ikh activists in the United States have launched a petition demanding that Kamala Harris apologize for supporting employment discrimination against a Sikh job applicant during her tenure as California’s attorney general in 2011.
A number of American Sikhs won local races in various jurisdictions around the country during the 2018 midterms.
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A long time and proud resident of Bakersfield, California, Balmeet Singh was assaulted and had his life threatened by an individual invoking racist slurs outside a restaurant two nights ago. In this blog post, he recounts and reflects on the experience. Many thanks to Balmeet for sharing his thoughts about the incident.
Co-blogged with Sundari. The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights organization, was recently asked to present to a group of inmates at San Quentin State Prison in Northern California. Organized by the Asian Prisoner Support Committee, which has a weekly class inside San Quentin State Prison called SQ ROOTS (Restoring Our Original True Selves), the organization was asked to make a presentation about the Sikh community. The class is modeled after Asian American Studies courses, covering topics such as history, culture, […]
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: 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 […]
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Even though I was aware of Yuba City, California, and its agricultural base, I was still struck yesterday by the numerous large and mature orchards that lined the highway on my route to the 34th annual Yuba City Sikh Parade (considered the largest Nagar Kirtan or Sikh religious procession in the United States). Many of these orchards are owned by Sikh Americans who settled in the area since the turn to the twentieth century, and which today still are operated […]
The largest of its kind in America, the 34th annual Yuba City Nagar Kirtan (Sikh religious procession) is taking place this weekend, centered at the Sikh Temple Yuba City in Yuba City, California. The festivities begin on Friday, November 1, and culminates in the religious procession on Sunday, November 3: Yuba City Annual Sikh Inauguration Festival Events Schedule: Friday: 8 pm Kirtan Darbar followed by fireworks. Saturday: 9am Raising of Nishan Sahib Sikh flag followed by kirtan. 2 pm Open […]
On Saturday, November 2, 2013, a group of cyclists will be riding in the second annual Sikh Century Ride, a 100-mile route that begins in the historic city of Stockton, California and ends in Yuba City, where the largest Nagar Kirtan festivities in the United States will be taking place: We’re at it again! To commemorate the 100+ year history of Sikhs in the US and celebrate Sikh Awareness Month in California, the Sikh Century Ride will take place on […]
The Chico News & Review profiles a fledgling Sikh congregation in Chico, California, a small town in northern California: On a recent Sunday, the diwan’s attendance numbered about a dozen, predominantly made up of women in traditional Indian garb, with long scarves covering their heads. Also present were a few men, most dressed in slacks and button-up shirts, and a pair of young boys who fidgeted—as boys of any faith might do—throughout the diwan, their actions intermittently corrected by stern […]