The state assembly of Delaware has endorsed a resolution to declare the month of April as ‘Awareness & Appreciation Month for Sikhs’ amidst the rise in violence motivated crimes in the US against the Indian-origin Americans, especially the Sikhs.
Both the houses of the State assembly- the House of Representatives and Senate unanimously passed a resolution to this effect. John Carney, the Delaware state Governor has welcomed this move. He also assured all type of assistance to the Indian-American community who had a meeting with him.
The Delaware Governor told a delegation of Indian-Americans that included community leader Charanjeet Singh Minhas and local business leaders that acts of vandalism and racially motivated violence are totally intolerable.
The resolution was introduced in the state assembly by Senator Brown Townsend that declares Delaware’s support for the Sikh community and denounces racially or religiously motivated hate crimes towards individuals.
The resolution was moved in the house by Paul Baumbach, the Assembly-man. The resolution also took note of the fact that the Sikh-American community is peacefully prevailing over the attacks on its practices and identity that includes fatal shootings, employment discrimination, or school harassment.
It also said that the dedicated service rendered to Delaware and the US by the Sikh-American community is commendable as a vital aspect of plurality of the US while proclaiming April 2017 as ‘Awareness & Appreciation Month for Sikhs’, quotes New Indian Express.
The proclamation was also simultaneously issued by Chief executive of New Castle County Matt Meyer. Governor Carney said that the Delaware state administration was always present to assist the Indian-American Sikh community and ensure its safety.
The leader of the Indian-American Sikh community Charanjeet Singh Minhas said that though Delaware had a small community of Sikhs while compared with other US states such as the New Jersey, New York, and California, it has taken the role of leading to declaring its firm support for the people of Sikh community, an ethnic-religious minority.
He also added that the day was a milestone for the Indian-Americans and the Sikh community especially in the context of racially motivated hate crimes and violence in the US and the act of Delaware assembly was very crucial indeed.
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