Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund SALDEF is a national Sikh American media, policy, and education organization. Founded 1996. www.saldef.org. We envision a United States where all Americans are respected and recognized as a vibrant and integral part of the fabric of this nation.
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SALDEF maintains a full-time staff with offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA.

SALDEF maintains a full-time staff with offices in Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA.

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The concept "model minority" is generally traced to a 1966 article in The New York Times Magazine by the sociologist Wil...
12/21/2020
The Truth Behind Indian American Exceptionalism

The concept "model minority" is generally traced to a 1966 article in The New York Times Magazine by the sociologist William Petersen, which focused on Japanese Americans; the basic idea was extended to other Asian Americans. Of course, the notion of “model minorities” comes with a flip side—“problem minorities.” The Atlantic

Many of us are unaware of the special circumstances that eased our entry into American life—and of the bonds we share with other nonwhite groups.

SikhLEADs competitive positions have advanced the Sikh policy agenda and given Sikh American students or recent graduate...
12/17/2020

SikhLEADs competitive positions have advanced the Sikh policy agenda and given Sikh American students or recent graduates unique opportunities to progress in their respective paths. The application deadline is January 17, 2021. Early applications are given priority. Apply at www.SALDEF.org/SikhLEAD #SikhLEAD #Sikh #SikhAmerican

Central Unified School District is considering officially letting Sikh students wear a small blade called the kirpan, on...
12/16/2020
Sikh Kids Could Wear Symbolic Blade at School Under Proposed District Policy - GV Wire

Central Unified School District is considering officially letting Sikh students wear a small blade called the kirpan, one of the five symbols of the Sikh faith, while they are in school. #Sikh #SikhAmerican

Central Unified trustees will consider a policy change to allow Sikh students to wear at school a small blade, the kirpan, that is a symbol of their faith.

12/16/2020
SALDEF Opened the Door for me to Capitol Hill

My name is Kiran Kaur Ahluwalia, and I was in the 2018 SikhLEAD Summer Internship cohort, where I interned with Senator Dianne Feinstein's in her Capitol Hill office. After graduating in May from American University, I began looking for my first job. With the help of SALDEF and my experience with SikhLEAD, I am now working full time in Senator Feinstein's office and one of the handful of Sikh Americans on Capitol Hill. #sikhlead

Along a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi where thousands of protesting farmers have been camping for three weeks, s...
12/16/2020
Sikh Tradition of Community Kitchens Sustains India's Farmers Protest

Along a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi where thousands of protesting farmers have been camping for three weeks, scores of volunteers roll out Indian bread called “rotis,” stir vegetables in gigantic pots, brew tea and fry savories. Voice of America - VOA #sikh #seva #langar

Along a highway on the outskirts of New Delhi where thousands of protesting farmers have been camping for three weeks, scores of volunteers roll out Indian bread called “rotis,” stir vegetables in gigantic pots, brew tea and fry savories. All through the day, makeshift kitchens that have sprung ...

Georgia, early voting has started for the Jan 5th run off election! Do you have a voting plan? #sikhvote #sikhamericans
12/14/2020

Georgia, early voting has started for the Jan 5th run off election! Do you have a voting plan? #sikhvote #sikhamericans

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, co-chair of the American Sikh Caucus, along with caucus members Reps. Jim Costa and Shelia Jac...
12/14/2020
American Sikh Caucus Co-Chair Rep. John Garamendi Supports Indian Farmers

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, co-chair of the American Sikh Caucus, along with caucus members Reps. Jim Costa and Shelia Jackson Lee, sent a letter to Ambassador of India to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu expressing solidarity with protesters defending their right to peacefully protest. #Sikh #SikhAmerican

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, co-chair of the American Sikh Caucus, along with caucus members Reps. Jim Costa and Shelia Jackson Lee, sent a letter to Ambassador of India to the

Councilwoman Adrienne Adams and Assemblyman David Weprin joined Sikh members of the Richmond Hill community on Nov. 30 f...
12/11/2020
Richmond Hill's Sikh community celebrates unveiling of street co-naming signage – QNS.com

Councilwoman Adrienne Adams and Assemblyman David Weprin joined Sikh members of the Richmond Hill community on Nov. 30 for the unveiling of Gurdwara Street at 97th Avenue between 117th Street and Lefferts Boulevard.

