Adhhaara 2014

My experience at Adhhaara was truly unforgettable. Being new to Jakara, I wanted to gain insight and advice on how to organize events for Misl MO. Everyone was extremely welcoming, and I immediately felt a sense of community. The weekend consisted of a series of workshops and group activities that refreshed our thoughts and sparked our creativity. I learned a great deal about almost every aspect of organizing an event, from tabling at the Gurdwara to planning Lalkaar. Also, the Diwans reconnected the group every morning and evening. There was a mutual understanding that did not need to be spoken of, which I really appreciated. The appropriate infusion of Gurbani throughout the weekend was another example of this. The weekend began with a “theme” shabad, which we were reminded of each day. I cannot wait to begin planning future Misl MO events, as well as organize Lalkaar Midwest with Misl MN. I hope to attend Adhhaara next year with a variety of events to speak about, and to learn from my Jakara community! - Gurpreet Kaur, Misl St. Louis

Misl NJ: Widow Colony Screeining

Hosting its’ first ever event, the Misl New Jersey, brought in a close gathering of Sikh and non-Sikhs alike. The screening of “The Widow Colony” followed by a question and answer session with Harmeet Singh, one of the team leads in the production was an unique experience. It allowed participants to engage with one of the producers and allowed for greater insight into the thought process of how to showcase the struggles of the widows.Fighting for justice and struggling to survive in India, The Widow Colony takes an in-depth look into the lives of the widows from the 1984 Sikh genocide. Thirty years have past since the cruel injustice and plight of the Sikhs whom were brutally murdered in government sponsored pogroms. Read more

Giving Back | Sacha Sauda Meal Sharing

The homeless service event was a successful one. We started off the day by going to the gurduwara at 9:00 and sorting out the donations. The clothes were separated by gender and age group. With the help of all of the volunteers we got done in about an hour. Next some people went to help out with making the food. We made spaghetti and cut fruit. At 11:00 we started to load thedonations and food into the cars. Twenty minutes later we left to go to downtown. When we arrived the table and the supplies were set up quickly. People saw us and asked what we were doing; we told them about our plans to serve the community. They were familiar with this because the individuals mentioned "Indians" doing this before. A line started to slowly form at the table and the homeless were excited to get food. They brought along their friends and family to get free snacks and clothes. Most of the individuals were grateful and kept thanking us. It was nice to know we could give back to the community we live in. Bisman Kaur is a student at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep. She is a member of the Sikh Honor and Service Society and Misl Sacramento. 

Turban Tying Event

Jakara Movement Misl MN with help from Sikh Society of Minnesota, SALDEF and Surat Initiative had a booth at the State Capitol grounds on August 16th. With over 20,000 people in attendance the booth spread awareness about Sikhs by tying Turbans on over 300 people. This was all possible because of the amazing volunteers and Waheguru's kirpa (God's blessing). Those who got their turban tied said on multiple occasions that the moment the turban was tied a new sense of pride came from within (even if they didn’t know much about Sikhi). Our volunteers taught the many guests of the event who Sikh's are, the importance of the 5 articles of faith along with discussing  Turban Myths and misconceptions of Sikhs. Many people were impressed by the uniqueness of Sikh culture and left with vast knowledge. They gave a lot of respect to the volunteers who were already "naturally" wearing turbans even more, by calling them "Sardaar ji". Sikhs of Minnesota were very grateful to participate in this celebration promoting Sikh awareness which was never done here before at such a high scale.  Read more

