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  • You're Not the Only One
    a counselor at Camp Gian at Vermont Gurdwara Los Angeles in August Honestly I just feel blessed to be a part of a community where all of these opportunities are available to me What advice would you recommend for our upcoming generations of Sikhs Please remember who you are and do what you want What I mean by that is please be strong in your Sikhi We all need to work together to preserve our faith and keep it going Nobody besides Vaheguru has the ultimate knowledge on everything so don t be afraid to ask questions about Sikhi and don t be afraid to learn If you are confident in who you are then others will recognize that too When somebody tries to grab your jura or Dastaar at school or for girls asks why you don t just cut that long hair you ll be able to explain what your identity means rather than avoid confrontation or simply say It s a part of my religion By do what you want I mean just that you can be anything you want to be Although that sounds cliché it holds very true Doctors lawyers and engineers are cool but don t limit yourself to that There are so many opportunities for us as Sikhs in America today and you should pursue whatever you desire For example we need more Sikhs in the media we need journalists emcees musicians actors videographers etc It would be great to see a Sikh on something as simple as a Tide commercial just to familiarize the rest of America with who Sikhs are We need to expand our horizons as Sikhs so that the rest of the world can expand their horizons of the world to include Sikhs in that perspective Have you done

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  • You're Not the Only One
    so warmly Having formed relationships with my students and given them the basics of my religion want them to be able to go out in the world and greet other Sikhs with warmth and compassion A little education about Sikhi can go a long way to creating community among people in the world How do you feel a website like Khalsa Kids could empower Sikh children One of the best things about Khalsa Kids is that it lets you know that you re not alone I spent almost all of my time in school being the only Sikh kid I never knew the kinds of things Sikhs in America were doing or how some were breaking barriers and beating the odds I wish I had a resource like this because sometimes I could have used a shot of cultural self esteem as a kid What advice would you recommend for our upcoming generations of Sikhs Growing up I knew that there were people who do do not understand Sikhi and would therefore ridicule our beliefs and heritage Just as it does for every young Sikh this treatment made me feel bad But as I gained more experience and read more of our history especially the history of Sikhs who stood up for religion against tyranny I realized how much smaller my struggles were I became determined to follow in their footsteps and to be proud of to be a Sikh because of the great history that we have Have you done something recently to stand up for your rights Do you have an inspiring story to tell other Sikhs Would you like to serve as a role model for Sikh youth If so tell us about it here and we may feature your story on Khalsa Kids You re Not

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  • Liberty At Stake
    County Youth Commission where I advise the administration on youth issues How have you tried to educate the public about Sikhism My goal is to spread knowledge and to confront hate and prejudice In my book I have added a Frequently Asked Questions section and an Interesting Facts About Sikhism section about Sikhism right in the beginning of the book The idea is that if a non Sikh reader goes to Barnes and Noble Borders and Books A Million book store and decides to just flip through the first few pages of the book he or she will learn more about the important facts of Sikhism The idea is not in selling the actual book but in spreading the knowledge I have also given live interviews on some TV stations and also with radio talk show hosts Some newspapers have written articles on me and my book I have talked about our basic beliefs and the misconceptions about turbans everywhere I ve talked about Sikhism Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for younger generations Sikhs have been living in America for over a century but still our neighbors don t know who we are It is partly our fault We never tried to interact with them Our community badly needs writers and activists I encourage young Sikhs to be good in their studies and to be successful in their careers while at the same time becoming community activists as well Once we tell the community about ourselves the discrimination and prejudice against us will diminish This may be an idealistic view of the world but this is also a matter of simply taking a stand Guru Sahib will always help us along the way Have you done something recently to stand up for your rights Do you

