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Saving Our Symbols: Fighting NY’s Swastika Legislation

March 7, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am EST

Saving Our Symbols: Fighting NY's Swastika Legislation

Date: Sunday, March 7 | Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am EST | Online, anywhere

Please join us for an update on legislation in NY that would require public schools to teach about the swastika as only a symbol of hate.

New York’s proposed bill to make teaching of the swastika singularly as a symbol of hate has sent ripples of concern across the Hindu community in the state.  The bill’s unintended consequences could be disastrous for hundreds of thousands of young Hindu students in New York’s public schools who use the swastika as part of their faith as a positive religious symbol.

Learn about the current status of the bill, what’s involved in the process, concerns of Jewish organizational partners, and what we can do together to stop the bill in its current form in order to secure the safety and well-being of Hindu American students in New York.

Suhag Shukla, Esq.

Suhag Shukla, Esq. is HAF Executive Director and a co-founder of the Foundation. Ms. Shukla has helped steer the Foundation to being recognized as a leading voice for civil rights, human rights, and religious freedom. She is actively involved with Chinmaya Mission, serves on the board of the Bhutanese American Organization of Philadelphia, and is a thought partner for the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia’s Paths to Understanding Public Art Initiative. Shukla is a member of the board for the National Museum of American Religion and serves on religious advisory committees for the Council on Foreign Relations, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Subcommittee for the Prevention of Targeted Violence Against Faith–Based Communities and is a member of the First Amendment Center’s Committee on Religious Liberty and the United Nations Women’s Gender Equality and Religion platform. Shukla was named one of twelve “faith leaders to watch in 2017” by the Center for American Progress.

Taniel Koushakjian

Taniel Koushakjian is HAF’s Director of Public Policy, based in Washington, D.C. He earned a B.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and a M.A. from The George Washington University. For the last 15 years, he has successfully advocated on Capitol Hill on a wide array of human rights, international religious freedom, U.S. foreign policy, and appropriations issues. Mr. Koushakjian was selected as a 2018-2019 Fellow with the Anti-Defamation League Glass Leadership Institute, a 2019 Fellow with the James Madison Institute, and is the Chairman of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable’s South Asia Working Group.


March 7, 2021
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Online, Anywhere