Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa!
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
Dear Bakersfield sangat ji & beyond,
Growing up in the Bakersfield community, I had a unique insight into disparities of inequality. It was during my years away from California while pursuing my degree in Political Science that I promised to learn, return, and strive for equity in the political, economic, and social development of the Central Valley. During college, I concentrated on understanding the Punjabi history that led so many families to immigrate in the Central Valley during the 1980s.
My conceptions of justice and healing motivate me to understand the ways power shapes our lived experiences in all aspects -- from the Gurdwara, to our homes, and beyond. It has also given me insights on how we can strengthen our community power to build the Begampura our Sikh Gurus called for. I am not only excited to help organize our sangat, but to uplift and speak healing into our stories.
I am inspired by the beauty, humanity, and culture of our people, and seek to create institutions that are fully inclusive to us. I believe through shared vulnerability, we have the power to transform our own lives -- and translate that into wider systemic changes. As a child who grew up in the Punjabi community, but also navigated what it means to be American, I consider myself to be in a unique position to become an effective translator across languages, cultures, and regions.
I look forward to getting to know you all and working towards greater goals.
In Chardi Kala,
Dilreet Kaur is a Community Organizer for the Kern County region.