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July 10, 2017 to July 14, 2017! UNITED SIKHS will hold its annual Advocacy And Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA) in Washington DC Appy here by June 30, 2017

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UNITED SIKHS is a UN-affiliated, international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. Click here to learn more about us.

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Over the weekend, right-wing and "pro-white" protesters, including members of neo-Nazi organizations and the Ku Klux Klan, arrived in in Charlottesville, Virginia causing Virginia State officials to declare a state of emergency. Racial violence erupted between these groups and members of the Charlottesville community and, according to the Press, a pro-white man acting against the demonstrators purposely rammed his car into a crowd killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring nineteen others, five of them critically.
As worshippers prepare to rebuild the heavily damaged Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Minneapolis, worshippers from all faiths, from all parts of the country, are coming out to defend their muslim brothers and sisters.
Across the country UNITED SIKHS is joining the US Sikh Community to rally for justice after two Sikh American men were shot dead in separate incidents in California. The bruised body of 68-year-old Subag Singh was found in a canal in Fresno last Monday. He'd been missing since June 23rd 2017. In another incident, 20-year-old Simranjit Singh was shot and killed outside of the Sacramento gas station where he worked the following day.
Over the weekend, right-wing and "pro-white" protesters, including members of neo-Nazi organizations and the Ku Klux Klan, arrived in in Charlottesville, Virginia causing Virginia State officials to declare a state of emergency. Racial violence erupted between these groups and members of the Charlottesville community and, according to the Press, a pro-white man acting against the demonstrators purposely rammed his car into a crowd killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring nineteen others, five of them critically.
Melbourne, Australia - The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) will decide at the end of the ongoing hearing if 5 year old Sidhak Singh was discriminated against by the Melton Christian School, when they refused to enrol him last year because he wore a patka, a religious head covering.
"Together with Samparade Kar Seva, Sarhali, we initiated our relief efforts, we have struggled to reach the worst affected areas of Bangladesh due to the high risk of dangers. Our team is committed to receive government authorisation to go beyond to assist." said Jatin Singh UNITED SIKHS Humanitarian Aid coordinator.
UNITED SIKHS invites you to a media conference at Noon on 30th June 2017. To boost our efforts for farmers, UNITED SIKHS is co-organising a 6000 km Walk of Joy India through 13 states, from Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, to Amritsar, Panjab, over 10 months, from 15th July 2017.
Books, personal hygiene items and phone power banks. These are just a few of the items that can be found in the 'bags of comfort' being handed out to those who have been affected by the massive blaze at the Glenfell Tower in West London.
The SIKH SUMMIT is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in civil and human rights, humanitarian aid, and working towards a more inclusive America to see how they can make a real impact. The Congress members UNITED SIKHS, AHAA students and 2016 SUMMIT participants met with last year pledged to stand with the Sikh community to push for action that would protect Sikh Americans.
From July 10, 2017 to July 14, 2017 UNITED SIKHS will hold its 2017 annual SIKH SUMMIT. During the SUMMIT, Sikhs from around the country and the world will meet U.S. representatives in DC to address the concerns of the Sikh community including the increase in hate crimes against Sikhs, allowing Sikhs to self-identify in the 2020 Census, adequate reporting of hate crimes by law enforcement, discrimination against Sikhs throughout history and other topics.
UNITED SIKHS over the Globe
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Certificate of Recognition from Orange County
UNITED SIKHS in Peru, South America
UNITED SIKHS in Australia
Malaysia Good Will Walk
UNITED SIKHS at Greece Camp
Sikhs Stand in Solidarity with the City of Manchester
"Our doors and our hearts are open."
That was the message UNITED SIKHS and members of the local Sikh community sent to the residents of Manchester, England after a deadly suicide bombing claimed the lives of 22 people.
Melbourne, Australia-UNITED SIKHS and the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara Craigeburn honoured on Sunday the principal and a teacher from the Mother of God Christian school in the Ardeer suburb of Melbourne. They were honoured for showing their Christian spirit on 24 th March when they re-tied 5 year old Mansage Singh's Patka, a head wear worn by Sikh children.
In late April I had the privilege of sharing Sikh values and practices with an interfaith community during a trip to the Oinofyta Refugee Camp in Greece. UNITED SIKHS is actively involved in the St Ethelburga's Sacred Activism program in London. As part of the program, participants from various faith groups came together to discuss spiritual practices and learned how to apply them to make changes in the world.
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New York, NY : On April 30, 2017, UNITED SIKHS responded to the Census Bureau's request for comments on its recent proposed rule amendments and stated that there should be a distinct "Sikh" category represented. Stereotypes fueled by the media, discriminatory policies and corrupted public attitudes toward immigrants, especially since September 11, 2001, exacerbate feelings of bigotry that result in backlash against the Sikh community like never before. To address this backlash the U.S. government must allow Sikhs to self- identify in future Censuses.
Carapongo, Peru-Over the weekend members of UNITED SIKHS visited Carapongo, Peru, the town hardest-hit by the recent flooding. The disaster has impacted tens of thousands. The rising water has dismantled the town and displaced many families.
