Council Meeting on April 5th, 2013

Meeting notes from the April 5th Council Meeting are attached. Keep your eyes, ears, and Facebooks open for upcoming events! Want more info on meetings?  Contact the Fresno council at: fresno@jakara.org. Read more

Planting Trees

"So, what does 'jakara' mean?" I was asked this question last weekend by a non-Sikh as I joined Misl Sacramento in commemorating Sikh Environment Day.  Officially on March 14, Sikh Environment Day is a worldwide initiative of EcoSikh to help build awareness about preserving our natural world in the legacy of Guru Har Rai Ji. We celebrated this day by taking part in tree and hedge plantings in our region during two Saturday mornings in March, the month of Guru Har Rai Ji's Gur Gaddi anniversary.  Read more

What keeps us going

In the recent weeks we have gone through some changes with Misl MN's board. It wasn't until we sat back and reflected on these questions: what has been working well? what we are passionate about? how can we move forward? until we were able to focus on our upcoming events. Now we have 3 large events in the pipeline for the next couple months including: A sewa project at a food bank, Kaur Voices in April and our Jakara Junior camp in June. We are ready to get over this hurdle and think about all that we can accomplish here in Minnesota!

Council Meeting 3/22/13

Meeting notes from the March 22nd Council Meeting are posted below! Keep your eyes, ears, and Facebooks open for upcoming events! Want more info on meetings?  Contact the Fresno council at: fresno@jakara.org. Read more

Jakara Juniors Kerman

Spring Jakara Juniors Camps have started and these camps are one of the main projects that keep the Movement moving. These camps allow us to reach to the kids in ways that we weren’t reached. The Spring Camps’ theme this year is Vaisakhi a topic that is often touched but never thoroughly explained. The day of the camp is always something that is bittersweet, bitter because it only lasts for one day and sweet because you realize how much you actually touched upon for these little kids. The agenda for the day varies based on the content, but there are usually 3 workshops before lunch, a PowerPoint presentation after lunch, and then another workshop before closing Ardaas.  The first camp of the season was this past weekend in Kerman, California.   Read more

Jakara Juniors Kerman

Spring Jakara Juniors Camps have started and these camps are one of the main projects that keep the Movement moving. These camps allow us to reach to the kids in ways that we weren’t reached. The Spring Camps’ theme this year is Vaisakhi a topic that is often touched but never thoroughly explained. The day of the camp is always something that is bittersweet, bitter because it only lasts for one day and sweet because you realize how much you actually touched upon for these little kids. The agenda for the day varies based on the content, but there are usually 3 workshops before lunch, a PowerPoint presentation after lunch, and then another workshop before closing Ardaas.  The first camp of the season was this past weekend in Kerman, California.   Read more

Standing Up: A first time protester's experience

WaheguruJi Ki KhalsaWaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Immigration is a matter that affects Punjabi families deeply, yet we as a community don’t want to step out of our comfort zone and protest against these hideous laws and lawmakers. When I first heard about this protest from a Misl Fresno sevadar, I knew I wanted to go and see what it was like, even if it was for a few minutes. I don’t personally know much about the immigration debate, but I do know that in our community there are many families that do suffer because of our current immigration laws. The protest was being held by the Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action, a group of young and undocumented activists from all over Fresno County. They were all set up in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. This being the first protest I have been to, I didn’t know exactly what to expect and was a bit nervous. But I can say it was a really good experience and I will definitely be coming again. I got to learn so much in the little time I was there. Everyone was so friendly and informative. I learned that the building behind us was the facility where the families are brought after they are picked up by ICE agents. Once inside they are questioned about their citizenship status, and then are held in that building where they have jail like cells and later deported back to their homeland. The rally was to protest against the laws that separate families by deporting immigrant parents of young children born in the United States. This results in these children being alone and fending for themselves. The ramifications of these laws are not limited to Latino families, who were the majority of the protesters, but also to our very own community.   Read more

Council Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes from Misl Fresno's Council Meeting on March 15th are below.  Thank you to all those that attended the Kerman Camp, we will be posting pictures soon! Want more info on meetings?  Contact the Fresno council at: fresno@jakara.org. Read more

Standing Up: A first time protester's experience

WaheguruJi Ki KhalsaWaheguru Ji Ki Fateh! Immigration is a matter that affects Punjabi families deeply, yet we as a community don’t want to step out of our comfort zone and protest against these hideous laws and lawmakers. When I first heard about this protest from a Misl Fresno sevadar, I knew I wanted to go and see what it was like, even if it was for a few minutes. I don’t personally know much about the immigration debate, but I do know that in our community there are many families that do suffer because of our current immigration laws. The protest was being held by the Fresno Immigrant Youth in Action, a group of young and undocumented activists from all over Fresno County. They were all set up in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. This being the first protest I have been to, I didn’t know exactly what to expect and was a bit nervous. But I can say it was a really good experience and I will definitely be coming again. I got to learn so much in the little time I was there. Everyone was so friendly and informative. I learned that the building behind us was the facility where the families are brought after they are picked up by ICE agents. Once inside they are questioned about their citizenship status, and then are held in that building where they have jail like cells and later deported back to their homeland. The rally was to protest against the laws that separate families by deporting immigrant parents of young children born in the United States. This results in these children being alone and fending for themselves. The ramifications of these laws are not limited to Latino families, who were the majority of the protesters, but also to our very own community. Read more

First Regional Meeting

After a long break, Misl Fresno volunteers came back together to talk about new events for the year and also introduce some new things for the Misl. Seeing new faces at the meetings is always something to look forward to, at this particular meeting we had about 5 new volunteers! Our first kids’ camp is this weekend in Kerman so volunteers were asked if they would like to moderate and the preparation for the camp is now underway. Also, Bachittar Singh talked about Ensaaf’s 5K Walk and received very positive feedback from our volunteers who were willing to either virtually or physically walk in remembrance of a victim. Ramnit Kaur talked about the upcoming health fair in May, and several other events were discussed.  This included our upcoming Jakara Juniors Camp at Kerman Gurdwara.  If you would like to help out at the camp please contact us.  The volunteers were excited for another great year!   


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