

 

Learn about How the U.S. Department of State Can Help U.S. Citizens Residing or Traveling Abroad in Personal Crisis (including Victims of Forced Marriage and Crime Abroad).

Please join the upcoming national webinar – the first of its kind – which will feature guest presenters from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Overseas Citizens Services who will outline the ways in which they can assist U.S. citizens abroad.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, and for the issuance of passports and other documentation to U.S. citizens and nationals. CA’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services advises and supports U.S. citizens and our embassies and consulates around the world in matters such as forced marriage, crime victim assistance, deaths and estates, arrests, citizenship and nationality, among others. To assist U.S. citizens who may be planning to visit or reside overseas, the Office of Overseas Citizens Services issues consular information sheets, travel warnings and public announcements which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security.

Please click -https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/460423399 to register for the webinar – space is limited, so sign up soon! Participants are asked to submit questions in advance when they register; webinar log in information will be emailed after you sign up.

UNITED SIKHS represents Sikh Community at the Annual Event of UN SUB-COMMITTEE FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACISM

UNITED SIKHS participated and represented Sikh Community at the SACRED SEASON PROGRAM organized by Sub-Committee for the Elimination of Racism on October 18th at Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office in New York. The event invited leaders and speakers from different communities and religions to get together and converse on their views on the topic: THE IMPACT OF RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY AND BELIEFS ON RACISM, MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT. The event was facilitated by Dr. Bobbi Nassar, Co-Chair Ngo Committee on Human Rights and Mr. Bruce Knotts, Chair Ngo Committee On Human Rights.

Prabhkaran Singh, staff attorney with UNITED SIKHS was one of the speakers and represented Sikh Community at the event. “We as Sikhs believe that there is only one God, the same God for people of all religions. One of the motto of Sikhism and the UNITED SIKHS tag line is to “Recognize the Human Race as One”, essentially a class-less society where racism is not permitted. Every one should be allowed to exercise their right to freedom of movement & and residence within the borders of each state.” said Prabhkaran Singh. Bruce Knots in his closing remarks spoke about the challenges Sikh community has been facing since 9/11 and commended the community for its persistence.

MEDIA INVITE: 2012 Annual Sikh Summit in Washington DC

UNITED SIKHS Invites the Media for a Press Conference onct 3rd at the Hart Senate Office Building, Outside room 503
Time: From 10:30 am – 11:30am

Join us at the SIKH SUMMIT 2012 – 1st Oct – 3rd Oct

Sikh participants from across the USA are here in DC from Oct 1 – Oct 3 to stop incidents like the Wisconsin tragedy from occurring again. Meetings will be with senate select committee members, legislative-aids/Chief-of-Staff on: Intelligence, Armed Services, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Education and Government Commissions that review violations of Religious Freedom that make policy recommendations to the president, the secretary of State and Congress.

Sikh Summit opening briefing will be today at 8:30am – 9:00am in the conference center of Hotel Harrington (436 11th Street, N.W. (corner of 11th & E Streets, N.W.) Washington, DC 20004-4389. Contact phone: 973-294-5602201-543-8806, 510-504-3374

Bring your issues to your congressman. Write to us at sikhsummit2012@unitedsikhs.org.

Washington DC: UNITED SIKHS invites the media to attend the press conference on Oct 3rd, 10:30am – 11:30am outside of Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office, Room 503, Hart Senate Office Building. This press conference will highlight the achievements and roadmap for the coming years for the Sikh Community within the United States.

Speakers will talk about the achievements and the discussions on issues impacting the Sikh community on-

Hate Crimes and Xenophobia
TSA: Right to Turban at Airports
Employment Discrimination (EEOC)
Other National Security Issues
Bullying Prevention
Census: Recogniztion of Sikhs as Both a Religion and Ethnicity
Religious Accomodation
Freedom of Religion and Belief
Domestic Extremism
Global Human Rights

Issued By:
Manwinder Singh, Director
International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy
UNITED SIKHS
Tel: 1-973-294-5602, 646-688-3525, ;1-888-243-1690
Fax: 1-810-885-4264
Email: unitedsikhs-usa@unitedsikhs.org
http://www.unitedsikhs.org