April 23, 2009 (Washington, DC) – The Sikh American community has successfully urged the California Science Center to remove an anti-Sikh exhibit. Last week, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) issued an action alert about the Target America museum exhibit at the California Science Center, which distorted Sikh history and unfairly associated the Sikh religion with terrorism and the narcotics trade. Regrettably, the exhibit was sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration—a federal agency. Thanks to your letters and phone calls, the California Science Center has graciously deactivated the exhibit segment relating to Sikhs, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is “assessing the content of the information displayed in the kiosk.” Please help SALDEF ensure that exhibit revisions are fair and factually accurate: (1) Contact the Drug Enforcement Administration directly by phone at 202-307-3463 (2) Express gratitude for their sensitivity to this issue; be polite and respectful (3) Encourage them to work with SALDEF on a proactive basis to ensure fairness and accuracy "We are encouraged by the speed and efficiency with which the Sikh American community responded to this matter," said Kavneet Singh, SALDEF's Managing Director. "Misrepresentations of the Sikh religion reinforce bias and ignorance of the sort that triggers hate crimes, discrimination, and school bullying against Sikh Americans. We commend the California Science Center for addressing our concerns with sensitivity and professionalism, and we hope that the Drug Enforcement Administration will follow suit." SALDEF would like to thank Avneet Singh Chattha and Jagjit Singh of Southern California for proactively bringing this matter to our attention. If you see a similarly inaccurate or objectionable representation of Sikhs, or if you have been the target of bias, workplace discrimination, harassment, or a hate crime, please contact SALDEF immediately via email or by phone at (202) 393-2700.