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Langar on the Hill

  • 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building (map)

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) is happy to host their fifth annual Langar on the Hill. Please join us as we enjoy Indian food together in the Sikh tradition of langar (community kitchen) and learn about Sikhism in a casual setting, joined by Congresswoman Judy Chu and a variety of representatives. We are also partnering with House of Ruth, a local nonprofit organization, to create donation packages, and we welcome you to get involved. 

On July 18th, SALDEF will be hosting our fifth annual Langar on the Hill at Capitol Hill organized by participants of our SikhLEAD Summer Internship Program!

The theme of this year’s Langar on the Hill is Unity Through Seva. We believe that our nation is stronger when we stand in solidarity, united with the diverse communities that make up our beautiful country. Past events have had over 500 attendees, and have featured members of the House and Senate, congressional staffers, heads of government agencies, and policy and community leaders in Washington, D.C.

Langar is a 500-year old Sikh tradition that aims to eradicate segregation. Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak, established langar as an institution that would remove barriers that marginalized certain communities within society. Langar asks everyone to sit side by side on the ground, regardless of caste, class, gender, sexual orientation, race, or religion, and share a meal. By doing so, langar is a symbol of equality, diversity, community and unity.

This year, we plan to demonstrate unity and equality for all by giving back to the community through Langar. Attendees will be provided snacks while listening to speeches, and will then be asked to help make care packages for individuals in need. After the event is over, we will deliver these care packages to the House of Ruth.

Our SikhLEAD Summer 2018 interns have been working hard to organize this incredibly important and engaging event. Please considering supporting their efforts to ensure our Sikh American youth always have opportunities like this one. Visit this link to donate to SikhLEAD, and support Langar on the Hill.

Please consider supporting this important work now by making a 100% tax-deductible donation to support these young Sikh American interns by clicking here or visiting www.saldef.org/donate.