February 19, 2004                                       8th Phalgun, 535 Nanakshahi

URGENT ACTION ALERT
 
A JOINT APPEAL FROM CONGRESSMEN MIKE HONDA AND BRAD SHERMAN'S OFFICES TO THE SIKH COMMUNITY:
 
 CALL YOUR LOCAL CONGRESSMEN, ENCOURAGING THEM TO CO-SPONSER RESOLUTION 528.

 

On February 10, 2004, the French National Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill that will ban the wearing of articles of faith in public schools. Later this month the French Senate will vote on this Bill. The proposed law will ban the wearing of the Muslim Headscarf ( Hijab); Sikh Turban, the Jewish Kippa and large Christian crosses. 

 

In response, UNITED SIKHS along with other Sikh organizations have been working diligently with U.S. Congressmen to introduce a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives denouncing this French bill.

 

As a result, Congressman Brad Sherman along with Congressman Mike Honda introduced House Resolution 528, which calls on the French Government to “modify or abandon its ban on religious articles and symbols in state schools.”

 

Today, Congressman Sherman’s office is circulating the resolution to other members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

Khalsa Ji, please immediately contact your representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor Resolution 528.

 

To determine your representative’s name and contact information, please go to http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/ and type in your zip code.  The name of your representative will appear on the following webpage. 

 

Khalsa Ji, when you call your representative, please follow these steps:

 

  1. Kindly introduce yourself.
  2. Let them know that you live in the representative’s district.
  3. Kindly Say:  “I am calling with regard to House Resolution 528 that Congressman Sherman’s Office has been circulating for all members of the House to co-sponsor.”
  4. Let them know that House Resolution 528 is regarding the French bill that bans the wearing of articles of faith in public schools.
  5. Kindly request your representative to co-sponsor this resolution.

      

If possible, request to speak to a legislative assistant or foreign affairs staff person who can handle this matter. Please repeat steps 1-5 and proceed to the following steps:

 

  1. State that House Resolution 528 urges the French Government to modify or abandon this ban on articles of faith in public schools.
  2. State: if the French bill is passed it will result in Sikh schoolchildren not being able to wear their Turbans in public schools.  State that the Turban is a mandatory requirement of the Sikh faith.
  3. State: In addition, the French bill will prohibit the wearing of the Hijab (headscarf) by Muslim women; large crosses by Christians and Kippa( skullcap) by Jewish students.   

For more information on what UNITED SIKHS is doing to oppose the French bill that bans articles of faith in public schools, please visit:

http://www.unitedsikhs.org/us-eu/petitions/RightToTurban.htm

 

To view Resolution 528 introduced jointly by Congressman Brad Sherman and Congressman Mike Honda)  plese visit:
http://www.unitedsikhs.org/us-na/sacred/france/congress/HRes528.pdf

 

If your representative should want to read a message from Congressmen Brad Sherman and Mike Honda, please refer them to the 'Dear Colleague' letter at:

http://www.unitedsikhs.org/us-na/sacred/france/congress/HeadscarfDearColleague.htm

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