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An American Leader To Watch:
Sapreet Kaur Builds Bridges

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Recognizing the important role that faith leaders play in promoting a more just nation and world, the Center for American Progress (“CAP”) last week named 12 faith leaders, including a Sikh-American, to watch in 2017.

“As a new presidential administration and congressional and state legislative sessions begin, the faith leaders can play a critical role in holding political leaders accountable,” the nonpartisan policy institute said January 18, 2017.

The 12 faith leaders named by CAP include Sardarni Sapreet Kaur, executive director of The Sikh Coalition.

“Following an election cycle filled with hateful rhetoric about immigrants, women, people with disabilities, people of color, and religious minorities, people of faith will be integral to fighting injustice and ensuring that all people are treated with dignity and equity,” CAP said in a press release two days before the scheduled inaugural of President Donald Trump.

Sapreet Kaur, who leads The Sikh Coalition, has transformed it into a large and visible civil rights organization that provides legal defense and advocates on issues of hate crimes, racial and religious profiling, safe schools, employment discrimination, and religious liberty, CAP noted.

Shedding more light on one of the most successful minorities in the country, Sapreet Kaur first spoke at a Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service in 2013. In 2016, she and her team launched the groundbreaking Sikh Project, a collection of photographs of diverse Sikh-Americans, furthering the narrative and sparking conversation about what it means to be American.

“In all of her work, Sapreet Kaur prioritizes building bridges within the interfaith community, ensuring that The Sikh Coalition’s advocacy work supports not only Sikh civil rights but also the rights of all people,” CAP said.

“Going forward, Sapreet Kaur is committed to pushing back on attacks on religious minorities and lesser-known communities and taking a stand against fear mongering and discrimination,” CAP noted.


January 29, 2017
 

Conversation about this article

1: Arjan Singh (USA), January 29, 2017, 11:50 AM.

Sapreet ji, the Sikh community and all Americans need your leadership. We need respected and courageous women to step up so that rights of minorities and women can be valued and protected. The Sikh community especially needs to empower its women. Please visit our gurdwara in Sterling, Virginia and you will see the strength of the sangat and a security guard with a gun -- a stark reminder that we have to live in a constant state of alertness. May the Guru be with you.

2: Ravi Inder Singh (Chandigarh, Punjab), January 31, 2017, 9:40 AM.

I would like to point out that Sapreet Kaur was integral in making it such that Sardars could freely join the American military. Thank you, Sapreet ji!

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