Join the movement and make Punjabi an official language of California.
Support Assembly Bill 3179 to recognize the Punjabi language in California.
Did you know?
- Over 140,000 Punjabi language speakers live in California.
- Punjabi is the 3rd most spoken language in most counties between Kern County and Sutter County.
- Punjabi has been spoken in California for nearly 120 years, since the first Sikh migrants arrived in California.
- The first Punjabi newspaper printing press in California dates to 1913, where Kartar Singh Sarabha published The Ghadar with financial support from the Stockton Gurdwara.
This bill will make sure that the State of California recognizes the Punjabi language and will vastly increase state-mandated translations and interpreter availability across the state. The effects are already pronounced as many counties will have Punjabi ballots this June.
Join the movement to make Punjabi an official language of California!
Together we can make this a law in California! Spread the word. Share your story about how Punjabi language access may change your life or those of your family members. Use your social media handles to repost Jakara posts or create your own posts using:
Suggested TWITTER/FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM posts:
- Language Access for All - Recognize Punjabi. #Punjabifornia
- No more discrimination against Punjabi. #Punjabifornia
See the text of the bill here.
Please urge your LEGISLATOR and the GOVERNOR to support AB 3179.
Arm yourself with these facts:
Punjabi is one the ten most-spoken languages in California.
Punjabi is has special designation by the Secretary of State in Alameda, Sutter, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, and Kern Counties.
Punjabi is the third most-spoken language in Central California.
Current California Assembly supporters:
Rudy Salas (D) - Bakersfield
Jim Patterson (R) - Fresno
Frank Bigelow (R) - Madera
Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D) - Fresno
SIGN THE PETITION and SHARE IT! Our goal is 60,000 signatures.