Category: Immigration

The Compassion Collective Takes Back Mother’s Day 2016

The Compassion Collective Takes Back Mother’s Day 2016

Take back Mother’s Day with the Compassion Collective. Mother’s Day wasn’t created to honor the kind of love that stays home and hoards our blessings. It was created to honor the kind of love that marches out and serves. I’ve teamed up with five stellar […]

Beyond ‘Us and Them’ – Harvard Divinity School

Beyond ‘Us and Them’ – Harvard Divinity School

I was honored to receive the Peter J. Gomes STB ’68 Memorial Award this week from my alma mater, Harvard Divinity School. Here is the wonderful article that Harvard posted: When Valarie Kaur, MTS ’07, visited the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, after a […]

Amid Anti-Muslim Hate, Sign This Letter of Support to the Muslim Community

Amid Anti-Muslim Hate, Sign This Letter of Support to the Muslim Community

Sign our letter of solidarity with the Muslim community in America. The letter says: America is not America without Muslims. As people of faith and moral conscience, we promise to defend our Muslim brothers and sisters from attack, to speak up when they are maligned, and […]

First-Ever Sikh Float in Rose Parade

First-Ever Sikh Float in Rose Parade

It was an incredible experience to watch the first-ever Sikh float at the Rose Parade. It celebrated the story of Sikhs in America, starting with pioneers like my grandfather who settled in California 101 years ago. The float features a replica of the first gurdwara in America – one […]

First-Ever Sikh Prayer at the Pentagon – My Remarks

First-Ever Sikh Prayer at the Pentagon – My Remarks

Published by Huffington Post. The following remarks were delivered at the Pentagon’s first-ever event to commemorate the Sikh faith on April 25, 2014. Hosted by the Pentagon Chaplain, the program was organized by Major Kalsi, Captain Rattan, Corporal Lamba, and the Sikh Coalition, an organization […]

My Top 10 Moments of 2013

My Top 10 Moments of 2013

Today, families are gathering together around great bonfires in Northern India and around the world to celebrate Lohri, the harvest festival of Punjab. As a girl, I would blink at the growing flames, listen to the pounding of the dhol (drum), and hold my breath as family members […]

Millennials, Moral Vision, and Movement Building

Millennials, Moral Vision, and Movement Building

“We need to have an ‘American spring’… nonviolent change where people from the grassroots get involved again.”  – Former Vice President Al Gore, August 2011 We’re hungry for a movement. Faith and moral communities around the globe are tired of politics that maintain the status […]

Day at the White House

Day at the White House

On June 22, I had the privilege of spending the afternoon at the White House at the invitation of the President. A typical work day.  I was invited as one of 150 community leaders across the country for a briefing and reception in honor of […]

What Would You Say To the President?

What Would You Say To the President?

I’ve just received an invitation from President Obama to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing and reception in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage.  The shock is not wearing off. I’ve asked Sharat to come with me, and both of us are […]

ICE’s PR Campaign Won’t Help “Secure Communities”

ICE’s PR Campaign Won’t Help “Secure Communities”

On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a new “community outreach program” to soften ICE’s negative image.  The program, tested in Chicago before launched nation-wide, will facilitate community partnerships “to combat stereotypes, mistrust, and misinformation that people […]