In the summer of 2009, the Sikh Coalition, with the help of several dedicated volunteers, began conducting a pioneering survey of Bay Area Sikhs. The survey gathered information on Sikhs' experiences with incidents of bias, employment discrimination, language access and other obstacles that hinder the community's full integration into local civic and political life.
This report represents the results obtained from data collected from over 1,300 Sikhs who live in the Bay Area's nine counties. While the Sikhs surveyed for this report make up only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of Sikhs estimated to live in the Bay Area, their experiences provide a snapshot of issues important to this community throughout the region. In many cases, the data presented in this report exemplifies significant gaps between the promise of the law and the Sikh community's reality on the ground.
The Sikh Coalition is making several policy recommendations based on the information that was collected. These recommendations are intended to be a starting point for the discussion on how to grow opportunities for Bay Area Sikhs to participate in their neighborhoods. In many instances, following these recommendations would begin to close the gap between what the law mandates and what the Sikh community's experience has been. In the coming months and years, the Sikh Coalition will spearhead advocacy efforts to further these recommendations.