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SALDEF Help Us Protect Sikh American Teachers in 2010!

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    Help Us Protect Sikh American Teachers in 2010!

    During the Summer of 2009, the State of Oregon effectively rubber stamped a law which prevents observant Sikh Americans from working as public school teachers in the state of Oregon. Although the law was originally enacted by followers of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in the 1920s to keep Catholic nuns out of public schools, today it is undermining the civil rights of Sikhs, Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

    SALDEF is working hard to ensure that when the Oregon legislature addresses this issue in February 2010, we give a final burial to the KKK in Oregon and move one step closer to giving all Americans the right to practice their faith.

    Making history is not easy!
    We can only do this with your continued support - Donate $21, $51, $101, or $501 a month to allow us to continue and expand our work in 2010!

    Timeline of SALDEF initiated efforts to get Sikh Americans the right to teach in Oregon public schools:
    July 14, 2009 – SALDEF issues protest letter to Oregon Governor
    July 15, 2009 – Oregonian newspaper covers SALDEF’s protest
    July 16, 2009 – Oregonian editorial board condemns the KKK law
    July 24, 2009 – SALDEF writes to the Department of Justice
    August 31, 2009 – Department of Justice responds
    November 19, 2009 – Oregon state agencies condemn the KKK law
    November 23, 2009 – Oregon House Speaker spearheads effort to overturn the KKK law
    January 13, 2010 – SALDEF Representative Delivers Testimony to House Education Committee
    February 4, 2010 — SALDEF Joins 16 National Groups to Deliver Letter to Oregon Legislature
    February 10, 2010 – Oregon House Passes Bill 51-8
    February 21, 2010 — SALDEF Submits Senate Floor Memorandum
    February 23, 2010 — Oregon Senate Votes Resoundingly in Favor of HB 3686

    February 23, 2010 - SALDEF Participates in Meeting with Department of Justice Representative in Oregon

    This issue has received mainstream print, radio and television exposure including the Daily Oregonian,KATU-TV Portland, National Public Radio, New York Times, New York Newsday, the Mail Tribune, and the Washington Post.
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