By Joseph Crowley
WASHINGTON (Aug. 16, 2012) — Dear Colleague, We hope you will join us in being an original co-sponsor of a resolution honoring the contributions of the Sikh-American community to the United States, condemning the string of attacks against Sikhs and their religious institutions over the past year and calling for action in regards to hate crimes committed against Sikh-Americans.
The brutal attack in Oak Creek, Wisconsin helped bring to light ongoing threats faced by Sikh-Americans in the United States. Unfortunately, this was not a one-time event. There have been recent attacks against Sikh-Americans and Sikh religious institutions in Michigan, New York, and California as well. Although there is no evidence suggesting these attacks were coordinated, it is clear there is a disturbing and violent trend that must be addressed and ended.
This resolution has three aims. The first is to highlight the contributions of Sikh-Americans to the United States, of which there are many. You may know that one such accomplishment resulted in the election of a Sikh-American to Congress in the late 1950s.
Second, this resolution seeks to put Congress squarely on the record condemning violence, discrimination, and hate crimes against Sikh-Americans – including several such incidents over the past year.
Third, the resolution urges governmental and societal outreach to the Sikh-American community, as well as supporting the call for the Department of Justice to begin collecting comprehensive data on hate crimes committed against Sikhs, which is not happening at present.
While there is much more that must be done, this measure is a strong step in the right direction. We hope you will join us as an original co-sponsor of this important resolution.
Member of Congress