Councilwoman Adrienne Adams and Assemblyman David Weprin joined Sikh members of the Richmond Hill community on Nov. 30 for the unveiling of Gurdwara Street at

Thank you Congressman John Garamendi Co-Chair along with Congressman Jim Costa of the Sikh Caucus for sending this lette...
12/10/2020

Thank you Congressman John Garamendi Co-Chair along with Congressman Jim Costa of the Sikh Caucus for sending this letter to Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu. SALDEF supports all humanities inalienable right to freedom of assembly and thanks the Congressmen for their leadership and support on this issue. #Sikh #SikhAmerican #kissan

“Farmers are the soul of any nation. We must protect our soul. People around the world, including many cities in the US ...
12/10/2020
Sikh-Americans hold protest rallies in US cities against farm laws in India

“Farmers are the soul of any nation. We must protect our soul. People around the world, including many cities in the US and Canada, have come together to dispose of the bills that will open India's agricultural market to the private sector; allowing major corporations to take over independent farming communities and dilute crops' market value,” said Indiana-based Gurinder Singh Khalsa.
#Sikh #SikhAmericans #kisaanektazindabaad

On Saturday, there was a gathering of Sikh-Americans in Chicago and a protest rally in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington DC Hundreds of Sikh-Americans have held peaceful protest rallies in several cities across the US in support of the Indian farmers who have been protesting against the new....

Across the country, people have been gathering in support of the farmers of India. This past weekend in San Fransisco ro...
12/08/2020
Thousands rally in support of Indian farmers - The San Francisco Examiner

Across the country, people have been gathering in support of the farmers of India. This past weekend in San Fransisco roughly 10,000 people in 2,00 cars converged in the Bay Area at the Indian Consulate before finishing with a rally at Middle Harbor Shoreline park in Oakland. #Sikh #SikhAmericans #kisaanektazindabaad

large car caravan protest slows traffic on Bay Bridge

Apply now for the 2021 SikhLEAD Internship Program and learn to make change through Policy and Legislation! Click here t...
12/08/2020

Apply now for the 2021 SikhLEAD Internship Program and learn to make change through Policy and Legislation! Click here to apply: http://saldef.org/sikhlead #SikhLEAD #Sikh #SikhAmerican

SALDEF is saddened by the recent loss of two icons of the Sikh American community: Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany and Sardar ...
12/08/2020

SALDEF is saddened by the recent loss of two icons of the Sikh American community: Dr. Narinder Singh Kapany and Sardar Ujagar Singh this past week.
While we will mourn their loss, we also will celebrate their accomplishments and send out heartfelt condolences and ardaas to their families and loved ones.
Read more about these iconic men: https://saldef.org/saldef-mourns-the-loss-of-dr-narinder-singh-kapany-and-s-ujagar-singh/ #sikhamericans #sikh

Posts on social media show the protesters, traveling in a car caravan from around the region, demanding support for Indi...
12/06/2020
Protest In Support Of Indian Farmers Slows Traffic On Bay Bridge

Posts on social media show the protesters, traveling in a car caravan from around the region, demanding support for Indian farmers who are on strike. The California Kisaan Solidarity Car & Truck Rally #FarmerProtest was headed to the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.

A caravan of protesters trying to raise the awareness of a showdown in India between farmers and the government clogged up traffic on the busy San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Saturday afternoon.

Sikh Americans across the country came out this week in support of and in solidarity with over 200,000 Indian farmers wh...
12/05/2020

Sikh Americans across the country came out this week in support of and in solidarity with over 200,000 Indian farmers who are peacefully protesting in Delhi against legislation they believe will negatively impact their way of life. Many protests in the US were organized by Sikh American youth who are actively spreading awareness on the issue. #SikhAmericans #kisaanektazindabaad

Washington D.C. – December 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed H. Res. 5317, a resolution that would rename a po...
12/05/2020

Washington D.C. – December 3, 2020, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed H. Res. 5317, a resolution that would rename a post office in Houston, Texas, after the late Harris County Sheriff’s (HCSO) Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal. SALDEF is pleased that after almost a year of work, the resolution has passed with bipartisan support. #sikh #sikhamericans https://saldef.org/senate-passes-bill-to-name-post-office-in-honor-of-deputy-dhaliwal/

Local Sikhs gathered at San Francisco’s Land’s End Wednesday to begin a car caravan to the Indian Consulate. One of the ...
12/04/2020
Protests By Sikh Farmers In India Prompt Demonstration At San Francisco Consulate

Local Sikhs gathered at San Francisco’s Land’s End Wednesday to begin a car caravan to the Indian Consulate. One of the protesters, Prabhjot Singh of San Jose added that “The moment you start taking away farming from a society that’s largely farming-based, you will run into an issue and that’s why we’re seeing such great opposition.”

