Sikh Tag

Published on Washington Post. With the news that two suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing are accounted for, one dead and the other in custody, I breathed a sigh of relief. A terror-stricken week that began with bombings and ended with shootouts was finally over. But the moment the suspects were identified as Muslim marked a new period of anxiety and vulnerability for millions of Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Americans, including me. As a Sikh American who has chronicled hate crimes and profiling against our communities since Sept. 11,

Sheryl Sandburg asks women to hold fast to personal ambition and "lean in" at work. My question: When women in power lean in, who are they leaning on? What is the good life -- and for whom? I had the chance to lift up perspectives among Millennial women and women of color on MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry Show." Check it out above! Here's my follow-up article on MSNBC: "'Lean In'? For Millennials, the question is what are we leaning toward?" And another on CNN: "Our Struggle to Have it

Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry Blog. As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two marriage equality cases last week, my partner and I watched the television set with bated breath. When the camera zoomed in on the steps of the Supreme Court, and LGBTQ Americans took the podium to tell their stories, we took one another’s hand and choked back tears. We are a straight couple. The Supreme Court’s decisions on Proposition 8 and DOMA will decide the fate not only of about 9 million LGBTQ Americans and 14 million

Published on the Melissa Harris-Perry blog. In the public debate raging over Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In, we should pay special attention to the voices of young people–women and men of different backgrounds. This week alone, I have heard from dozens of Millennials in their 20s and 30s, all from working class and middle class families. We know that “leaning in” to careers comes at a cost: it requires us to “lean on” other people for duties like cleaning and childcare. The people we lean on are often from

Earlier this month, I was proud to take part in Odyssey Networks Town Hall Meeting: Guns and Violence, an interfaith panel of community leaders seeking to keep the debate going on how to fight violence and prevent further tragedy in our country. 2013 Odyssey Networks Town Hall Meeting from Auburn Seminary on Vimeo. As people of faith, we find ourselves now in a unique position to introduce moral persuasion into this debate and transcend partisan politics. TTo learn more on the role of faith and moral consciousness in the

Published on CNN. "Having it all" is having another cultural moment, with the media suddenly awash in the controversy over a new book on women and leadership from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, just weeks after the furor over Yahoo CEO's Marissa Mayer calling telecommuting employees back into the office -- and presumably pulling women that much further from their work-life balance plan. But plenty of women have pondered the question long before this. CNN.com's Opinion section asked a group of women to describe when they realized they could -- or

The Center for American Progress has compiled a list of thirteen progressive faith leaders to watch in 2013. I'm incredibly honored to be included at number six among such distinguished colleagues! 2012 presented us with unprecedented challenges in the fight for equality and civil liberties, and our work is far from complete. Here's to the good work ahead. Check out the 12 other progressive faith leaders to watch here. Valarie Kaur—a filmmaker, civil rights advocate, and organizer—is a standout figure in the world of interfaith organizing and activism. In addition to helping

Published by Vogue India. Sikh-American activist and film-maker Valarie Kaur is moving America with her passionate fight for a misunderstood community. By Aarti Virani WHO'S THAT GIRL? Over the weeks that followed the gut-wrenching massacre at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last August–a tragedy that left seven (including the gunman) dead–a brave, young voice filled American airwaves. Even as she spoke for the rights of Sikh-Americans on a dizzying array of media platforms, Valarie Kaur propelled members of her grieving community to organize vigils, write op-eds and join forces

Published by The Interfaith Observer. A Virtual Community Empowering Grassroots Interfaith Communities When a dozen twenty-somethings gathered in my tiny living room in the fall of 2010, vexed about the firestorm of protest against Park 51, an Islamic center planned in Manhattan known as “the Ground Zero Mosque,” we had no idea that we were planting the seed for a movement. We were Christian, Muslim, Jew, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu and Humanist Millennials who had come of age in the decade after September 11, 2001. All of us were tired of

By Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju Published on Huffington Post. Six months ago today, a small Midwestern town was rocked by a mass shooting at a house of worship. The massacre in Oak Creek, Wisconsin that claimed the lives of six people on August 5, 2012 is only one in a tragically long list of recent mass shootings. Yet in this political moment - when sustained public pressure could lead to real gun control reform - the Oak Creek tragedy and response offers a vital lesson: the efficacy of resilience. We