A New Experience Organizing

I had a wonderful experience organizing the houseless seva, Sacha Sauda Meal Sharing in Sacramento on September 13th. I attended the first meeting to talk about the SAT prep classes, but we also shared ideas on events. At this meeting we chose an event or program we wanted to help out with. After leaving the meeting I didn’t think I would be able to really help much. I’m still a bit shocked that we, a group of high school students, were able to organize such an event. Our group didn’t communicate at all until Palvinder helped us coordinate our second meeting. It was here we were able to talk as a group on asking stores to donate, deciding what we were going to collect, and picking a date for the event. During the first week of August our group began talking and we decided to set up a booth at the gurdwara on the weekends to let the sangat know what we were doing. We had a few problems here. Some wanted to make posters on the computer, while others wanted to make them by hand. We also realized that we all couldn’t be at the gurdwara to table-some of us had to study for tests and others had family gatherings. We decided to create a schedule and see who was free. There were some that went more than others because they have more time. I was the one in charge of making sure someone was at the gurdwara. There was one Sunday where guests came over to my house and I was very busy. I felt very bad because it was my responsibility and I was not able to make it and no one else was either. Even though it was a rough experience, it was a good one because I got to learn a lot. I learned many things from this experience. I learned about corporate donations and sponsorships. I learned about managing responsibilities, and the importance of communicating with the group. This project has taught me how to communicate with people I didn’t know that came to the booth at the gurdwara. It has taught me that disagreements happen in groups, but if you talk it out a solution is possible. I have never organized any community event nor family event, now I feel so proud that I have helped organize such an event. Karanpreet Kaur is a junior at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep in Sacramento, CA. She is a member of the Sikh Honor & Service Society and Misl Sacramento. 

Misl Sacramento Fall 2014 Calendar

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ke Fateh! As the weather starts to change (slowly), stores begin to have fall/winter clothing, and school begins it definitely means fall is here! We are also excited to bring you our Misl Sacramento Fall calendar! This fall we've got a number of events and activities planned so be sure to mark your calendars & RSVP on the website and/or Facebook! We're telling you, you don't want to miss out. We are looking for volunteers to help out with the events listed below and to come up with more ideas for events. We want to be sure we are addressing the needs of our community so if you have an idea or want to see something happen simply email sacramento@jakara.org today! If you are interested in helping out with a specific event listed below please email us so we can connect you with those working on that project! September 2014 September 13th 9am-1pm - Sacha Sauda Meal Sharing | Website | Facebook September 20th 5pm - Leadership Workshop - Commitment | Website | Facebook October 2014 October 4th - Hike & Misl Sacramento Meeting October 11th - Jakara Juniors  - West Sacramento Gurdwara Sahib October 18th - Leadership Development & Team Building October - SAT tutoring and Sikhya October – Sacha Sauda Blanket & Coat Drive November 2014 November – Sikhya | College Mentorship & Application Assistance November – Sacha Sauda Canned Food Drive November – General Misl Sacramento meeting & Social December 2014 December – Toy Drive

Oak Creek Candlelight Vigil 2014

This past Friday Misl MN hosted a candlelight vigil to remember those lives lost at Oak Creek, WI along with the brave first responders and Lt. Brian Murphy. We wanted to focus this vigil not only on those lives lost but use this as an opportunity to stand together as a sangat and focus on ways to end hate, end violence, end discrimination, end bullying and focus on bringing peace, and keeping our sprits in Chardi Kala (high spirits). Read more

Episode 12 -August 10, 2014

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Arjan, Guru Granth Sahib, p.723 quDu ibnu dUjw nwhI koie ] qU krqwru krih so hoie ] Thudh bin doojaa naahi koi; thu karthaar karah so hoi There is none like you, you're the Creator and all is due to you   qyrw joru qyrI min tyk ] sdw sdw jip nwnk eyk ]1] thera jor theri man tayk; sada sada jap Nanak ek you're the strength, you're my mind's peace; Nanak says always remember the One Read more

A Change of Heart at Bhujangan Fresno

When I first heard about Bhujangan I wasn't too keen on attending the camp because I thought it would be nothing different from the Punjabi camps I had attended as a child. When I heard about the kayaking and hiking however, I was more thrilled about going. Once I got there and got to spend a few days bonding with and getting to know the rest of the girls at Bhujangan, my initial thoughts about not liking the camp faded away. Over a short weekend I had so much fun with my newfound sisters. We ate together, did paath together, and found strength in one another through our stories. Our older penjis gave us very valuable lessons and techniques to keep in mind and reflect on. The workshops were very helpful and necessary for us American Punjabi youth. I'm so glad that I was able to attend Bhujangan and gain so many new sisters and experiences out of the camp.   Amrita Kaur is a high school student in Fresno, CA. This was her first interaction with the Jakara Movement and we are excited to see her be more involved! 

Sisterhood at Bhujangan Fresno

A couple days before the retreat as we were walking out of Michaels in Fresno I asked the Junior Counselors if they could design a shirt forBhujangan. When they asked me what the theme was, I replied, “I don’t know, I guess we don’t really have a theme.” They ended up designing a shirt that read “Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.”  Read more


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