Sikhism

Fairfield Sikhs Form Police Outreach Program

October 7, 2003

Source: Connecticut Post

http://www.connpost.com/Stories/0,1413,96%257E3750%257E1679894,00.html

On October 7, 2003 Connecticut Post reported that Sikhs in Fairfield Connecticut are visiting police in order to educate them on the Sikh religion and prevent the possibility of future violent attacks against Sikhs wearing turbans. Kaur and Pamma Singh Gulati have founded a training program in which they not only illuminate the peaceful doctrines of the...

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In a Stream of Yellow Ribbons, Sikh Marine Welcomed Home

October 6, 2003

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~1679803,00.ht

On October 6, 2003 San Mateo County Times described the homecoming of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Apinderjit Grewal, the 21-year-old Sikh Marine who spent the last six months in Iraq searching for UN banned chemical or biological weapons. Upon his return last Sunday, Grewal was met by crowds of his young cousins, friends, reporters and members of the...

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Pittsburgh Nightclubs Amend Dresscode to Allow for Turbans

October 3, 2003

Source: India West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=097267c7eb954d8c2d4ea8138e10ec69

On October 3, 2003 India West reported that "six popular restaurants and nightclubs owned by a Pittsburgh, PA, chain have amended their 'no hats' dress code to allow turbans and other religious head-coverings." The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force has been collaborating with attorney Ravinder Singh Bhalla and the...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 29, 2003

Source: Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0929roque29-ON.html

On September 29, 2003 the Arizona Republic reported that the lawyers of Frank Silva Roque say he was insane at the time of the shooting Sikh Balbir Singh Sodhi. "Roque suffered from mental illness his entire life and didn't start using racial slurs until after the terrorist attacks, said defense attorney Dan Patterson during closing arguments.'Clearly there was lunacy at work in a grand...

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Sikh Community Offended by Cartoon Depiction

September 26, 2003

Source: India West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=197cc526ed6961e5cbfeb2febcd6867c

On September 26, 2003 India West reported that "a satiric piece of artwork that recently appeared in The Hartford Courant newspaper in Connecticut so rankled the Sikh community across the country that the legal team of the United Sikhs organization launched a petition drive that accumulated a reported 2,...

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Sikh Men Assaulted in Brooklyn

September 26, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.wnbc.com/news/2513042/detail.html

On September 26, 2003 the Associated Press reported "a Brooklyn man was arrested early Friday on charges that he used racial slurs and assaulted three Sikh men on Mott Street in lower Manhattan, police said." The assailant "allegedly used the slurs against the men at about 2:30 a.m., police said. He then allegedly punched and bit them...Police said they were charging [the assailant] with third-degree...

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Sikh Community Offended by Cartoon Depiction

September 26, 2003

Source: NCM

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=197cc526ed6961e5cbfeb2febcd6867c

On September 26, 2003, NCM reported that "a satiric piece of artwork that recently appeared in The Hartford Courant newspaper in Connecticut so rankled the Sikh community across the country that the legal team of the United Sikhs organization launched a petition drive that accumulated a reported 2,500 signatures to demand a public...

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Sikh Candidate Runs for Senate in IL

September 25, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/pa/09-25-03-112764.html

On September 25, 2003 Pioneer Press reported that Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria "hopes to become the first native of India elected to the U.S. Senate. Although he was born in India, Kathuria has lived in Illinois since he was 8 months old...He has attended the Sikh Religious Society Temple in Palatine since he was a boy... Although...

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New Sikh Temple to be Built in L. Nazareth Twp., PA

September 25, 2003

Source: The Express-Times (PA)

http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1064480725103550.xml

On September 25, 2003 The Express-Times (PA) reported: "construction is scheduled to begin next spring on a religious temple that will become the only one of its kind within a more than 50-mile radius. The township's board of supervisors unanimously voted to give preliminary/final approval to the Sikh Society of...

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New Sikh Temple to be Constructed in Nazareth, PA

September 25, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1064480725103550.xml

On September 25, 2003 The Express-Times reported that the Nazareth township's board of supervisors unanimously voted to give preliminary/final approval to the Sikh Society of the Lehigh Valley's plans for building a temple. The temple will be the first of its kind within more than a fifty mile radius. The new...

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Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Awareness Seminar to be Sponsored by Justice Department

September 19, 2003

Source: U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/pramstotpgcounty09252003.htm

On September 19, 2003 the U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service reported that "the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an awareness and protocol seminar for 800 law enforcement officers, support service workers, local officials and community leaders from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region... This...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 19, 2003

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1968~1642207,00.html

On September 19, 2003 The Argus reported that 'hundreds of Sikh cab drivers lined the path" for the funeral of 21-year-old taxi driver Davinder Singh on Thursday, September 18. "Standing amid the crowd, Shamsher "Netajee" Singh, a driver for California Cab in San Jose, said angrily: 'We are not criminals, we are here to work hard and we help this community. We are not...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 18, 2003

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/6802564.htm

On September 18, 2003 The Mercury News reported that "about 300 cabdrivers are expected to drive in a massive memorial procession today honoring a Sikh cabdriver who was slain in Redwood City on Saturday.

The man who died, 21-year-old Davinder Singh, was shot while driving two passengers. One of the passengers, Lousa Mataele, 31, of Menlo Park was arrested soon after. Family members...

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