Episode 4 - June 15, 2014 Show

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Arjan, Guru Granth Sahib, p.199 pUrw inAwau kry krqwru ] The Creator gives complete justice.   Upcoming Events: Lalkaar Conference 6/19-22 - definitely a must for college-students!  Inspirational, educational, and fun!   June 28th - Rally Against Underage Drinking - Rio Vista Middle School 9-1pm - call Iqbal for details 559-677-7454 Bhujangi 7/13-23 - The Jakara Movement's very popular camp for Punjabi boys.  Register today - few spots left! Bhujangan 7/17-20 - The Jakara Movement's unique retreat for Punjabi girls in high school.  You don't want to miss it. Take the survey please! Read more

Episode 3 - June 8, 2014 Show

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Vaar of the day Bhai Gurdas, Vaar 4 ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਆਖੀਐ ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖੀ ਸੁਣਿ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਪਾਲੈ। ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਲੰਘੈ ਪਿਰਮ ਪਿਆਲੈ ॥੧੮॥ The teachings of the Guru are subtler even than the hair itself; the Sikh should always follow them. The Sikhs of the Guru go across the world-ocean by virtue of their cup full of love.     Upcoming Events: June 14th – Free Water Seva in Honor of Shaheedi of Guru Arjan - call Iqbal for details 559-677-7454 Lalkaar Conference 6/19-22 - definitely a must for college-students!  Inspirational, educational, and fun!   June 28th - Rally Against Underage Drinking - Rio Vista Middle School 9-1pm - call Iqbal for details 559-677-7454 Bhujangi 7/13-23 - The Jakara Movement's very popular camp for Punjabi boys.  Register today - few spots left! Bhujangan 7/17-20 - The Jakara Movement's unique retreat for Punjabi girls in high school.  You don't want to miss it. Take the survey please! Read more

Misl Fresno Honors 2014 SHSS Seniors

Misl Fresno is excited to honor our four Sikh Honor and Service Society (SHSS) graduating seniors tonight.  The following four individuals are those that showed significant improvement or maintenance of their GPA and completed requisite 'service-learning' hours. These sevadar/nis are our future and we are pleased to be able to share their stories and celebrate their achievements. Event Details: WHO: Join us (EVERYONE IS WELCOME!)WHAT: Celebrate all local Sikh high schoolers - current sophomores, juniors, and seniors (along with their parents and families!) are especially encouraged to come!WHERE: Paaras Youth Center (5470 W. Spruce Ave Suite 103; Fresno, CA 93722)WHEN: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6-8pm  Please call Iqbal Singh at 559-677-SIKH (7454) and let us know that you will be attending, so we can make sure we have enough space.  RSVP at this site.WHY: Learn about SHSS, Misl Fresno, the Jakara Movement, and most importantly - celebrate our local Sikh youth! Read more

Episode 2 - June 1, 2014 Show

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Ramdas, Guru Granth Sahib, p. 407 ikAw Ehu Kty ikAw Ehu KwvY ijsu AMdir shsw duKu pieAw ] inrvYrY nwil ij vYru rcwey sBu pwpu jgqY kw iqin isir lieAw ] What shall they earn, and what shall they eat? Within their heart, they are filled with pain. Those who hates the One who has no hatred, they bear the load of sins/hurts of the world on their head.   Upcoming Events: June 8th – Freedom March and Rally Lalkaar Conference 6/19-22 - definitely a must for college-students!  Inspirational, educational, and fun!   Bhujangi 7/13-23 - The Jakara Movement's very popular camp for Punjabi boys.  Register today - few spots left! Bhujangan 7/17-20 - The Jakara Movement's unique retreat for Punjabi girls in high school.  You don't want to miss it. Take the survey please!  News: Dal Khalsa calls for "Amritsar Bandh" on June 6 Oak Creek Mayor writing book on Gurdwara attack by white supremacist Local Elections on June 3 - Front page of Fresno Bee with Sikh poll officer, Raj Sanghu    Read more

Jakara Juniors in Toronto 2014

Guest blogged by first-time volunteer Nimrata Virk Jakara Juniors was a great success this year and I'm thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to volunteer at the camp. The day was packed with a variety of activities that not only educated the children, but also taught me a few things. I got to meet and interact with many inspiring people who constantly emphasized the importance of going to the Gurdwara.  Read more

Announcing Amrit Kaur - Community Organizer

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa,Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Dear Jakara Volunteers, It is with great pleasure and humility that I have the opportunity to share with you the news of my new position as Southern California Community Organizer for the Jakara Movement. I have been actively involved in the Jakara Movement since I attended my first event four years ago, and I am very excited to take my commitment and dedication to this organization and its vision to the next level. One of my favorite quotes from Rumi (and words I live by) is “let the beauty we love be what we do.” When there is passion behind the work we do, it fuels us to work for the change we believe is possible. I have the aspiration to surround myself with those who are committed to facilitating positive change. Without a doubt, the Jakara Movement offers that experience and atmosphere. Read more

My first Jakara Juniors volunteer experience

Jakara Juniors was a very memorable experience for me and my fellow classmates. Being a part of this camp was an amazing opportunity that was offered to us. This camp did not only teach me about my religion, but also the importance of an individual to stay in touch with one's religion and people. Throughout this camp, I learned that many children are unaware about their religion and do not know much about it. I and many of my classmates had the opportunity to teach these children about our religion and about the Gurdwaras.To educate children, we took them to different parts of the Gurdwara such as the Darbaar Hall, the Langar Hall, and the Nishan Sahib. The children were taught the importance of these places and why they exist. Many of them were surprised to find out what each place represents. After this, we did activities with the students such as drawing the parts of the Gurdwara, translate a vaar, and ask us any questions they wished to ask. All the small activities engaged the children and it was a fun experience for everyone.At the end, everyday played a game of Jeopardy which had questions related to what the students had learned. Everybody enjoyed this part and all children were involved in the game. I saw a huge progress in the children answering the questions as I saw in the beginning of the camp. Not only the children, I, myself learned a lot through this camp. I would be honored to be a part of another camp like this. It was a knowledgeable and memorable experience for me.   Poonam Kaur is a senior at Livingston High School and an active member in getting Misl Livingston to be established.

