SikhCo Responds to Colbert’s “Terrorist Midget” Image

January 13, 2010

Colbert Report Terrorist MidgetOn January 6, 2010, Sikhs made an appearance on Stephen’s Colbert’s popular daily news spoof, the Colbert Report. Unfortunately, it was not in a good light. In fact, the segment showed a man wearing a beard and full patka while the voiceover describes him as a “terrorist midget.”

Yes, some may consider this funny, but at the same time, it doesn’t do our community any favors. Read the rest of this entry »


Slideshow & Video: NYC Youth Demand an End to Bigotry in Schools

July 1, 2009

Yesterday was an inspiring day. A bus load of Sikh youth came to lower Manhattan from Richmond Hill, Queens to send a clear message to the NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Mayor: End bias-based harassment in schools. At a press conference and rally outside of DOE headquarters, we released a Report Card grading how the DOE has done in the last school year in addressing bias-based harassment.

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The young activists from Richmond Hill were truly an inspiration as they lead chants and fearlessly shared their experiences with the media and public. They joined with youth and advocates from many other organizations and communities in what hopefully was another step forward to creating schools where all students feel safe and respected.

Behind the Scenes: Prepping for 6/30 Youth Rally & Press Conference

June 28, 2009

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.