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November is California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month

Have you hugged a Sikh today? (Photo: Karaminder Ghuman)

Have you hugged a Sikh today? (Photo: Karaminder Ghuman)

As it did in 2010 and 2012, the California state legislature has declared November 2013 as “Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month” across the state. The bill (Assembly Concurrent Resolution 25) was introduced by¬†Assemblymember Robert Wieckowski, and it passed through the State Assembly and Senate in September. From the resolution:

California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month poster from the Sikh Coalition.

California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month poster from the Sikh Coalition.

Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature hereby designates the month
of November 2013 to be California’s Sikh American Awareness and
Appreciation Month; and be it further
Resolved, That the Legislature recognizes and acknowledges the
significant contributions made by Californians of Sikh heritage to
our state, and by adoption of this resolution, seeks to afford all
Californians the opportunity to better understand, recognize, and
appreciate the rich history and shared principles of Sikh Americans;

The full text provides an historical summary of Sikh American contribution to the State of California, and is available here.

The proclamation provides an opportunity for Sikh Americans to engage with their communities. To that end, the Sikh Coalition has been facilitating these opportunities as part of their California Sikh Awareness Month campaign, offering support, resources and advice for those wishing to commemorate the month and educate their neighbors about Sikh Americans.

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