This Tuesday will mark the one year anniversary of the historic march and rally for Sikh youth in Richmond Hill, New York on June 30, 2008. Last year, the Sikh community and our allies took to the streets after two horrific attacks on Sikh students in Queens, demanding the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to take systemic action to address and prevent bias-based harassment in schools.
In September, the DOE finally announced the creation of a Chancellor’s Regulation to address bias-based harassment in schools, which we applauded as a step in the right direction. However, over the course of the last school year, we have been surveying Sikh youth in the gurdwaras every week and have learned that the new Regulation is not being fully implemented in schools and making little difference for our youth. We worked with a number of other organizations and got 1,110 surveys filled out by youth of diverse backgrounds. Our results will be released in the form of a Report Card this coming Tuesday, June 30th in Manhattan.
This informal video clip highlights some of our preparation in Richmond Hill the last few days (Friday & Sunday). We encourage community members, youth, and allies to come to the press conference this Tuesday at 11am at the Tweed Courthouse located at 52 Chambers Street in Manhattan.