Tag: White House

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 […]

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 […]

My Trip to the Sikh Community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

My Trip to the Sikh Community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

In the last week, I witnessed the pain and terrible grief of these children and their families who lost their mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts in the massacre. But I also witnessed a multifaith movement for justice help the Sikh community find the courage to rise […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ugandan LGBT Advocate Killed

Ugandan LGBT Advocate Killed

David Kato, an LGBT advocate and spokesperson with Sexual Minorities Uganda, was found bludgeoned to death in his home near the Ugandan capital of Kampala. It is currently unclear if his death is linked to his activism, but his name was included in a published […]

Last Day of Production

Last Day of Production

Today was the final day of our summer film production. We spent the day filming b-roll (images of people and places) around our nation’s capital, and then we ended our summer journey with a celebration dinner. And yes, even a shameless dance of joy. Today’s […]