Massive civil unrest is happening in the Punjab region of India over changes to the agricultural system there. But, it is part of a larger struggle that is reaching across the world to the Bay Area.

Georgia runoff election registration deadline is coming up! December 7th, 2020 #SikhVOTE
12/04/2020

Georgia runoff election registration deadline is coming up! December 7th, 2020 #SikhVOTE

Looking forward to this conversation with Sikh Student Associations across the county today being hosted by @gwsikhs   #...
12/03/2020

Looking forward to this conversation with Sikh Student Associations across the county today being hosted by @gwsikhs #sikhamericans #seva #socialjuatice #advocate

This Friday, December 4th, 2020, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia youth are holding a protest in front of the Indian Embassy...
12/03/2020

This Friday, December 4th, 2020, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia youth are holding a protest in front of the Indian Embassy to exercise their basic right to freedom of assembly. #sikh #sikhamerican

12/02/2020

The 2021 SikhLEAD Summer Internship Program applications are OPEN! Apply now at www.saldef.org/SikhLEAD

Sikhs from across the world on Monday celebrated the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru or leade...
12/01/2020
In Pictures : Sikhs mark Guru Nanak’s 551st birth anniversary

Sikhs from across the world on Monday celebrated the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the first Sikh guru or leader. #Gurpurab #Sikh #SikhAmerican Aljazeera America

Thousands of devotees in various countries celebrate one of the most important festivals in the Sikh religion.

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of farmers have made their way to India’s capital to protest new agricultural ...
12/01/2020
Farmers' protests against India's new agriculture laws follow long Sikh tradition

Over the past few days, tens of thousands of farmers have made their way to India’s capital to protest new agricultural measures that favor large corporations and disadvantage everyday farmers. In response, the Indian government has deployed thousands of police officers and paramilitary troops.
#Sikhs #FarmersProtest #IStandWithFarmers

(RNS) — Protest is not new to Sikhs; rather, it permeates Sikh history, past and present.

Rajinder Narang was one of the founders of the Capital Region's first Gurdwara. He shared his background and offered ins...
12/01/2020
Faces of Faith: Capital Region Sikh discusses his faith

Rajinder Narang was one of the founders of the Capital Region's first Gurdwara. He shared his background and offered insights into the Sikh faith for Times Union readers. #SikhAmericans #seva #sikhmedia

Rajinder Narang was one of the founding members of this area’s first gurdwara, the Sikh...

11/30/2020

Happy Gurpurab from the SALDEF Team. 📸 19th century mural painting from Gurdwara Baba #gurpurab

Karm Bains was elected to the 4th District County Supervisor seat on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, making him ...
11/27/2020
Sutter County Board of Supervisors to swear in first elected Sikh-American member

Karm Bains was elected to the 4th District County Supervisor seat on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, making him the first Sikh American to serve on a U.S. county board of supervisors. Bains added, “I will listen to the residents, seek out opinions, provide solutions and lead with integrity, kindness and humility.”

YUBA CITY, Calif. (KTXL) — Karm Bains was elected to the 4th District County Supervisor seat on the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, making him the first Sikh American to serve on a U.S. county …

11/27/2020

Are you interested in interning with your elected officials? Do you know someone who is? Apply now or share with friends and family. www.saldef.org/SikhLEAD #sikhlead

Happy Thanksgiving from the SALDEF team.
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving from the SALDEF team.

Two of the busiest travel days of the year are around the Thanksgiving Holiday. While the CDC is recommending people sta...
11/25/2020

Two of the busiest travel days of the year are around the Thanksgiving Holiday. While the CDC is recommending people stay home according to TSA millions are planning on traveling. Here are some recommendations for those of us going to visit friends and family. #sikhamericans

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