Sikhism

Thousands of Sikhs Celebrate Holy Day in Los Angeles

April 12, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-me-sikh12apr12,1,4890092.story?coll=la-news-religion

On April 12, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "Thousands of Sikhs celebrated one of their holiest days with a parade through downtown Los Angeles on Sunday and a call for greater understanding of the fact that wearing a turban is not un-American, nor is it the mark of a terrorist. The Sikhs said their...

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Sikh Organization Declares April 13 "World Turban Day"

April 12, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3620749.stm

On April 12, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A Sikh organisation in northern India has called on all Sikhs to observe 13 April as 'World Turban Day.' The Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) said the purpose of the day was to improve international awareness of Sikhism. It believes that distrust and aggression against Sikhs is caused by a general ignorance about the religion. Sikh men have been...

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On Sikh Holiday, Officials Resolve to Fight Hate Crimes

April 12, 2004

Source: KFMB TV

http://www.kfmb.com/topstory24163.html

On April 12, 2004 KFMB TV reported, "Organizers said more than 10,000 Sikhs from across Southern California were in the city Sunday to celebrate Vaisakhi - which marks their New Year and commemorates the 17th century Sikh leader Guru Gobind Singh... At a press conference earlier in the day, Assemblywoman Judy Chu said Sikhs have been the target of hate crimes by extremists in the United States who mistake them for being from...

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Sikh Coalition Sponsors "Every Vote Counts" Drive

April 11, 2004

Source: National Sikh Coalition

On April 11, 2004 National Sikh Coalition reported, "To help Sikhs announce their presence to schools, city councils, and state and national governments, the Sikh Coalition has initiated 'Every Voice Counts' - a campaign to empower the Sikh people. Today, religion is not recorded by the census. In addition, there has been no clear mechanism to track Sikh voting. As a result the voice of Sikhs in America has been severely underrepresented and we have limited our ability to interact with and affect government. For Citizens...

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Government Statistics Show Rise in Racially or Religiously Motivated Hate Crimes

April 8, 2004

Source: INDOlink

http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=040604064211

On April 8, 2004 INDOlink reported, "Figures published April 7 in Britain show that in 2003 racially or religiously motivated crimes against Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus, registered a steep rise in that country. The British government’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) yesterday released figures showing that race crime last year rose by 12 per cent with 2,000 more cases being...

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Michigan Senator Commemorates 400th Anniversary of Sri Guru Granth Sahib

April 6, 2004

Source: Sikhnet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/MISikhResolution

On April 6, 2004 Sikhnet reported, "On April 1, 2004, Michigan State Senator Michael Switalski introduced a special resolution commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib at the Golden Temple, Amritsar. Senator Michael Switalski spoke eloquently about the principles of the Sikh faith and Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He recognized that the Guru Granth Sahib has a universal message...

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93-Year-Old Sikh Runner Gets Endorsement Deal With Adidas Sportswear

April 6, 2004

Source: The Guardian

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/athletics/story/0,10082,1186668,00.html

On April 6, 2004 The Guardian ran a feature article on Fauja Singh, the 93-year-old Sikh marathon runner who recently signed an endorsement deal with adidas sportswear. The reporter set out to discover "what drives him" in his running. The article reported, "Fauja Singh hasn't been running for very long. He took it up when his wife died 11 years ago and, since then,...

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Update: NC Sikh Hate Crime Victim Unsatisfied With Police Handling of Case

April 5, 2004

Source: The Daily Tar Heel

http://www.dailytarheel.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/04/05/40715e6655229

On April 5, 2004 The Daily Tar Heel reported, "Gagandeep Bindra thought he was safe walking down Franklin Street until he was assaulted last weekend after three teenage boys called him al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. Bindra, a Sikh UNC senior economics major from Punjab, India, said he is more disappointed with the way Chapel Hill police handled the...

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Copies of Sikh Scriptures Flown to Canada, Plane Met by Canadian PM in Toronto

April 4, 2004

Source: INDOlink

http://www.indolink.com/displayArticleS.php?id=040404121251

On April 4, 2004 INDOlink reported, "Copies of the Sikh holy book - the Guru Granth Sahib – have been flown to Canada's Sikh community. The books were flown on board a chartered airliner which took off from the Punjabi city of Amritsar. Hundreds of Sikhs came out of their homes to cheer an unusual procession. Devotees carried silk-covered copies of the book on their heads over a...

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Sikh Community Outraged Over Starvation Death of Sikh Inmate

April 2, 2004

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=d4d7b2f808869df564e995f32944b674

On April 2, 2004 NCM reported, "In mid February, 72-year-old Khem Singh passed away at the Substance Abuse Facility at Corcoran State prison. Crippled and bound to a wheelchair, he died of lung and heart failure brought on as a result of starvation. Fellow inmates repeatedly alerted the authorities about his condition but...

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Police Charge Three NC Teens With Assault of Sikh Man

April 2, 2004

Source: The Herald-Sun

http://www.heraldsun.com/orange/10-466062.html

On April 2, 2004 The Herald-Sun reported, "A Sikh student at UNC claims he and his friend were beaten by a trio of teenagers on Franklin Street after one of them called him Osama bin Laden. Chapel Hill police charged each of the teens with assault inflicting serious injury and simple assault after the student identified them shortly after the assault Sunday morning. Although police categorized the assault...

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