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Gottheimer joins with Sikh community to celebrate Vaisakhi

Honoring 10th anniversary of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) joined with the American Sikh Caucus Committee to honor this month’s Vaisakhi celebration — a joyous and significant festival for millions of Sikhs around the world. In Sikhism, Vaisakhi recognizes the day that the Khalsa was established and publicly entrusted with leadership.

The American Sikh Congressional Caucus is also marking its 10th anniversary this month.

During the American Sikh Caucus Committee’s Vaisakhi celebration, Gottheimer spoke about his work with North Jersey’s Sikh community, clawing resources back to New Jersey to keep houses of worship and community organizations safe, and protecting religious freedom.

“Vaisakhi celebrations have been an integral part of America’s fabric for more than 125 years,” said Gottheimer (NJ-5), a member of the American Sikh Congressional Caucus. “This month, as we’ve come together to commemorate this important occasion, let us reflect on the values that the Sikh community embodies — equality, justice, and service to others. We also recognize the contributions of the Sikh community to the United States — in business, technology, education, and the arts, and bravely in our military and public service. Let us reaffirm our commitment to promoting religious freedom and tolerance, and to working toward a world where all people are free to practice their faith without fear or discrimination.”

Gottheimer was joined by New Jersey Gurdwara Council Coordinator Yadvinder Singh, American Sikh Caucus Committee Director Pritpal Singh, UN Global Steering Committee Member Dr. Iqtidar Cheema, former Congressman Pat Meehan (PA), and interfaith representatives.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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