The Last Killing Screening: Misl Phoenix

On Wednesday, April 23rd, Jakara Misl Phoenix held a movie screening for Ensaaf’s The Last Killing.  This screening followed various cases of fake police-encounters that were witnessed by Satwant Singh, a former Punjab Police officer. Satwant Singh depicted these encounters and murders by the police as well as his own torture. We were also able to see how Satwant Singh was fighting the cases for many of these victims but was ultimately denied by India’s judicial system. Read more

Reflections on the Jakara Movement's Caravan for the El Paso 37

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO STAY INFORMED - please fill out the petition and circulate! Fresno, CA (April 28, 2014): Although widely known, it Is an issue that is often ignored in the Sikh-American community.  It is the issue of immigration.  The subject is large and has many parts.  This article explores one of those parts and one group of young immigrants. It was a ColorLines (online magazine) article in December 2013 that first alerted Sikh-Americans to the plight of 32 Punjabi men that were being held in El Paso, Texas (USA).  These young men from Punjab had come through a long and difficult journey (from Punjab to Delhi to Istanbul to Guatemala to Mexico) and upon entering the United States, immediately surrendered themselves to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.  They immediately sought political asylum, due to the brutal tactics of the Indian Government.  It is important to emphasize that they were not caught by ICE officials. Rather they did not try to live illegally, but rather upon entering turned themselves into the proper authorities.Despite the US Supreme Court’s decision that urge Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to either reject or parole asylum-seekers within 6 months, some of these Punjabi men continued to be detained even after 12-15 months without any indication of being.  All had passed their interviews and had established ‘credible fear’ due to the brutal policies of the Indian Government.  They have all been detained for far longer than the limit.  Should America that says it welcomes its arms to those that seek freedom, now turn around and imprison these same people? The story only gets worse. Read more

Caravan for the El Paso 37

FOLLOW US LIVE - www.elpaso37.org SIGN THE CARAVAN PETITION OF SOLIDARITY - SIGN UP WITH OUR PARTNER - 18 Million Rising On Friday, April 25, 2014, 12 young Californian Sikh-Americans will be setting out on a caravan from Fresno , CA to El Paso, TX, taking action in solidarity with almost 40 Punjabi migrants on hunger strike in an El Paso federal immigration detention center. They will be stopping in 2 Southern California locations.  The 12 collegiate students will be accompanied by Professor Rahuldeep Singh of Cal Lutheran University and holding seven public events to raise awareness at Sikh Gurdwaras (places of worship) along the way– beginning in Fresno and continuing to Bakersfield, Pacoima, Artesia, Riverside, Phoenix, and Tempe before meeting the detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainment center in El Paso, Texas.  The "El Paso 37" is the moniker spreading on social media for the 37 Punjabi detainees from India who are being held at the El Paso Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center. The detainees, who are seeking political asylum, have been held since June 2013. Though many have gone through credible fear interviews establishing their reasons for seeking asylum and all have had their identities confirmed and security-checked, still they are being detained, instead of the customary policy of parole and release. “Immigration is one of the most important issues facing our nation. We need to have a policy for asylum-seekers that is inline with the principles we stand for,” stated Marines Infantry Veteran, Jasdeep Singh, one of the caravan participants. The 12 travelers are resolved to help publicize the issue and represent a new wave of political engagement by Sikh-American youth that are eager to grapple with some of the critical issues of the day. Rahuldeep Singh, Assistant Professor of Religion at Cal Lutheran University, who is accompanying the group shared, “Sikh-American youth are becoming engaged and bringing to light new voices on immigration and other issues of social justice, which marks a turning point in Sikh-American history. We are witnessing a monumental shift in the politicization of a new generation of Asian-Americans.”  The van for the El Paso 37 is being supported by a vast coalition of groups, including 18 Million Rising, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (LA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Asian Law Caucus), Dream Defenders, GetEQUAL, Korean Resource Center, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, Presente.org, and United We Dream. For more information on the “El Paso 37” see: www.elpaso37.org   SCHEDULE: Friday, April 25th 7:00-8:00am: The Caravan will meet at Singh Sabha (4827 N. Parkway Drive; Fresno, CA 93722) and depart at 8am to begin the journey to El Paso. We encourage community members and supports to come see the caravan off.  10:00-11:00am: Community gathering at Gurdwara Guru Angad Darbar in Bakersfield (8100 Stine Road, Bakersfield, CA 93313). 1:00-2:00pm: Community gathering at Khalsa Care Foundation (9989 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Pacoima, CA ‎). 3:00-4:00pm: Rally and press conference at the South Asian Network office (18173 Pioneer Boulevard, Artesia, CA 90701).  9:00-10:00pm: Community gathering at Nishkam Seva Gurdwara Sahib in Phoenix (4950 W Tonopah Dr., Glendale, AZ).  Saturday, April 26th Morning (time TBA): The Caravan will be arriving at the El Paso Detention Facility (8915 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX 79925). About the Jakara Movement: Founded in 2000, the Jakara Movement is the largest Sikh-youth organization.  With chapters throughout the United States, the Jakara Movement seeks to develop connected communities through awareness, empowerment, and civic engagement.  For more information, visit www.jakara.org   


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