Following the attack on 68 year old Amrik Singh Bal, the Fresno community held a town hall meeting at our very own Paaras Youth Center to discuss what actions the Sikhs could take to prevent future attacks. The room was filled to the brim with supporters and well wishers from both Sikh and non-Sikh backgrounds.read moreAre you still using plastic water bottles? A common misconception is that bottled water is healthier for us than tap water. Did you know that tap water is actually more heavily regulated in the United States than bottled water is? The Environmental Protection Agency regulates tap water over 400 times a month; they are mandated under the Clean Water Act to do so. However, privately owned companies like Nestle and PepsiCo, the two corporations that own a majority of the bottled water industry, are not required by the government to meet federal standards. Why do we need to stop? Bottled water consumption in the U.S is through the roof; Americans alone use 50 billion plastic water bottles annually. With a recycling rate of only 23%, this means our nation alone wastes 38 billion water bottles a year. The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes. The amount of petroleum used to manufacture plastic bottles for America for just one year is enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for an entire year, 17 million barrels of oil. Along with the tremendous amount of energy and fossil fuel consumption it takes to produce this many plastic bottles, our planet suffers. The 38 billion bottles of water that do not get recycled each year end up in either a landfill or in our oceans. According to National Geographic News, eight million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans each year, harming all forms of wildlife. Where we spend our money sends a huge message. Let us be mindful of the products we use and where they end up after we are done using them. Invest in a reusable water bottle and avoid using plastic plates, cups, cutlery and straws whenever you can. Anjum Kaur serves on Misl Council for the Bay Area and also studies Environmental Studies at San Jose State University.read more
Misl Fresno will be hosting the first regional meeting of the new year. Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to, The Sikh Honors and Service Society, The Jakara Movement Clubs, The Fresno Community Garden, and the direction of the Misl in 2016. Please bring your family and yourself to the meeting, so you can help guide the future of Misl Fresno in 2016!
Jakara Movement is hosting a toy, book, and school supply drive in Sacramento. This project is created by two of our very own high school volunteers as a part of their senior project. The school supplies will go to St. Johns Women and Children Center and the books and toys will be donated to a school in Punjab. The two drop off locations are West Sacramento Gurdwara (2301 Evergreen Ave Sacramento Ca 95691) and Pell Drive Gurdwara (4600 Pell Drive Sacramento Ca 95838). Please donate any new or gently used toys and books. If you have any unused school supplies please donate those as well. We will be accepting donations up until Feb 10th.