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November 5, 2010
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Happy Bandi Chor Divas!

(Seattle, WA) Happy Bandi Chor Divas! Here at Ensaaf, we can't help but feel uplifted by Guru Hargobind Ji, who refused freedom from imprisonment until 52 fellow political prisoners could be released with him. This bold act of solidarity took courage.

But advocating for others has never been, and never will be, easy.

Here at Ensaaf, we can't help but feel uplifted by the legacy of Guru Hargobind Ji.

At Ensaaf, sometimes it involves 14-hour days of fieldwork. Sometimes it includes long drives through dusty roads in Punjab in the sweltering summer heat. And it always involves hearing story after story of heartbreaking injustice.

  Will you stand up with us by making a $100 donation in the name of solidarity for victims and survivors of human rights abuses in Punjab?

Every day, we meet brave survivors who continue to seek justice for loved ones killed in state-sponsored crimes. Survivors like Mohinder Singh, whose son Jugraj Singh, was abducted by the Punjab police.

Mohinder Singh worked around the clock to find Jugraj, but encountered endless red tape, roadblocks, and harassment imposed by the police and Central Bureau of Investigation. When Mohinder Singh informed a CBI officer that he had lodged a complaint against him for intimidating the key witness to the abduction, the officer retorted, "We get thousands of such complaints. Do you know what we do with them? We throw them in the trash." In the end, Mohinder Singh would never see his son again—the police killed him in a fake encounter.

This month we also mourn the deaths of the thousands of men, women, and children who were brutally murdered in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms; this November marks the 26th anniversary of the government-organized massacres. Please remember our fallen brothers and sisters during this time.

Ensaaf is committed to fighting for justice in solidarity with the survivors of state crimes in Punjab. But we can't do it alone—will you pay heed to the message of Bandi Chor Divas with a $100 solidarity gift?

My best,

Sukhman Dhami
Co-Director