Council Meeting Minutes

As promised in last week's post - meeting minutes from Misl Fresno's Council Meeting on March 8th are below.  Thank you to all those that attended the regional meeting at Dakota Gurdwara.  We will be posting notes from the meeting in the coming days.   Want more info on meetings?  Contact the Fresno council at: fresno@jakara.org. Read more

For the Kids, 2013

Kids Day is something I’ve participated in since middle school, but this year, the vibe was much different. The Sangat was amazing, and the enthusiasm was strong. It felt as if we were feeding off of each other’s energy.   In the past years I used to get tired fast and sit down for some time, but this year, I stayed on my feet the whole time, keeping up with my Sangat. Kid's Day is something I’ve participated in since middle school, but this year, the vibe was much different. The Sangat was amazing, and the enthusiasm was strong. It felt as if we were feeding off of each other’s energy.   In the past years I used to get tired fast and sit down for some time, but this year, I stayed on my feet the whole time, keeping up with my Sangat.  Read more

Kaur Voices

The project of Kaur Voices was the brainchild of several Kaurs who felt a void: a lack of female perspective in discussions of Sikhi, a lack of attention given to the struggles of the Sikh female body, a lack of power given to the female voice.  On March 2, over 80 young women and men from the Sikh community gathered into a packed room in Berkeley, CA and allowed us all to turn our full attention to the experiences of Sikh women in our lives. Thirteen beautiful and strong Kaurs and Singhs told personal testimonies sharing intimate details of their lives or the their perspectives on subjects that are often categorized as taboo or inappropriate to be discussed. We were inspired by one woman’s ability to bring up the naturalness of exploring and claiming one’s own sexuality; another woman showed her embodiment of “Kaur” through her artwork. A story about sexual assault was shared as well as a story about the strength of Mata Gujri instilling Sikhi into her two grandsons. From love stories to heartbreaks to statements of strength and unity, Kaur Voices was able to foster a sense of community and start those hard conversations about the woman’s perspective.  Read more

For the Kids, 2013

Kids Day is something I’ve participated in since middle school, but this year, the vibe was much different. The Sangat was amazing, and the enthusiasm was strong. It felt as if we were feeding off of each other’s energy.   In the past years I used to get tired fast and sit down for some time, but this year, I stayed on my feet the whole time, keeping up with my Sangat.  Read more

Hiring Jakara Movement's First Community Organizer!

2012 was an amazing year for the Jakara Movement.  We brought on our first employee so that we could institutionalize Sikh youth energy and commitment to the Guru's vision of social justice in our community.  We launched new projects and most significantly the MISL MOVEMENT.  Now we institutionalize those local movements - by getting local. Read more

Misl Fresno - Weekly Council Meetings

Every week, the Misl Fresno council meets to discuss upcoming events, projects and ideas.  This standing meeting allows the council to connect and discuss ideas and their vision for the misl.  The council invites all misl members to join them from 4:30-5:00 pm every Friday.  This space provides misl members to bring their ideas and feedback to the council and get a look into the role of the council members.  Below the fold are the meeting minutes from the March 1st meeting.  We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting! Questions or need more info? Contact us: fresno@jakara.org   Read more

Sikholars 2013 ReCap

From February 16-17, 2013, researchers from throughout the world, focusing on Sikh-related topics, came together at Stanford University for the 4th annual Sikholars Conference, hosted by the Jakara Movement.  From Europe to Pakistan, from India to Canada, and throughout the United States, young scholars came together for a weekend of discussion and engagement in a unique forum that connects the academy to the community.  Here, I provide here a bit of a recap and encouragement for those that missed this year to make sure you don’t miss Sikholars 2014. Read more

We are the ones we have been waiting for

“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” –Alice WalkerFrom LA to the Bay and now to Central Valley, Fresno Misl held their workshop on February 2nd at Fresno State University. Both new and old face trickled in ready to learn. Through the use of Gurbani and History, participants got the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Letters from Bhai Rajoana, and Sukha and Jinda lit a new candle inside of them, and left them inspired. At the end of the day, participants came up with events they would like to see the Misl put on. Ranging from a Green Gurudwara Project to a Confronting Violence Ending Silence Workshop, events for the year were brainstormed and put on paper. Fresno Misl is excited for their new members, welcome to the family!  Check our website for our upcoming events. 

Something new is in the air...

Over the past couple of weekends the Jakara Movement has held one-day workshops from LA to the Bay.  An organization that has been deeply committed to grassroots activism, these workshops served as a space to get passionate individuals talking about how they can make an impact in their local communities. Read more

Connect. Discover. Inspire - Bhujangan LA Recap

From January 3-5, Bhujangan, a Leadership Retreat aimed at young girls between the ages of 10 to 18 took place in Southern California’s San Bernardino Mountains. The second in California, and the first in Southern California, the retreat aimed at creating a platform for young Kaurs to discuss their roles in their families, their communities and the Panth. From Sikh History presentations to riveting conversation about “Man Thoo Joth Saroop Hai, Aapanaa Mool Pashhaan”, educational workshops discussing college and careers, self-confidence seminars and self-portrait paintings, the weekend was teeming with motivated Bhujangans who took advantage of the space that was provided to discuss all things Kaur. Read more


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