One of the candidates for Elk Grove Mayor will gather with volunteers to make phone calls next week, but it won't be on behalf of her campaign.
Sophia Scherman, an Elk Grove City Council member running for mayor, will hold a phone bank Monday evening to build support for two pending pieces of state legislation that are supported by Sikh organizations:
The first, Assembly Bill 1964, would protect religious grooming practices or clothing from discrimination by employers.
The second, Senate Bill 1540, would require an update of the California Department of Education's history and social sciences framework. The update would require kids to be taught about Sikhs and Korean-Americans, among others, according to a senate analysis of the bill.
“The Sikh community has become a special and important part of our nation,” a press release from the American Sikh Political Action Committee quoted Scherman as saying. “After the recent violence we need to stand with them and help prevent discrimination against them. We are proud to join together with them to participate in the democratic process and must be vigilant to make sure what happened in Wisconsin can never happen again.”
The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday at 8145 Elk Grove Blvd., Suite 20. Attendees are asked to bring their cell phones.