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LA celebrates Vaisakhi 2010: Special emphasis on counting Sikhs correctly in Census

The City of Los Angeles and the Sikh community of Southern California came together to celebrate 311 years of formation of the Khalsa on April 4, 2010. For this years celebration, the main focus was on census 2010 and the campaign of getting a separate count for Sikhs in future Census products.

Jesse Singh, a resident of San Diego, who as been a front runner in this campaign for more than 6 months now spoke at the event and said, “Statistics tells a lot about a communities history over time, trends, enumeration – the actual amount of Sikhs living in the U.S – this alone transcends into other statistics like commerce data – jobs, employment discrimination, mentioning of Sikhs in American textbooks on a national platform, it brings awareness to the Sikh community by non-Sikhs.”

Jesse especially thanked UNITED SIKHS and their legal team for their efforts in the past for “taking the bull by the horns”. Jesse Singh with Bibi Ji, Yogi Bhajan Ji's wife, and Jagjit Singh

If you haven’t received your Census form yet, please go to http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/ to find the closest assistance center and get your form.

EEOC provides update on number of cases filed for employment discrimination since 9/11

According to the latest EEOC report forwarded to UNITED SIKHS, between 9/11/2001 and 3/11/2010, 1,024 charges were filed under Title VII alleging post-9/11 backlash employment discrimination. These numbers have more than doubled since 9/11. 5 charges remain open as of 3/11/2010.

As of 3/11/2010, 153 individuals aggrieved by post-9/11 backlash discrimination in employment have received over $4,226,000 in monetary benefits through the administrative efforts of the EEOC.

UNITED SIKHS has been working endlessly with EEOC to solve cases of employment discrimination against Sikhs and has been involved in extensive training efforts to spread awareness amongst the EEOC officials regarding the importance of the five kakaars.

If you have faced any problems or harassment at work due to your kakaars, please contact us at law-usa@unitedsikhs.org. We will make sure your voice is heard. Also, if you wish, we will work with you to conduct trainings for your organization to spread awareness and prevent unpleasant happenings for you and your employer.

Get your Census form from libraries if you didnt receive it yet!!!

It has been brought to attention that Census forms will not be mailed to gurdwaras. Therefore, the religious workers and their families who reside at gurdwaras will not receive their form. Also, due to the ongoing situation with vacant housing, chances are that there will be problems in everyone getting their forms.

If you know someone who did not receive a Census form, make sure you inform them to pick one up from a nearby public library or assistance center. For more information, visit http://2010.census.gov/2010census/take10map/.

If you have any questions or need information, you can also mail us law-usa@unitedsikhs.org.

USCIS releases list of special benefits available to Chilean Nationals in the light of the natural disaster

Washington DC, 14th March 2010: Following the massive earthquake that destroyed Chile and has affected millions, the USCIS released a list of benefits that are available to Chilean Nationals upon request.

Temporary relief measures available to nationals of Chile may include: Continue reading ‘USCIS releases list of special benefits available to Chilean Nationals in the light of the natural disaster’ »

Census Bureau responds to the Sikh Petition

Washington DC, March 13th, 2010: Finally, after a month of waiting, UNITED SIKHS received the first response  from the Census Bureau to the Petition submitted by them to the Office of Management and Budget and the Census Bureau.

In the response, the Bureau said, “With Census Day less than one month away, it is too late to change our procedure for classifying “Sikh” responses to the 2010 Census question on race, without extreme cost and risk to Census Bureau operations. Beyond the 2010 Census, we will consider changes to the processing of the term “Sikh” when it is provided in response to the question on race.” Continue reading ‘Census Bureau responds to the Sikh Petition’ »

Census Official confirms that Sikhs should write “Sikh” in Other Category on the Census form

On March 3, 2010, the Atlanta area Sangat organized a Sikh Complete Count Committee (SCCC) meeting with the Census Bureau. Nigel Rajadurai answered the questions that every Sikh has been asking. Here is a transcript of the Q&A session with the Census Officer:

1 On question 9 – can we write in the word ‘SIKH’ in the “Some other race” category? Yes

2 Will the computer reject the form? No

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Identify yourself as “SIKH” in census 2010

UNITED SIKHS, along with other organizations like Sikh Coalition and the South Asian Coalition of organizations, SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) contacted Karem Humes last year to discuss the coding methodology for Census 2010. The letter sent by Ms. Humes in reply stated that even if a person writes in “Sikh” on the census form, the person would be automatically counted as “Asian Indian.”

However, after receipt of the letter, UNITED SIKHS did not drop the issue. It is important that the Sikh community together join hands to advocate for this cause. And dropping the issue does not help. Continue reading ‘Identify yourself as “SIKH” in census 2010’ »

13th December:Advancing Care Together: Blood Drives: 2 Locations in New Jersey

Upcoming Event: We need volunteers to donate blood and also to assist on this day in Port Reading New Jersey.

Every 2.5 seconds, someone needs blood…It could be a friend, a family member or maybe even you.

LIFE SHARED. LIFE SAVED. SO DONATE BLOOD

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UNITED SIKHS works with Oxford University to promote education in Punjab

usouta_spokesman_article_20091  Dhulka, Punjab, India: 9 Undergraduate students of Oxford University reached Punjab on August 4, 2009 to teach English at local public schools. The main aim of this program is to increase awareness amongst the local children and to encourage them to think beyond borders.

UNITED SIKHS has been running the UNITED SIKHS-Oxford University Travel Aid Project since 2006 with the aim of helping the people of Punjab develop a global mindset and approach. Under the project, undergraduate students from Oxford visit Punjab every year to teach English to the local village children. In addition to teaching them conversational English, the teachers also touch upon technical subjects like maths and science to promote a scientific approach. Continue reading ‘UNITED SIKHS works with Oxford University to promote education in Punjab’ »