Surat-Lalkaar 2012 – A New Collaboration

slider4.pngGuest blogged by Mewa Singh.

Earlier this year, I wrote an in-depth post, summarizing the workshops and questions raised at the Jakara Movement’s annual Lalkaar conference. I was hardly alone. Our sisters at Kaurista shared their thoughts, as did a number of individual participants.

So now is something big and exciting. For years a criticism of the Jakara Movement was that it was California-centric. Recently an exciting collaboration opportunity availed itself. Sevadars of the annual Surat Sikh Conference were seeking fresh blood and ideas. The Jakara Movement was seeking an opportunity to begin unveiling its numerous local projects in more venues. Synergies were found and Surat-Lalkaar 2012 was born.

The theme will be similar -Kaur Voices: Exalt, Express, Empower. At the conference, we will begin the exploration of the complexity of the ways genderism, sexism, and even casteism affect our relationships as individuals and how they manifest as a community. We will begin the first steps in a conversation to challenge these hierarchies and discuss how we can put into practice the vision of the Gurus and their celebration of equality.

Exciting guests speakers include Kirpa Kaur, a Youth Case Worker for the largest youth and young adult Crisis Shelter Program in Vancouver, British Columbia and Kulvir Singh, a founder of the Seva Food Bank.

The Surat-Lalkaar 2012 has a limited number of spots available. It ALWAYS sells out, often in a matter of hours. Don’t get left behind!Registration will be opening TODAY (December 11, 2011) at 12pm EST. We hope to see you there!

Check out more details at www.sikhconference.org


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16 Responses to “Surat-Lalkaar 2012 – A New Collaboration”

  1. Jugraj Singh says:

    Ladoos will be hitting the east coast soon!..(sorry couldn't resist the thought)

    Good luck with the effort though!

  2. is there kantay says:

    Singh Sabha II in my opinion. A group of people, then called intellectuals now called activists, setting out to define and reform a community.

  3. is there kantay says:

    In what way was the Singh Sabha movement and the consolidation of the Sikh community part of the same consolidation generally contributing to sectarian and religious violence at Partition and after?

    To what extent to representatives of community's judged to be oppressed gain privilege by way of this definition of their community?

    How is the agenda of this conference and others created? Is there a common ideological thesis that in large part forms the conference agenda before any participant begins their participation? Are participants intended to learn what is being offered or are they intended to engage hypotheses that will be discussed? It seems the former. In which case this is a conference for people to advance a certain already defined position by gathering like-minded people and new adherents.

  4. @sjsrana says:

    Another Pass-time for some?
    Unless you have ability to address the core issue or deal with it, its just casual pass-time for them.
    They can hardly understand what's the need of the hour and what are we suppose to do, however when leaders have microphone they are non-stopper-talker.
    So are we just talk the talk without walk the walk……..or is there someone who is capable of being REAL leader?
    Look who/how so-called leaders/preachers are leading SIKHISM to new HEIGHTS?

    NAME in HAL of SHAME! http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/1468/322/N

  5. yadig says:

    sjsrana- Please stop posting your articles repeatedly. (It gets quite annoying) Honestly bro if you want me to read something before it is news I probably would not care for it. The whole reason it is not in the news yet is because it is not important enough, as a result the only place that you are able to publish your papers is website that shows things before they are news( which by the way I think you made the website as well. just saying.)
    ITK- Please get a life.

  6. sjsrana says:

    @yadig and what/who do you represent?
    What do you know about FREE SPEECH???

    Don't talk SLAVE Language, change brother change, allow FREE SPEECH even "india" has to change now…..enough of GENOCIDE/DEMOCIDE, since india is being WATCHED by the world now!
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/1474/804/P

  7. yadig says:

    I represent somebody who might read your article if you actually knew how to write bro. FREE SPEECH all the way I just hope they ban you. I DO HOPE INDIA CHANGES, but more than that I hope you change the way you write. After reading a sentence from your paper on how The Sikhs are going extinct, which I felt a five year old child could have written better. Also here's to the website your promote so much
    http://beforeitsnews.com/story/37/822/Sikh_Extrem

  8. yadig says:

    In what way was the Singh Sabha movement and the consolidation of the Sikh community part of the same consolidation generally contributing to sectarian and religious violence at Partition and after?

    I am truly confused how anything has to do with the Singh Sabha Movement. Also I do not understand what so many people's gripes are about the Singh Sabha Movement, please enlighten me?

    To what extent to representatives of community's judged to be oppressed gain privilege by way of this definition of their community?

    This question makes absolutely no sense? I have no idea what you are asking

  9. yadig says:

    How is the agenda of this conference and others created? Is there a common ideological thesis that in large part forms the conference agenda before any participant begins their participation? Are participants intended to learn what is being offered or are they intended to engage hypotheses that will be discussed? It seems the former. In which case this is a conference for people to advance a certain already defined position by gathering like-minded people and new adherents.

    The agenda is simple in my opinion. Is there a problem that is prevalent within the community (Check). Does it need to be discussed(Check). No how do you propose we discuss this problem? Yeah participants are intended to learn what is being offered, but if it is in a discussion format why cannot one hypothesize whatever they would like as long as it is geared toward the subject? Honestly have you ever even been to conference?

  10. sjsrana says:

    @yadig cool down brother, cool down there is no WAR going-on!
    I'll reply to your writing however you have not answered my question, why?
    I represent human being and follow SIKH-amrit way,
    for your info, I'm not a WRITER or a preacher or a LEADER (I thank god for not being fake leader or preacher), however "I write what I see" trying to inspire those lost human souls who are loosing their precious life on EARTH by spitting VENOM or creating distractions to mis-guide next generations.
    Now will you reply my original question?

    @yadig and what/who do you represent?
    http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/1533/795/H

  11. Is there kantay says:

    You both suggest, by way of juvenile insult, that I not write, and then ask me to elaborate or explain for your edification. Closed off to genuine exchange of ideas much? Pretty sure a conference in which this kind of attitude prevailed would offer only a patina of open exchange

  12. Is there kantay says:

    Which is why the original questions were posed – in theory they could be answered. That aside, from the tone of the submissions it seems likely there are certain assumptions that do not go investigated. Eg the phrase gendercide

  13. Is there kantay says:

    And the experience of doing so simply from commenting has shown that anything of the same degree would be pretty unpleasant and unfruitful. Instead maybe face that at least on this forum see what might be done differently, instead of, yet again, lecturing about how I should so

  14. sjsrana says:

    Today's so-called leaders, they are good in talk the talk however when it comes to walk the walk they are no-where to be seen, they reason whey Sikhs are not able to call 'Surbatt Khalsa' and collectively decide upon real challenges facing Khalsa. Conceal every move they make, they work in secrecy as they want to hide TRUTH! Let's face it, TRUTH shall be TRUTH regardless, November 1984 genocide is not their top of agenda therefore Sikhs so-called-leaders have only to offer 'talk the talk'………… http://members.beforeitsnews.com/story/1474/804/P
    @sjsrana – twitter ID