Call On Faith: Valarie Kaur (Odyssey Networks)

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A positive story about the response of faith leaders and communities to hate crimes in America.

Sikh activist and filmmaker Valarie Kaur, who raised awareness of hate crimes nationally in the wake of 9-11, points to the mentor behind her faith. This piece was produced for Odyssey Networks / Women of Spirit and Faith.

Valarie Kaur is the founder of Groundswell Movement, the nation’s largest multifaith online organizing community of 100,000+. She has led campaigns on hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration detention, marriage equality, solitary confinement, and the open Internet. She currently serves as Media and Strategy Fellow at Stanford Law School. She believes “the way we make change is just as important as the change we make.”

A young, inspiring public figure, she is frequent guest on FOX, CNN and popular news outlets. She advocates compassion and unity in response to the culture of violence-plaguing America- from school shootings to LGBT issues. She is a voice for her generation and considered to be a spokesperson for the Sikh community. Her position breaks stereotypes of women within the Sikh community.