Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) wants the American Sikh community to have their interests represented in Congress, so she launched a new, bipartisan, American-Sikh Congressional caucus on Wednesday.
Chu is co-chairing the new caucus with Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford).
The caucus will focus not only on representing American Sikhs, but also on educating legislators and the general public about the issues facing the adherents of the Sikh religion – who have often been mistakenly associated with terrorist activities.
“More than a decade after 9/11, too many Sikhs across America face discrimination, bullying, and even bias-motivated violence from misguided individuals associating them with the terrorist attacks,” said Chu in a statement. “This caucus will be the voice for American Sikhs in the House of Representatives, working across the aisle to address the unique challenges that this community faces.
Last August, white supremacist and Army veteran Wade Michael Page killed six people and wounded four others in a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis.
The caucus will address issues such as military discrimination preventing American Sikhs from enlisting due to bans on turbans, violence and bullying against Sikhs, racial profiling by law enforcement and employment discrimination.
Twenty-six other members of Congress have joined the caucus.
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