Jakara Sevadars rallied at the Ravidas Temple in Selma, California to start a new recycling initiative in the Fresno valley in an attempt to kick of Sikh Environment Day. The Jakara Movement along with The Sikh Council of Fresno united to distribute recycling bins to all the local Gurdwaras. The Jakara Movement sevadar Harnoor Singh led the march for recycling along with Bhinda Singh. "Well I was a part of the Green Gurdwara camp in the past, and we told kids how they could be more environmentally conscious in our Gurdwaras, well here is a real opportunity to get the work started". Harnoor Singh has been a part of Misl Fresno for 3 years now and takes part in many Jakara events such as, Bhujangi, Jakara Juniors, and our Meal Sharing Programs. "We don't get a chance to do stuff like this back where I'm from, This is a great opportunity to be an active part of my local Sangat". Bhinda Singh, a Selma native, and one of our newer members all the way from Scotland was overcome with excitement as he carried two recycling bins over his shoulders and made his way over to his first Gurdwara pit stop. If your looking for a way to get more involved in your local community please click here and get engaged with your local Sangat today!!!read more“Kaur Voices” took place on Feb 21 at the UC Berkeley campus. For some performers, the night was a quantum leap - the start of a burgeoning relationship with artistry, the end to their silence. For others, the stage was a regularity - another story in a book, another opportunity to grasp. But whether the performers were new or experienced, Singhs or Kaurs, poets/poetesses or artists, the third annual “Kaur Voices” (organized by UC Berkeley’s SSA) culminated into, what can safely be said as, a night of ten powerful performances about topics that desperately needed to be discussed amongst the Punjabi, Sikh diaspora. The underlying theme of the event, “The Talk We Never Had,” was reflected in thought-provoking pieces about feminism, self-love, identity, female infanticide, Sikhi, and other personal stories that resonated with an audience of about 75 people. “Kaur Voices” was not limited to any age, gender, or ethnicity. Students from high school and college were welcomed to join as performers or audience members. These conversation-starting events are deeply important because they provide a platform for critical thinking, healthy discourse, and positive development. Navya Kaur is a high school junior, a rising journalist, and the first high school performer at Kaur Voices!read more
This Sunday night at the Paaras Youth Center, we will be screening The Waiting Room. This documentary from 2012 is considered one of the best on the issues of health care in the United States. This issue affects all of us, but as Sikhs, especially in the Central Valley where we have such a large number of us engaged in questions of health and medicine, from physicians to nurses, from techs to various businesses, it is extremely important we come to talk about this issue.
About the movie - The Waiting Room:
A moving portrait of people doing their jobs under very difficult circumstances - and, in virtually every moment we see, doing them with efficiency, wisdom and compassion.
We call on ALL to attend - whether a health care professional or just someone interested in health, let's have this discussion together.
Following the movie, we are pleased to have a special panel discussion with two health professionals on their thoughts and comments about the movie and their own experiences in health.
Dr. Harcharn Singh Chann is a cardiologist and has been practicing in Fresno for more than 30 years. He will share his experiences about the changes in the medical system and his own thoughts on the movie for the community discussion.
Prabhkamal Rai is a young registered nurse. A recent graduate from Fresno State's nursing program, she will share a youth and new perspective on her early experiences in the hospital and what this film tells and doesn't tell us. She is excited about this community discussion.