The House Resolution 189, which “recognizes the historic, cultural, and religious significance of the festival of Vaisakhi.” The H. Res.189 resolution, introduced by ASCC Co-Chairs Rep. Garamendi, Rep. Meehan, and Vice Co-Chairs, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Valadao, states that the United State House of Representatives recognizes the significance of the festival and communities that celebrate it both stateside and worldwide.
“United Sikhs is honored to be recognized for its accomplishments in advancing the Sikh community, but there is much more work that needs to be done, especially with H.Res. 189,” said Singh. “It’s imperative that community members encourage their congressman to sign the resolution. Sikhs are an integral part of the American fabric and our philosophy is on the lines of Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognizes the ideal of humans enjoying freedom from fear, and can be achieved only if everyone may enjoy economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights. We invite our fellow Americans to learn more about their Sikh neighbors by visiting their local Gurdwaras and partnering with their community-based projects.”
Vaisakhi marks the birth of the Khalsa, the Sikh way of living and is one of the most important dates in Sikh history and a consistent reminder to the sacrifices needed in standing up for human rights, justice and charter of freedom for all. It also celebrates the beginning of the spring harvest season. It was originally celebrated in the Punjab region of South Asia for centuries but has since been adopted in communities throughout India, the United States and other parts of the world.
“America’s founding ideals of freedom of worship, equality and justice are reflected in the Sikh American community’s celebration of Vaisakhi,” said Director of the Friends of the Sikh Caucus, Harpreet S Sandhu. “Our organizations and their work reflect the values given by Vaisakhi. We thank them for their continued efforts, as we look to make further strides in being accepted by the mainstream population and that day is not far.”
United Sikhs is a UN-affiliated, international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world.
The organization was originally founded in New York in 1999 to assist in the socio-economic development of immigrant communities in the Queens borough of New York. Today the organization has chapters in North America, Asia and Europe aiming to pursue projects that help facilitate the economic empowerment of underprivileged and minority communities.
About UNITED SIKHS
UNITED SIKHS is a U.N. affiliated, international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, human development and advocacy organization, aimed at empowering those in need, especially disadvantaged and minority communities across the world. UNITED SIKHS is registered: as a non-profit tax exempt organization pursuant to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code in the USA; as a Registered Charity in England and Wales under the Charities Act 1993, Charity Number 111 2055; registered in Australia as a not for profit NGO (ABN 24 317 847 103); and is a registered NGO in Belgium; as a non-profit organization in Canada; under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in Panjab and as a tax exempt organization under section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961; under the French Association Law 1901; under the Societies Registration Act 1860 in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan; as a registered society under the Registrar of Societies in Malaysia (registered as UNITED SIKHS Malaysia Humanitarian Aid Organisation- Regn No: PPM-015-14-06042015); and an NGO pending registration in the Rep of Ireland.
For more information about UNITED SIKHS, visit www.unitedsikhs.org.
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