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Sikh’s have a dream. Nearly 56 years after Martin Luther King’s historic Lincoln Memorial rally in Washington, DC (on August 28, 1963),  the non-profit NYC-based civil rights group Sikhs for Justice is holding a rally at the same location tomorrow (June 6) from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.


Jesse Jackson

Rev. Jesse Jackson, who stood alongside King in the non-violent African-American civil rights movement,  one of America’s foremost civil rights, will be the keynote speaker at the Sikh event. He’ll be joined by former federal prosecutor Patrick Meehan, a Republican. As a former congressman, Meehan was also is also chair of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus. Sikhs for Justice Executive Director Gurpatwant Pannun will also speak.

The demonstration commemorates the 35th anniversary of “Operation Blue Star,” aka the Golden Temple massacre of 1984. That event is noted for the tragic killing of over 30,000 Sikhs throughout India over a four-day period. Tomorrow’s rally is also a protest against the current Indian government in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies which have been criticized for not just oppressing Sikhs but other religious minorities, including Christians.

Sikhs for Justice is seeking demanding self-determination.


Patrick Meehan

While I don’t claim to be an expert on the issues involved, it does seem to me that the Sikh cause is not getting the media attention it warrants. The whole issue of religious oppression around the world is not covered enough. Hopefully, the rally tomorrow will help change that.

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