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  1. SikhVOTE Voter Registration in Virginia October 4th, 2017 With elections in Virginia quickly approaching, SALDEF staff and volunteers have been busy registering voters at Gurdwaras across Virginia in preparation for the elections on November 7th, 2017. In 1923, the Supreme Court proclaimed that Sikh Americans could not become citizens — we could not vote and were denied a voice in our country. Today, we have the right to vote, the right to share our voice and determine the direction of our nation. Many leaders including Bhagat Singh Thind, made great sacrifices to ensure these rights. SALDEF’s SikhVote Initiative was created to solidify these rights and ensure that Sikh Americans can and do exercise their voting rights. By voting, we can influence the decisions our elected officials make which impact our rights. Increasing the number of Sikh Americans registered to vote is one of the best ways to build and strengthen our community’s voice, presence and political capacity. SALDEF encourages all Virginia Sikh Americans to fully exercise their rights and register to vote by the October 16th deadline! Visit https://www.elections.virginia.gov/voter-outreach/ to register now. For more materials on voter registration in English and Punjabi, please visit  http://saldef.org/issues/vote2012/sikhvote/#.WdPgNhOPI0o. Join our SikhVOTE efforts today by volunteering at a registration drive, registering new Sikh American voters at your local Gurdwara, and encouraging registered Sikh Americans to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7, 2017. If you are interested in volunteering to help empower our community through voting, please contact satnam@saldef.org. To ensure that we are able to continue to do this important work, please make a 100% tax-deductible donation to support SALDEF by clicking here or going to www.saldef.org/donate on your mobile device now. Source - http://saldef.org/news/sikhvote-voter-registration-virginia/#.WdjoyBlX7qB
  2. May 10, 2013 by Saldef Newsletter Florida Sikh Shot While Driving Fears Loss of Business, Suspects Remain at Large May 9, 2013 (Washington, DC) – Two months after he was shot in what authorities continue to investigate as a possible hate crime shooting, Mr. Kanwaljit Singh is back at his Central Florida home, recovering from the attack. Although he has a long road ahead of him, his doctors are hopeful that he will make a full recovery. On February 23, 2013, Mr. Singh had just closed the convenience store he recently purchased and was traveling home with his 13-year-old son when a truck pulled up beside them. The individual(s) in the truck opened fire on Mr. Singh and his son, spraying bullets into their vehicle. Mr. Singh sustained gunshot wounds in his thigh and torso. Read: Sikh Victim of Possible Hate Crime In Port Orange, recovering (Daytona Beach News Journal) The person or people who attacked Mr. Singh have yet to be apprehended. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and local law enforcement continue to investigate the incident and have released information about the missing suspect truck: S-10 or GMC Sonoma-style truck, single-cab, dark blue or black truck with a license plate and Ford decal or emblem on the right rear bumper. SALDEF and Sikh Coalition have connected with the Police Chief and family and have worked with the Department of Justice Community Relation Service to coordinate a Hate Crimes Prevention event which took place on May 8th. Read: Florida Sikh Shot While Driving Watch: Group rallies behind man shot in hate crime (NBC-Orlando) Donate today and help Kanwaljit Singh and his family get back on their feet. Since the purported hate crime attack, Mr. Singh and his family, including his wife and two children, have suffered from significant financial problems. Due to Mr. Singh’s medical condition, he is unable to return to work at his convenience store. The family is behind in paying utility bills and purchasing inventory to keep the store open. They are in serious risk of losing their business, barely two months after it first opened, because of this violent, senseless, and terrifying attack. We humbly request your support in assisting this family during this financially and psychologically distressing time, in the true Sikh spirit of seva. You may financially support Mr. Singh and his family by writing checks made payable to Mr. Kanwaljit Singh and mailing them to: Mr. Kanwaljit Singh c/o Sikh Society of Central Florida 2527 W. State Road 426 Oviedo, FL 32765 (Note that contributions are NOT tax deductible) You can also help local authorities catch the perpetrator(s) of this crime by contributing to the Crimestoppers fund. The fund gives reward money to citizens for tips which help with the investigation. Contact the Executive Director of Crimestoppers, Alyson Durrance at 386-212-6543 to make a financial contribution on behalf of Mr. Kanwaljit Singh. Every donation, in any amount, is meaningful and can make a difference. Thank you for your seva.