How Interfaith Coalitions Can Strategically Combat Hate

Parliament Webinar Series presented by Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at The Sikh Coalition for Faiths Against Hate/Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions - March 18, 2013

In August 2012, in response to the massacre of six worshipers at a Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the Sikh Coalition petitioned the U.S. Senate to hold a hearing on hate crimes and the threat of domestic extremism. The appeal was endorsed by over 150 organizations and resulted in a hearing the following month that paid tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in Oak Creek and also highlighted the growing dangers of extremism and religious intolerance in the United States.

Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition, discusses his organization's strategic engagement with government, media, and community groups to make the hearing a reality. Using the hearing as a model, this discussion focuses on advocacy strategies that interfaith organizations can use to combat bigotry and promote social justice.