Several active community activists banded together to hold a protest at the Mill Creek Park in Bakersfield, CA between 2 – 4 pm on November 29, 2020.
The Mayor of Bakersfield, Karen Goh, Dr. Matab Singh, S. Sukhwinder Singh Ghuman, Dr. Manbir Singh, Dr. Amrit Singh, S. Nazar Singh Kooner, Bobby Singh Brar assisted by hundreds of other local Sikh-Americans got in their cars, trucks, SUV’s and drove slowly from Union Ave to Mill Creek Park.
The convoy of over 250 cars honked their horns with placards and flags raising their voices to show their peaceful dissent against the illegal and unconstitutional laws enacted against the interests of all farmers in India, who make up more than 70% of the population and 15% of the economy of that country.
Several prominent local residents including Mayor Goh spoke in support of the Farmers protests which have been held nationwide across India since Nov 26, 2020.
Dr. Amrit Singh, “The Modi government must rescind these illegal and impractical laws against the farmers as they are unbelievably detrimental to their livelihoods and their long-term survival.”
The protest rally was even covered by the local TV station. So far in the last few days there have been protests in support of the ‘farmers’ in dozens of cities across the US, Canada, UK, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, etc., and Sikh-Americans along-with others, in the thousands.
These peaceful protests have highlighted a very blinkered and corrupt government in India which wants to sell out to the handful of billionaire traders while permanently ruining the farmers, directly affecting more than 95% of the Indian population because these laws will raise the prices of food dramatically, putting the economy into a tailspin and creating massive inflation, which may even cause chaos and a possible civil war.
As of early December, 2020, there have been dozens of massive car rallies by Sikh-Americans across our nation making millions of others aware about the critical issue farmers and the common people are facing in India.
The American Sikh Council (ASC) is proud of every Sikh-American activist who is stepping up to take a stand and do the right thing, because if we do not stand up, then no one else will either! Continuing the public protests, contacting the media and liaising with our congressperson/senator is very important.