Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF)

said, "This incident followed a surge of attacks on our communities." SALDEF said it will be launching a series of 'Know Your Rights Forums' in gurdwaras across the country beginning in Durham, North Carolina on March 26. "The purpose of forums is to (1) introduce Sikh American community members to agencies and groups that can address complaints, incidents, or issues and (2) provide local, state and federal governmental agencies the opportunity to build relationships with and address the specific needs of their local Sikh American community," SALDEF said. The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America said it was "gravely concerned about the sharp increase in racial and religiously targeted crimes throughout the country". "We call upon the federal government to take immediate public action to protect the public and denounce these heinous and bigoted acts," said Vichal Kumar, SABA North America president. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a rights organisation, alleged that President Donald Trump's "dangerous combination" of rhetoric and policies has fanned the flames of violence, including the deadly February shooting of two Indian men in Kansas and this weekend's shooting of a Sikh man in Kent, Washington. SAALT called upon the US President to immediately reverse course and end his campaign against Muslim and immigrant communities. "It is time for the White House to set the tone for our nation and turn its back on poisonous rhetoric. It is time for our nation to begin to heal from the violence," it said.
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