Sikh Coordination Committee East Coast successfully Organized 3rd National Sikh Day parade at ,WASHINGTON D.C.
The leadership of Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Indiana, Michigan, and California Gurdwaras and Jathebandis addressed the concluding rally held at the US Capitol Hill grounds. The leaders talked about Sikh Identity, Sikh Values, Sikh Culture and Sikh Sovereignty.
Sukhdeep Singh Barnala, Calgary Canada was the featured speaker, who spoke eloquently on current Sikh issues including the looting of Punjab river waters. In addition the rally was addressed by Dr. Amarjit Singh of Khalistan Affairs Center; Dr. Bakhshish Singh Sandhu, President Council of Khalistan; Boota Singh Kharoud, Convener-USA SAD Amritsar; Dilbagh Singh UK, Producer movie Toofan Singh; Sarbjit Kaur, United Sikhs; Avtar Singh Pannu, Sikhs For Justice and Gurvinder Singh, United Sikhs, Australia.
Harpreet Singh Rana, of Sikhs For Justice was conferred with the Dr. Gurmit Singh Aulakh Memorial Award-2018 for his unrelenting and dedicated work for Sikh Nation and Punjab Independence Referendum 2020.
“SCCEC in a short span of less than three years of its existence has accomplished remarkable successes. To promote Sikh Identity, it has effectively lobbied in several US States to recognize month of April as “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month”. New Jersey became the first state in the nation to legislate a law signed by its Governor (after bills passed in state Assembly and Senate unanimously) to make April 14th each year as Sikh Day and April each year as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month”, said Himmat Singh, Coordinator of SCCEC.
Additionally, in the US House, working with the US Congressional Sikh Caucus, it was instrumental in getting Bill HR 189 introduced in US House to recognize April 14th as National Sikh Day. Similar effort is underway also in US Senate, where Pennsylvania Senator Patrick Toomey read a floor statement in Senate Chamber recognizing Sikh Religion and April 14th as Khalsa Sirjana Divas.
“This is the beginning of the Sikh community’s participation in American political process and many more successes are destined to come”, said Harjinder Singh, Media Spokesman of SCCEC. In the end Himmat Singh thanked all the parade participants, the Sikh leadership in attendance and the Volunteers for their untiring service to make this parade a rousing success.”