As many as 15 volunteers from the UNITED SIKHS Peru chapter jumped into action to help families in need. The volunteers have been providing everything from bottled water to hot meals to flood victims, serving as many as 150 people a week.
Queensland, AUSTRALIA - The UNITED SIKHS humanitarian aid team is engaging to serve langar (a hot meal prepared by the Sikh community) to thousands of evacuees affected by Cyclone Debbie, a category 4 Cyclone that hit northeast Australia earlier this week.
Volunteers from UNITED SIKHS have been working to support humanitarian efforts in all corners of the globe. Here's a look at where UNITED SIKHS was and is and the work volunteers have contributed to!
Help us shed light on the extent to which members of the Sikh community experience hate crimes and or bullying. From now until April 30, 2017. The survey will help the organization better advocate for Sikh and civil and human rights in 2017, and in the coming years.
Congratulations to Tejkaran Kaur Bains on being the first Sikh law student to win the best oral advocate award in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Moot Court. The Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition is a national moot court competition that takes place every year.
My son, Viraat Singh, said: "I now recognise myself as the son of the King of Kings, Dasmesh Pita Guru Gobind Singh Ji, and I made so many new friends, it was the most satisfying weekend for me. I look forward to the next UNITED SIKHS camp."
UNITED SIKHS' first food drive in Connecticut was held February 12th at Lee Memorial Chapel in Norwich. Up to 75 people in need received a home-cooked meal, complete with rice, beans, salad and a dessert.
The UNITED SIKHS 2017 CIVIL RIGHTS SURVEY will shed light on the extent to which members of the Sikh community experience hate crimes and or bullying. It will serve as a manifesto of the issues the Sikh community believes will be most pressing in 2017. The manifesto will serve to focus the organization's vision, help create its priorities and provide direction.
As our country celebrates and honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., This week and throughout the year, the team at UNITED SIKHS is reflecting; reflecting on our country's progress, on the continued quest for equality and on our mission to recognize the human race as one.
The UNITED SIKHS Gurgaon Camp 2017 (January 14th and 15th) will provide a fun-filled inspirational environment for the 150 participants, ages 7 to 62 years who hail from Canada, UK, Malaysia, Kashmir, Jammu, Gujarat, Panjab, UP, Delhi and Gurgaon.
On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, the New York City Police Department Commissioner, James O'Neill, announced that in order to continue to make the NYPD as diverse as possible, NYPD would allow Sikhs to wear beards up to one half inch in length, from only a few millimeters in past policies. The new rule would also allow Sikhs to serve with turbans that have a police badge affixed to it.
"Your health is your greatest wealth." This is a core belief of the UNITED SIKHS and is reflected in many of our ongoing programs and initiatives. Throughout the year we've collaborated with businesses, hospitals and local governments, to provide minority communities across the world with increased access to healthcare and wellness resources. Here's a look at some of the ways we're helping our communities across the globe.
Now, more than ever, we have to fight for the civil and human rights of our people. Since the November election, safety has become an increasing concern for many of our families. Our safety and religious preferences are basic human rights that we should not have to keep fighting for.
Calgary, Canada: The Sikh community in Calgary, Canada is shocked that last Thursday their place of worship was vandalized by graffiti depicting a swastika, which is generally associated with symbols of racial hatred. UNITED SIKHS has reached out to the local authorities and requested an increase in police presence around Gurdwaras in the future to help the community feel safe again.
WEST MIDLANDS, UK: Meet the super hero squad from UNITED SIKHS. Unlike your typical community defenders, armed with weapons or magic powers, members of this community group show up with the items their neighbors most need - pillows, duvets, hats, gloves, scarves and coats.
New York: A California man who's been unlawfully imprisoned overseas, woke up one step closer to freedom today - but his fate still hangs in the balance.One week after human rights groups stepped up their fight to bring home Bhai Resham Singh, the courts in New Delhi, India agreed to grant him bail.
Husband and wife, Bharpoor Singh and Gursharan Jeet Kaur migrated from India to Japan in the 1990s. Bharpoor and his family fled Punjab after he was forced to endure torture and persecution because of his Sikh affiliation. For many years the Sikh family lived without visas and under the radar of the Japanese authorities until they were given "provisional release" status in 2001.
According to Voices for Freedom, an international human rights advocacy non-governmental organization, American Sikh is being held without bail and unlawfully in India and others are being threatened with arrest by the Indian authorities. They are targeted on political grounds and are not being afforded lawful treatment under international and Indian law in India simply because they are Sikhs.
The Flying Singh's golden spirit has now earned him a Golden Hearts. Rishiwant Singh, affectionally known by the community as the "Flying Singh" was presented with a Golden Hearts award from the Star Media Group during a ceremony in Petaling Jaya Thursday.
There can be nothing more comforting after a bitter political campaign than a President-elect that promises to do his best to represent all constituencies. Second to that may be the commitment by voters to the concept that Democracy works because the People accept the election results.
