3 Questions - A Vaisakhi Reflection

Vaisakhi is a day of wonder and a day of awe.  While your email and social media explodes with "Happy Vaisakhi" messages, we hope at some time during the day you take a minute to reflect on what it means to you, your children and community, as well as your foremothers and forefathers.  What is our present? How will it determine our future? And what would generations of Sikhs past think of us? Read more

They Turned Him Into a Saint...But I Know Who He Was

Original Link that describes the project I would like to share my story. My father molested me for years. He's been dead 8 years now so my family has turned him into somewhat of a saint. It's all about don't talk bad about the dead. The earliest I can remember is 8 or 9 but I'm pretty sure it was my whole life. My father would make inappropriate comments about my breast size and no one seemed to think that was weird. Then it got to him grabbing them as "play." Then he would sneak into my room in the mornings and rub his body up on mine. When I would get home from school he would trap me in my room and come lay down on top of me and grind on top of me. I tried telling my mom when I was 13 about how I didn't like him touching me but she yelled at me and said that's your dad he wouldn't do anything like that. So right then I decided ok no one's gonna believe me. So I turned into a very angry individual.  Read more

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2016

To Read: "The Turned Him Into A Saint...But I Know Who He Was" April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  At the Jakara Movement, we are committed to making sure we have an ongoing conversation within our community to bring about a change in our culture.  Last year we circulated an "Open Letter" that can be read here.  This year we continue that message addressed to two audiences: 1) those that have been threatened, shamed, or guilted into silence after suffering this sort of abuse; 2) an apathetic community that prefers silence over confronting perpetrators. Read more

Announcing Manpreet Kaur - Bakersfield Intern

Waheguru Ji Ka KhalsaWaheguru Ji Ki Fateh Sadh Sangat, It is with great gratitude that I begin my seva as the Bakersfield Community Organizer Intern with Jakara. I have called Bakersfield my home since my first breath. An offspring of the Central Valley, I am grateful to this community that has nurtured me into the individual I am today. It has been my greatest motivator and my strength for testing boundaries that have systematically attempted to hinder the progress of marginalized communities. Read more

Hiring Bakersfield Intern 2016

Jakara MovementCommunity Organizer InternBakersfield, CA Purpose:The Jakara Movement seeks motivated applicants for the Community Organizer Internship. The internship will begin in March/April 2016 and continue through June 2016. The application is rolling and all applicants will be considered, until the position is filled.  The internship is paid and will take an average of 4-6 hours per week. The internship is designed to increase engagement, organizing, and youth-capacity building amongst the Punjabi Sikh community in Bakersfield, CA. Read more

Hiring Executive Director

Executive Director Role Profile  Purpose:Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Jakara Movement in addition to the organizations strategic vision.  Duties include strategic planning, volunteer and staff leadership, and financial development.  The position supervises a team of professionals responsible for financial, youth, and community development. Read more

Why is Fresno the center of Sikhi in California?

          True, both Los Angeles and the Bay Area are homes to very dense Punjabi, Sikh populations, but what is it about Fresno that makes the people come in the dozens for Sikh based events? While the bhangra revolution of the late 1990’s was taking over big cities with the introduction of Dhol Di Awaz, and Bruin Bhangra, a different revolution was taking place in Fresno.           Whereas traditional Sikh camps consisted of an “elderly” voice in the room, telling students what to do, Jakara introduced a peer learning experience with the introductions of moderators. This approach took the class room experience of traditional conferences away, and implemented a environment similar to that of an informal discussion. Young Sikhs were no longer intimidated to attend conferences Rather, they were intrigued to meet young Sikhs just like them, that may not possess all the answers, but that were willing to struggle through tough discussions with them.   Read more

10 Reasons Why We Made The Jakara Movement Club on College Campuses and Why You Should Join!

The Jakara Movement Club (JMC) have been popping up on college campuses throughout California since Fall. We are still in the beginning phases, but the need to connect college students with our ongoing programming has made the need to extend our campus presence that much stronger. Join us at the building phase and have your voice heard as we build and help us define its scope. Rather than rivaling any campus group, the Jakara Movement seeks to increase college choice, college programming, and connect Sikh students with a wider community beyond campus life. Read more

Know Your Neighbors - Kerman 2016

In December 2015 and January 2016, the Central Valley Sikh community witnessed a hate crime against an elderly Sikh gentleman, soon to be followed by the brutal killing of another at his place of employment.  Whenever the community has faced hardships in the past, the Sikh Gurus shared a 2-prong solution.  Build strength/resolve and share that much more (parupkaar).  So this is what we are doing again here in Fresno. We began the "Meet the Neighbors" initiative back in 2013 and served pizzas to the Southwest Fresno community after the attack on Baba Piara Singh.  We have continued it in Selma in 2014 and in West Fresno in 2015.  This time we will be doing it in Kerman.   Read more

KayRay Tour California 2016 Reflections

As a community organizer, one of my biggest worries when planning an event or activity is whether or not the event will be impactful, relevant, exciting, and needed within the sangat being served at the time. As such, going into the week of screening KayRay's film "Ananke" at various SoCal universities was a daunting task - I was not sure what to expect, how to start the conversation, nor what the outcome was going to be. Read more

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