Tag: Obama

My Remarks at the White House Commemorating the Sikh Faith

My Remarks at the White House Commemorating the Sikh Faith

Published on Huffington Post. The following remarks were delivered by Valarie Kaur at The White House on November 20, 2013. Waheguru Ji Ka Kalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Thank you to President Obama and his staff for gathering us in the White House to celebrate […]

Journey from Oak Creek to Newtown

Journey from Oak Creek to Newtown

Published on Washington Post. When my plane landed in Connecticut early Friday afternoon, I was glad to be home. I had just spent the week in Oak Creek, Wis., with families of victims murdered in the mass shooting on Aug. 5, 2012 at a Sikh […]

Millennials at the Polls in 2012

Millennials showed up at the polls this week! We weren’t out in the same numbers as 2008, but we were a sizable force that made a difference. Sixty percent of us voted for President Obama this election. On MSNBC, I offer a portrait of the […]

Sikh Americans and the Obama Administration

Sikh Americans and the Obama Administration

Letter from dear friend and mentor Amardeep Bhalla to fellow Sikh Americans on Election Day: Dear Sikh Friends, In case there is any Sikh American voter left to be persuaded, I just wanted to share this quick but comprehensive list of what the Obama Administration […]

President Obama, Come to Oak Creek

President Obama, Come to Oak Creek

Published on CNN. (CNN) — Last Saturday morning, when media crews outside the Sikh gurdwara (house of worship) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, packed up their trucks to chase the news of Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president, Sikh Americans were left reflecting on six days […]

Tragedy Returns to Oak Creek

Tragedy Returns to Oak Creek

Published on Salon. On Wednesday night, Dalbir Singh was closing his store when three masked people approached and opened gunfire. He was shot in the head and died instantly. This crime fits the profile of thousands of failed attempted robberies in the U.S., except that […]

A New Generation of Sikh Americans Step Up

A New Generation of Sikh Americans Step Up

Published by The Washington Post. On Friday morning, I arrived at a conference at the White House to speak on the future of the Sikh American community. On a panel, I reported on a rising generation of Sikhs who are reinterpreting their faith and finding […]

Announcing Groundswell

Announcing Groundswell

As many of you know, for the last decade, I’ve had the opportunity to tour with Divided We Fall, leading dialogues on campuses and communities in 200 cities across the country. And I began to notice something — a rising generation of people like me […]

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 […]