I take this current climate of hate as a call to action and now more than ever we cannot afford to be complacent. This year our FANTABULOUS Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, proclaimed Vaisakhi day at City Hall! This was coupled with the a display of portraits by famed London photograghers Amit and Naroop, who partnered with the Sikh Coalition to make the Sikh Project happen. This was extra special for our family because our itty bitty Gahven's portrait was in the Houston City Hall Routanda for six weeks.
I want to pause on this for a moment. My parents were one of the first Sikh families here in Houston in the early 70's. I was born here and went through alllllllll public schools and i grew up with my brother having numerous stories of his patka (turban) being pulled off in middle school. So while all this was our background, Gahven's portrait, amongst others, in the 4th largest city in the nation; was their future. Each time I think of it, it chokes me up.
You may have also caught the article that I wrote that was placed in the Houston chronicle:
I frequently have people come to me and say, I'm so happy you did this or you did that or how did you get this done? One organization helps me every time. The Sikh Coalition. The Sikh Coalition is committed to protecting the civil and human rights of all people. Founded in 2001, the Sikh Coalition is now the nation's largest Sikh civil rights organization working to address school bullying, workplace discrimination, hate crimes and racial and religious profiling. They are always there to help our community and advance the causes of civil rights and justice.
Now sitting on the board, I have a bigger dream. Not to just help our community, but to be that super power to where we can not only help our community but hold hands with other communities and fight for them as well; as our religion mandates. However, in order to do that, we need to build this organization further. How much can you help? I get it, it's cliche to say, even $25 helps. But it does. We are truly a grassroots organization and I'd love to see what my personal small community of friends can do to make big waves in this crazy world.
Hugs, Love, and Kisses to you all and may you live in CHARDI KALA! (eternal optimism)