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Biden campaign launches initiative to woo Sikhs in US

By: PTI | Washington |

Up to date: September 28, 2020 2:20:05 pm

In keeping with civil rights activist Valarie Kaur, “This election is not like every other. Every little thing our Sikh ancestors fought for ” a world of dignity, equality, and justice is at stake.” (File)

The Biden marketing campaign has launched an initiative to succeed in out to the Sikh group within the US and vowed to handle the distinctive challenges, together with xenophobia, being confronted by the minority non secular group within the nation.

The Biden marketing campaign, which launched the ‘Sikh People for Biden’, mentioned it has plans for safeguarding Sikh-American youths in faculties.

Sikh-People expertise bullying at charges twice the nationwide common and have reported a spike in these encounters since 2017, the marketing campaign mentioned in a press launch on Sunday.

“The Biden marketing campaign plans to spotlight the particular plans and insurance policies that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has outlined in his platform to handle the distinctive challenges that the Sikh American group faces almost about racism, xenophobia and discrimination,” it mentioned.

Kiran Kaur Gill, a outstanding civil rights activist and member of the Sikh American Nationwide Management Council, alleged that President Donald Trump has not solely turned a blind eye to bullying and discrimination, however has additionally inspired it.

The Sikh American Nationwide Management Council is an advisory council to the Sikh People for Biden.

With Biden because the US president, Sikh-People can really feel safer in faculties and on the streets, Gill mentioned in an announcement.

“(Former) vp Biden has a monitor file of taking stances towards hate, discrimination and bullying, and his management on these points matter to our group,” she mentioned.

The Biden marketing campaign has mentioned that if voted to energy, the Biden administration would allocate extra federal funding for anti-bullying initiatives.

In keeping with civil rights activist Valarie Kaur, “This election is not like every other. Every little thing our Sikh ancestors fought for ” a world of dignity, equality, and justice is at stake.”

“A Biden presidency would give us an opportunity to avoid wasting our democracy, heal the earth, and start to start a world the place we ‘see no stranger’. That’s why I’m proud to hitch Sikhs for Biden and do all the pieces in energy to get out the vote. Our lives rely upon it,” she mentioned in an announcement issued by the South Asians for Biden on Sunday.

Japjee Singh, an anti-bullying advocate, detailed the horrific bullying that passed off at his highschool in Georgia. In 2013, when he was 17-year-old, Singh was repeatedly focused with verbal and bodily harassment due to his Sikh religion. He was referred to as a “terrorist” and fellow college students used to focus on him for sporting turban. Singh’s bullying case led to the primary US Division of Justice faculty bullying settlement on behalf of a Sikh pupil.

“Numerous the techniques in place forestall victims of bullying from being heard and validated. Usually these victims are perceived because the aggressors; they don’t seem to be. Biden is dedicated to vary these techniques, so we are able to present survivors of bullying with the help that they want,” Singh mentioned.

In a joint assertion, Josh Dickson, the Nationwide Religion Engagement Director for the Biden marketing campaign, and Seema Sadanandan, a Coverage Advisor for the marketing campaign, mentioned Biden has dedicated to quite a few initiatives that garner sturdy help from the Sikh-American group.

“For instance, a Biden administration would allocate extra funding to the Division of Justice and the Division of Schooling for anti-bullying initiatives. Biden has additionally cited particular plans to re-establish the Obama-Biden White Home AAPI Bullying Prevention Activity Pressure, which might accomplice with group organisations, together with Sikh non-profits,” they mentioned.


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