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  • Khalsa Kids
    to educate others about Sikhism Have you ever met a Sikh teacher Ajeet Singh Matharu is a US History teacher at a high school in Brooklyn NY Check out his video and interview to see just how rewarding being a teacher is He is proud to be Sikh and tries to use his profession as a way to educate students and teachers alike about wearing a turban and being Sikh Mandeep Sethi Mandeep Sethi is a young Sikh who started rapping as a child and ultimately combined his love for music with his passion for his religion and his people Mandeep makes it a point to rap about the oppression and prejudice that occurs with minorities Check out his video and watch this bold Sikh talk about the things that matter to him the most Who is G N E G N E is a group of musicians poets and producers who utilize their music to both relay their views of today s world as well as enlighten others about Sikhi Not only do they empower Sikhs and spread awareness but they also address key concerns and issues in our society Have you seen the Sikh model for Kenneth Cole You heard it Sonny Caberwal a young Sikh professional has modeled for the well known Kenneth Cole Read about what he does and how he came to model for their We All Walk In Different Shoes campaign Vikram the Magician Has magic always intrigued you Ever seen it done by Vikram Singh Khalsa Click here to learn how Vikram s hobby magic helps support him as a Sikh Just 2 Live Another Day If you ve never heard of L Fresh you re in for a surprise Check out his music video to hear an Australian rapper tell the story

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  • Khalsa Kids
    in every North American library NYC Schools Chancellor Responds to Sikhs After a hate crime against a Sikh high school student in May the Sikh Coalition released its Hatred in the Hallways report In response NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein met with Sikhs to discuss how to make schools safe for Sikh children The New York Times Publishes a Sikh Coalition Editorial on Education An editorial penned by Sikh Coalition

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  • Khalsa Kids
    curriculum We will be sending it to you shortly In the meantime you can return to the Teachers Corner for more information and updates Or you can check out some other things on our site Copyright 2007 Sikh Coalition All

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  • Khalsa Kids
    on to our expert and you can check back next month on our Discussion Board to see if your question has been answered In the meantime you can check out some other things on our site here Copyright 2007 Sikh

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    that hold our minds and hearts captive and fight against the oppression that systematically destroys people of color in the United States I speak on such issues revolving around social justice equality and revolution Revolution can only be achieved when we as a collective people realize our power and our position in this white dominant hegemonic power structure I also talk about issues that have to do with hip hop and the way that corporations have taken it over and spread it as a mysoginistic bling bling culture I definetely incorporate the roots of the culture as well as my roots as a Punjabi Sikh What can kids do to try and spread this message Kids around the world must be taught that everything they see on television read in newspapers and magazines and hear on the radio is placed there in a fabricated fashion specifically pushing issues that are completely irrelevant to our lives The first step is to get your source of news from somewhere other than the typical corporate news outlets as they have ties to corporations and governments that are pushing racist and oppressive agendas Kids open your mind and understand that we see around on television is not reality and is created to keep us in fear Some trusted outlets for news include gnn tv the Guerilla News Network as well as indymedia org a good site for independent news across the world What advice would you recommend for our upcoming generations of Sikhs To the upcoming generations of Sikhs we must understand our roots while placing them in the context of the present applying the same philosophies and teachings our Gurus passed on to us in a manner that is relevant to the struggles we are facing wherever we are in the world Understand that the government of India has historically oppressed our people is also key as we must bring light to the issues of the 1984 Genocide of our community We must keep our heads strong and apply our knowledge in ways that we will only better ourselves Also know that there are numerous outlets for your passions and don t get stuck in a chase for money with your career What happens to so many of our brothers and sisters saddens me because in a quest for making good money to have a stable career we lose our understanding of ourselves and our passions Stay independent minded and always keep an ear to the underground Have you done something recently to stand up for your rights Do you have an inspiring story to tell other Sikhs Would you like to serve as a role model for Sikh youth If so tell us about it here and we may feature your story on Khalsa Kids You re Not the Only One page Your story can be used to help other Sikhs around the world Who are the Singh Twins The Singh Twins are professional artists that use their talent and passion to

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