Palvinder Returns

Now up to 6 full-time and 1 part-time staff members, we serve the needs of the Sikh community up and down the state of California and beyond.  Palvinder Kaur returns to the Sacramento/Yuba City region after completing her Masters in Public Health from the University of Texas at Houston.  Below this message you'll see her address to the community. Read more

State of the Movement – May 2017 - Punjabi Zubane Zindabad!

It has been some time, since I have last updated the sangat and while I owe an apology, it has not been due to a lack of work.  Since we last spoke, the Jakara Movement has some really important news to share.  Here is a snap shot in bullet form of what this email will cover.  If you're brave enough to get to the end, don't hesitate to share with me your thoughts and ideas. Jakara Movement Efforts to Demand Punjabi Recognition from Congress US Census will Recognize Punjabi in 2020 Growth of Punjabi Language in California The State of the SHSS - High School Sikh Life The State of the JMC - Collegiate Sikh Life Update from Soojh: Building Begampura and Casting out Caste Lalkaar Conference - 5 Reasons Why EVERY Collegiate Sikh Needs to Attend Bhujangan Kaur Leadership Retreat (July 13-16) Bhujangi Sikh Boys Academy (July 15-23) 4th Annual "Rise Above the Influence" Basketball Tournament (June 3-4) 5Rivers Scholarship Support Gurmukh Singh's Family 1984 Sikh Genocide Resolution in Pittsburgh, PA Read more

Know Your Neighbor - Livingston

With hate crimes on a rise, I think it’s crucial for all of us to come as one to raise our community profile, create real interactions, and build sangat through initiatives like the Know Your Neighbor. The first time we had the Know Your Neighbor event was in Fresno when Piara Singh ji was beaten for simply being a Sikh man. To put an end to such ignorance, our Sikh youth got together to educate their neighbors about Sikhs. Just recently, similar hate crime took place in Kent, Washington. A Sikh man was shot in his arm and was told to go back to his country. I was at the Stockton Gurudwara when I first heard about this. I was furious and wanted to have the know your neighbor event in our local community before such incident took place in our area! Livingston High School’s Sikh Honor Service Society’s members came together with Merced College’s Jakara Movement Club and had a Know Your Neighbor event in Livingston from March 9th to 11th.  Read more

Announcing Jasmin Kaur - Central Valley Intern

Waheguru Ji Ka KhalsaWaheguru Ji Ke Fateh I am more than honored to be your Northern Central Valley Community Organizer-Intern for such a Gurmat-inspired community building organization. Although I was born here in the Central Valley, I spent my first few years growing up in Punjab. Going to a Christian school early on didn’t allow me the opportunity to learn and connect with my roots of Sikhism. It wasn’t until I attended Jakara Movement’s annual Sikh Conference Lalkaar, where I had the opportunity to attend workshops and have open discussions among peers on topics that we normally don’t discuss in our community or even among our families. The whole experience led me to start Jakara Movement’s chapter at CSU Stanislaus.  Read more

Nishaan 2016 Sponsorship

As the winter season comes upon us, we used this time to remember the shaheedi of the youngest sons of Guru Gobind Singh.  Most of the Gurus had children - Guru Nanak had Sri Chand and Lakhmi Chand; Guru Angad had Baba Dasu, Baba Dattu, Bibi Amro, and Bibi Anokhi; Guru Amardas had Bhai Mohan, Bhai Mohri, Bibi Dani, and Bibi Bhani; Guru Ramdas had Prithi Chand, Baba Mahan Dev, and Guru Arjan; Guru Arjan had Guru Hargobind; Guru Hargobind had Ram Rai and Guru Harkrishan; and Guru Tegh Bahadur had Guru Gobind Singh. However the children of Guru Gobind Singh are distinct as we remember them as 'Sahibzadehs,' a term of praise not usually associated with the children of other Gurus.  The reason is that while some of the Gurus' children followed in the path of the Gurus, others were led by their own ego (Bhai Gurdas has a complete vaar naming the sons that did not follow the Guru's path, and though near the sandalwood, did not become fragrant).  Guru Gobind Singh's sons were unique in that they all gave their lives for the Khalsa.  The memory of the two choteh Sahibzadehs has inspired Sikh communities for generations.  When your own great-grandfather felt pain, he could remember their sacrifice.  When your own grandmother faced her own challenges, she could be inspired by their sacrifice.  When your parents sought to connect you to the Sikh tradition, they shared with you their sacrifice.  We hope you keep this oral knowledge living and continuing - share the story with your friends, children, cousins, and beyond. Read more

