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Published On: Mon, Jan 20th, 2014

Sikhs, Christians join together to call for Congress to help stop India’s religious violence

According to a detailed statement sent to the Sikh Siyasat News opposing oppression of religious minorities in India, Christians are uniting with Sikhs this week, asking five congressional representatives from Northern California to support House Resolution 417, a statement by the United States Congress which calls for religious freedom and related human rights to be included in U.S.–India talks.

“The long and rich relationship between India and the United States should be cherished and cultivated,” said Chris Schwegler, an advisor to Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI).

He joined local constituents to meet with staff for Tom McClintock (R-Roseville), Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove), and Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento).

OFMI Advisor Jada Bernard visited Rep. McNerney’s Capitol Hill office.

Bernard commented: “I had a pleasant meeting with Silpa Rajan, Congressman McNerney’s foreign affairs aide. To the young staffer, I expressed that HR 417 is America’s opportunity to unify against the injustices in India. Her advice was to contact other congressional offices, which I plan on doing in the upcoming week. I am excited and inspired to continue working in support of the Indian people, and this resolution.”

Constituents from Rep. Denham’s district presented his staff with 339 signatures requesting the congressman co-sponsor HR 417, while 490 signatures were presented to Rep. McNerney’s staff.

Among the constituents who visited Rep. McNerney was Bhajan Singh, OFMI’s Founding Director, who said, “People of faith must unite to end oppression everywhere it is found. We are hopeful that California’s congressional delegation will listen to their constituents who are turning out in droves to support HR 417.”

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Public domain photo/Robin klein

 

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