Bay Area Kaur Voices Recap

The Sikh female is a figure doubly marginalized – first as a minority within a larger western landscape; second as a woman, a discrimination she faces both within and outside the Sikh community. To dedicate an event to the voices of Kaurs is a small homage to an ongoing conversation about Sikh woman that is starting to take seed and that we hope to expand. On February 1, Misl Bay Area held its second annual Kaur Voices. Over 80 young women and men from all over California gathered in Berkeley’s International House to listen to spoken word and narratives, and explore artwork produced by Sikh women. After establishing the Kaur Voices space, we could not be happier with the engagement of our audience and the willingness of our performers to share personal stories. We had over 15 Kaurs and a couple Singhs who shared intimate details of their lives or their perspectives on subjects that are often categorized as taboo or inappropriate to be discussed. One Kaur discussed her personal struggle with mental illness, highlighting how imperative it is that we address mental illness as a community rather than isolate those who might be affected. A Singh discussed his mother’s journey in the face of an abusive husband. And another Kaur shared an anonymously submitted story written about two Kaurs in love with each other.  Thank you to all who came out! We are also very excited to be expanding Kaur Voices events to Los Angeles, Minnesota and Maryland this coming spring! Please check back for more details.       

What's in store for 2014!

Misl MN is super excited to share what we have in store for 2014! We want to focus this year on Sewa, Sangat, youth and women empowerment. We will be doing this by hosting our first ever Kaur Voices this coming April. We hope to inspire our Kaur sisters to share their talents and spread awareness of equality within our broader Minnesota community. We also plan to throw our 3rd Jakara Juniors camp in June. We feel like we are finally at a point where we can execute, get volunteers and actually have value added conversations with the youth. It’s only going to get better from here! Lastly, we will be facilitating workshops for high schools kids every month. Here we will discuss issues the youth are facing and provide mentors where kids can have a resource to answer questions involving; college, resumes, homework, and much more! This is a glimpse of what we want to accomplish, please join us on our journey!

Misl Fresno 2014 Calendar (Feb-May)

We hope you are having a wonderful New Year. Misl Fresno Council is planning events for the next six months.  We are extremely excited about our programs from Social events to Seva events; whether you've attended in the past or if this will be your first time, please join us; we're friendly! :) February: Friday - February 7th (Regional Meeting/Bowling/Billiards) 6-8pm; Movie (10pm) Thanks to all that came out! Tuesday - February 11th (Poverello House) 4:30pm-6pm.  Thanks to all that came out! Check out the pics! Tuesday - February 25th (ENSAAF's The Last Killing Movie Screening) 6pm @ Fresno State Amazing turnout! Thanks to all that came out!  Here's a pic! Read more

Misl San Antonio: Sahibzadey Remembrance Day

The children of Misl San Antonio wanted a creative and interactive way to celebrate Sikh History. So on Saturday January 4, 2014, Misl San Antonio put on this first Sahibzadey Remembrance Day. The sangat got together to remember the teachings and legacy of the Char Sahibzadey. There were over 30 participants aged 3 to 16 and they all came with their own stories of inspiration taken from the lives of Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Sons. The morning started with the entire sangat singing "Mata Gujri Kol do Heere" followed by a vivid storytelling of the events and battles that led up to this turbulent moment in history. Tales of Bhai Bachiter Singh, the battle of Chamkaur and bravery of Bhai Sangat Singh ji provided both campers and sevadars the opportunity to reflect on the honor, commitment, and discipline of the Sikhs. To dig deeper into the discipline of the Khalsa, campers pretended to sit on the banks of the Sirsa river and do Nam Simran while knowing that the fate of the faith would be decided in the next few months. After talking about the Vadey Sahibzadey, we turned our attention to the Chotey Sahibzadey. Although they were too young to fight on the battlefield. They showed courage in other ways. The young ages of Guru Gobind Singh's two younger sons aged 7 and 9 really struck the campers because many of them were at the same age. Read more

