Rep. John Garamendi joined more than two dozen members of Congress launching a bipartisan American Sikh Congressional caucus, with the goal of educating their colleagues and the public about the Sikh community.
“I have had the pleasure of working with the Sikh community for decades,” said Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, in a news release on Wednesday. “The challenges outlined at today’s press conference — preventing deplorable hate crimes, fighting discrimination, and ending misconceptions in the public — are very real.
“I am confident that through the American Sikh Caucus, the wide array of Sikh civil rights organizations, and like-minded groups, we can overcome these challenges and create a more just America.”
In March, Garamendi and more than 100 other members of Congress signed a letter urging the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arab-Americans.