Bhai Resham Singh is an American citizen, resident of Bakersfield, California. On November 4, 2016 at 9:10pm he was arrested by Indian authorities when he arrived at the New Delhi airport for Sikh Sarbat Khalsa. As per Simranjit Singh, Bhai Resham Singh's attorney in India, Bhai Resham Singh and many others have been charged with sedition. His attorney stated to UNITED SIKHS that they are "working diligently to see how justice can be delivered."
On Thursday, October 19, 2016, UNITED SIKHS wrote to the 2016 U.S. Presidential candidates expressing the concern and indignation of the Sikh community at the divisive and senseless rhetoric that has come out of the 2016 political race. The negative stereotypes that arise from this callous rhetoric has exacerbated racial and religious hostilities in the U.S.
Haiti: On October 4th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti. It is the worst disaster to have hit Haiti since the January 12, 2010 catastrophic earthquake, which, according to CNN, measured 7.0 magnitude and killed approximately 316,000 people and injured 300,000 more.
Haiti: On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew reached the coast of Haiti - a nation still recovering from a massive earthquake in 2010. Matthew wrecked homes and destroyed communities along the southwestern tip of the country. UNITED SIKHS volunteer team in Haiti is currently working on delivering emergency relief materials and pure drinking water to avoid cholera.
Santa Ana, California: On the 2nd of October 2016, UNITED SIKHS Aid held its "Emergency Preparedness for the Gurudwaras Workshop" at the Sikh Center of Orange County (SCOC) at Santa Ana, CA. Our Emergency Preparedness Team is providing the much-needed emergency preparedness information and resources to all interested Gurudwaras and community centers in Southern California.
UNITED SIKHS met with the New York City Commission on Human Rights staff to discuss some of the Sikh community's civil rights concerns. While the City of New York has some of the most progressive civil rights laws in the country, many members of the Sikh community suffer workplace, school and public space discrimination based on actual or perceived religion, race, ethnicity and national origin.
New York: On Saturday evening, September 17, 2016, the streets of Chelsea in New York City echoed the blast of a bomb that, according to various news sources, injured 29 people, and the hunt for a suspect began. By 11am on Monday, Harinder Bains, a Sikh business man in Linden, New Jersey, already knew who the police were looking for.
Los Angeles, California:: UNITED SIKHS' Disaster Preparedness & Humanitarian Aid, volunteers and staff held an "Emergency Preparedness for the Gurudwaras" workshop at the Lankershim Gurudwara Sahib. This Emergency Preparedness Initiative provides solutions and guidance that help the Gurudwaras and its members know in advance what to do when confronted by an emergency, a natural disaster or by violence in their communities.
Fabriano, Italy: UNITED SIKHS' Rishiwant Singh landed in Italy on August 30, 2016 to provide relief to the earthquake victims. An earthquake, measuring 6.2 ± 0.016 on the moment magnitude scale, hit Central Italy on 24 August 2016 at 03:36:32 CEST (01:36 UTC) causing a lot of destruction to the life and the property.
UNITED SIKHS continues to monitor the track and potential impact Tropical Storm Hermine will have on our area tomorrow and through next week. It is expected to produce a dangerous storm surge with life threatening coastal flooding and strong winds near the Delaware and New Jersey coasts over the Labor Day weekend.
New York: UNITED SIKHS is partnering with the New York City Mayor's Office of Community Affairs and the Sikh Cultural Society, Inc to host a the Thive NYC forum on mental health on Thursday 1st September 2016.
UNITED SIKHS' Humanitarian Aid volunteers and staff from across the country have been physically in Louisiana working tirelessly to lend support while the Operations team garners funding to assist.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Over the last two weeks, all of us have seen the devastation caused by the historic floods in Louisiana. This is likely the worst U.S. disaster we've experienced since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Thousands of lives have been severely impacted. Innumerable families have been evacuated and are now placed in shelters.
Ludhiana, Panjab:The Entrepreneurship Skill Development Program on Garment Manufacturing organized by UNITED SIKHS at GurKirpa Health Network, Dhamot village, Ludhiana concluded on August 02, 2016. It was a project of Govt. of India's Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME).
New York/New Jersey: To engage the Sikh American community in oral health promotion, and to provide increased in language and culturally appropriate information on basic oral health topics, UNITED SIKHS is proud to present The Oral Health Video Series, short, educational videos in Punjabi focusing on popular oral health topics.
Athens, Greece: Harsharen Kaur was packing for her holiday in Athens last month when her conscience made her think about the plight of Syrian refugees she had been reading about for some time. As UNITED SIKHS' European Aid Coordinator, she wasted no time to link up with the Athens Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara and Caritas, the Catholic charity that serves refugee children in Athens.
Washington DC, USA: From July 11, 2016 through July 13, 2016, UNITED SIKHS, joined by students of the organization's Advocacy and Humanitarian Aid Academy (AHAA), met with Congress members and their staff to speak about issues affecting the Sikh community.

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