State of the Movement - December 2016

We have so much big and exciting news to share that I wanted to give you a warning in advance for the length of this email.  I hope it'll be informative and interesting to you as it covers the state of your Jakara Movement, while touching on some of the interesting happenings for the California Sikh community in general.  Here is a snap shot in bullet form of what this blog will cover.  If you're brave enough to get to the end, don't hesitate to share with me your thoughts and ideas. Introducing Ramandeep Kaur - Our Bay Area Community Organizer! Gratitude for Amrit Kaur's Seva Now Hiring - 2 new community organizer positions (Sacramento/Yuba City and North Central Valley) Soojh - Building Begampura and Casting out Caste The State of the SHSS - High School Sikh Life The State of the JMC - Collegiate Sikh Life Nishaan - Make Your Mark and Why EVERY High School Sikh Needs to Attend Sikhiya - The Highs and Lows Paaras Sikh Youth Center (Fresno) - What's Stirring Now? Standing with our Muslim Brothers and Sisters - #NSEERS 1984 Sikh Genocide Resolutions Rolling Forward Standing Rock and Sikhs Why Haven't You Gotten in Touch? Holiday Sharing Read more

NOW HIRING - 2 New Positions - Sacramento and Stockton

2 Job Openings: Join the Movement as a Community Organizer The Jakara Movement with the Guru’s Nadir (Grace), seva of our volunteers, the baksh (benediction) of the Sangat, and the parupkaari (generosity) of the community is pleased to announce our fourth employment position.  We are seeking a Sacramento/Yuba City area Community Organizer AND North Central Valley (Stockton to Merced) area Community Organizer to help develop the gambit of Jakara Movement programs and chapters (misls). Read more

Ramandeep Kaur - Welcome Message

Vaheguru Jee Ka KhalsaVaheguru Jee Kee Fateh   I believe in a Sikhi that creates Ekta- where everyone feels loved, welcomed, and encouraged to go further in the message Guru Nanak Sahib envisions. I feel the Jakara Movement strives to fulfill that vision. It is an organization like no other I have been involved in and I am very excited to join as a full time staff member. Over the years, I have been actively involved with the Sangat in Southern California through the UCLA community, the local Gurdwaras, and the local Jakara programs. Read more

State of the Movement - September 2016

This post is long overdue and hopefully anticipated as well.  Lots to report and even more to share.  Let's get started....Summer Report:This summer has been amazing.  We successfully had our Lalkaar collegiate conferences in 2 brand new cities and both were tremendous successes.  In Houston, we started off our summer and had our second conference in Bakersfield, CA.  Attendance especially at the conference in Bakersfield had an uptick pointing to us that continuing to engage new audiences and retain older ones will create sustainable momentum. Read more

NOW HIRING - Bay Area Community Organizer 2016

Job Opening: Join the Movement as a Community Organizer The Jakara Movement with the Guru’s Nadir (Grace), seva of our volunteers, the baksh (benediction) of the Sangat, and the parupkaari (generosity) of the community is pleased to announce our fourth employment position.  We are seeking a Bay Area-area Community Organizer to help develop the gambit of Jakara Movement programs and chapters (misls). Position Title: Community Organizer Organizational Relationship: Reporting to the Executive Director General Summary: The Jakara Movement Community Organizer will recruit, develop, retain and train local volunteers to promote programming and projects, build a greater media and civic presence in the wider community, and implement local campaigns and actions. APPLICATIONS DUE: October 1, 2016 Read more


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