Washington DC, USA- Today, we will host our "Innovative Justice" Banquet at the Four Points Sheraton followed by our Sixth Annual Sikh Summit advocacy meetings from July 28th-30th with congressmen, government agencies, and NGOs to discuss Sikh issues around the globe.
Innovative Justice Banquet:
On July 26th, join us as we celebrate the creative and distinct work of individuals in our community, along with allies in our human and civil rights advocacy efforts. Only few seats left...
|Eric Treene, Special Counsel for religious discrimination in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice has given numerous presentations on the First Amendment, religious freedom and religious discrimination in employment, public accommodations, public facilities, education and housing. He also oversees the DOJ’s efforts in protecting Sikhs, Muslims and other Asian/Arab Americans from any religious based discrimination.|
|Lexer Quamie is a Counsel in the Public Policy Department of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, where she helps facilitate the development of a federal policy agenda for a broad coalition of civil and human rights groups and analyzes federal current civil rights issues and legislation in the areas of Transportation Equity, Workers' Rights, Equal Opportunity, and Criminal Justice. Prior to joining The Leadership Conference, Ms. Quamie was a Policy Analyst with the Center for Law and Social Policy. Ms. Quamie has also practiced employment litigation with the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and was a clerk for the Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Virginia, the Honorable James Spencer.|
|Harleen Kaur is a Civil Rights/Liberties Policy Advisor in the Office of Civil Rights and Liberties at the Transportation Security Administration. She has worked there for more than six years now on a variety of subjects, including drafting the TSA limited English Proficiency Plan, drafting and reviewing various trainings, review of policy and procedure, and working with public stakeholder and advocacy groups like UNITED SIKHS.|
|Brian Bachman- is the U.S. Department of State International Religious Freedom office's Acting Director. He has been a career foreign service officer for twenty-four years and served in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Cambodia and Afghanistan. Earlier this year he attended the 5th Global Sikh Civil and Human Rights Report releasing and spoke on his beliefs that religious freedom is at the foundation of this nation.|
Innovative Speakers, Honorees, and Attendees include:
||Rabbi Shergill is an Indian musician & a human rights activist known most for his hit song Bulla Ki Jaana, in 2005. His music style ranges from classical Punjabi or "sufi-style" to rock music. His other hit songs include "Dilli" from the Bollywood film, Delhii Heights and also "Challa" from Yash Chopra's movie titled, Jab Tak Hai Jaan.|
||Nav Bhatia, currently owner of both Mississauga Hyundai and Rexdale Hyundai, is one of the most recognizable faces in Toronto. Starting in Canada as a sales person Nav's hard work and passion to succeed progressed his career path to Owner of two very successful Car Dealerships. Nav's biggest accomplishment is perhaps using his passion for basketball, particularly for the NBA's Toronto Raptors, to create a common ground with people of all backgrounds - giving him the platform to break down stereotypes and educate others on what the Sikh Community is about. Nav has not missed one Raptor's game in 20 years and was recently appointed by the NBA team as the official Raptor's South Asian Community Ambassador.|
||Honorary graduate form Harvard Business school, J.J. Singh now works as the economic advisor to U.S. Senator Coons. J.J. Singh has done work with the Peace Corps and was also a Credit Analyst at the White House office of Management and Budget, where he assessed the cost, impact and viability of U.S. government loans and for the president. As a Sikh he has done great work and will remain an inspiration to Sikhs around the nation.|
||As the only Sikh resident of his town, Satyendra Singh Huja is the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia since January 2012. Prior to be elected mayor, he served two terms on the Charlottesville City Council. He is also a professor at the University of Virginia School of Agriculture|
||Suneet Singh Tuli is the man behind the worlds cheapest tablet, called the Aakash. As the CEO of DataWind, Forbes named Suneet Tuli one of the Impact 15 list of "classroom revolutionaries" who are using technology to advance learning in the classroom.|
||Dr. Rahuldeep Gill is a Professor of Religion at Cal Lutheran University. He teaches topics such as global religions, Indian thought, Christianity and also studies the interaction between Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus. He also teaches a yearly class on the Sikh religion and tradition.|
||Vipp Jaswal joined the FOX News Channel in 2005 and has since been the head of International Development and Business. Mr. Jaswal has successfully executed strategic plans and missions on an international level. He also has his own radio talk show called the "Vipp Jaswal Report".|
||Chaz Singh is the Labor Local Councillor for Plymouth's Drake Ward (United Kingdon), and previously served as Deputy Lord Mayor. He was recently the runner up in the elections for the next Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport. He is now running for Labour Parliamentary Candidate for South West Devon. Along with this, Chaz Singh is the man who simply held up a hand written letter "T" in front of the "Urban Outfitters" shop to create a image that read "Turban Outfitters." Chaz Singh is one that is very proud of being Sikh and his "Turban Outfitters" picture has been shared thousands of times online and in his words have "humanized" the turban in many peoples eyes.|
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice, US. Department of State, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of , National Council of Asian Pacific- Americans, National Sikh Campaign, Hindu American Foundation, The Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights, and many more.
To learn more about the 2014 Sikh Summit, please visit our webpage: www.unitedsikhs.org/sikhsummit2014
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