Awareness and Warm Feelings in Selma

This past week Jakara Movement took on the initiative to 'know our neighbors' around the Selma Gurdwara. We had the opportunity to chat face to face with the locals around the Gurdwara as we went door to door on Tuesday evening to provide a brief description on Sikhi, Gurdwaras, and that we would be back in a few days with a hand-baked pizza for them. For some of these locals this was actually their first exposure to anything Sikhi related and it was a great experience in which we were able to teach and learn from each other.Read the entire post here Read more

Seva in Selma

In 2014 from Tuesday January 7th through Friday January 10th there was an event held at the Selma Gurdwara. What was it? At the Selma Gurdwara we made pizza, went to houses around the Gurdwara and served smiles, flyers and pizzas.  After what had happened at the Cherry St. Gurdwara in 2013, we decided to be pro-active and grassroots in our community.  We delivered pizzas to give thanks to our fellow neighbors and actually welcome them. On Wednesday January 7th we split up into teams and handed out flyers and got to see the neighborhoods we were going to deliver the pizzas to.  It was the first time I got to visit communities that were very different than the one I lived in.  Differences in language, class, and ethnicity were overcome through smiles and hugs. On Thursday the 9th we prepared, baked, and delivered 120 pizzas to the neighborhoods around the Gurdwara. On Friday the 10th we just had an open house so if the neighbors had any questions they wanted to ask they could along with learning more about our religion. The event was about showing, not just telling, that we Punjabi Sikhs are really just nice and loving people. Read more

How I Spent My New Year's Day

When I woke up early in the morning on New Year’s Day I was so happy I would get to see my fellow brothers and sisters from Jakara but I was even happier knowing that I would be reaching out to the less fortunate.  As a member from another charity group called SEVA, Jakara only gave me a more rich opportunities to feed the homeless.   As I started to help make a big batch of spaghetti I realized how much we were able to bond and come together to make a difference.  As we loaded our cars and headed to a spot behind Loaves and Fishes I saw how many people were left out on the streets to struggle on their own.   Read the entire post here Read more

Winter in Fresno

During these winter days, we hope you spend time with your family cherishing both them, as well as learning about events from our history.  On December 26th, we remember the two chotay sahibzadas - Sahibzadas Zorawar and Fateh Singh.  Standing with their grandmother, Mata Gujri, on the Thanda Burj in that cold winter night, they promised their lives for truth.  In their spirit, let us commit ours to compassion, generosity, and conviction.We hope you will join us as we celebrate them, during the winter days. Read more

Press Statement: Support for Gurbakash Singh

PRESS STATEMENT  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  ContactSukhman Dhamisdhami@ensaaf.org1.800.668.1516 x 101 Sikh American Organizations Stand with Gurbakash Singh on 36th Day of His Hunger Strike; Demand Rule of Law in India December 19, 2013 -- We, the undersigned organizations, are concerned about the plight of Gurbakash Singh, a Sikh activist in Punjab, who is on hunger strike to protest against the treatment of Sikh prisoners detained under counterinsurgency laws in India, who many believe have completed their sentences and are being held beyond their terms. Read more

Hiring - Youth Center Director

Job Opening: Join the Movement as a Youth Center Director The Jakara Movement with the Guru’s Nadir (Grace), seva of our volunteers, and the baksh (benediction) of the Sangat is pleased to announce our third employment position.  We are seeking a full-time Youth Center Director, based in Fresno, CA to provide leadership with the sangat in this new endeavor. Youth Center Director Jakara MovementLocation: Fresno, CA Job Summary: The Jakara Movement is seeking a full-time Youth Center Director to join our team. This is a fast-paced role in a growing organization, seeking to provide direct services within the community.  The Jakara Movement offers a total compensation program focused on competitive benefits, flexibility, and pay. If you are interested in joining our team or advancing within the Jakara Movement, this your opportunity! Please note that the salary range for this position is $31,000-38,000 per year, based on experience and meeting program goals of recruitment.  The candidate will also receive health, vacation, and sick leave benefits. This position seeks a minimum 18-month commitment. Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Youth Center Director is responsible for the overall operation, development, education, and management of the Youth Center and Tutoring Services.  Particular focus in this position will be on supervising all the Center’s operations and fiscal responsibilities. The Youth Center Director will participate in articulating the Center’s goals and philosophy in consultation with the Board of Directors. Read more

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