Sikhism

Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 16, 2003

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1635272,00.html

On September 16, 2003 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that "Muslim, Sikh and Hindu cab drivers throughout San Mateo County converged on the steps of the Hall of Justice Monday, decrying the weekend shooting death of one of their own that they believe was motivated by hate. They joined together from different faiths to protest the killing of 23-year-old...

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Sikh Sues Delta Airlines over Racial Profiling and Harassment

September 15, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=56

On September 15, 2003 SMART reported that "On Tuesday, September 16 a Sikh businessman will file a lawsuit against Delta Airlines, Inc., its affiliate Atlantic Coast Airlines, Inc. and the flight crew alleging acts of racial profiling, intimidation and harassment during a routine commercial flight. Immediately after filing the lawsuit at the U.S. District Court, Newark, NJ, the...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 15, 2003

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/6776920.htm

On September 15, 2003 The Mercury News reported that "as dozens of Peninsula Sikh cabdrivers staged a work slowdown Sunday to mourn a colleague slain over the weekend, many lashed out at the Redwood City Police Department, saying their refusal to talk about details of the crime has left them too terrified to pick up fares. Investigators have given no indication that the shooting death of...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 15, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0915memorial15.html

On September 15, 2003, The Arizona Republic reported that "Jeff Linn was a jobless 49-year-old struggling to pay his rent when he first met Balbir Singh Sodhi. The Sikh gas station owner offered Linn free pizza at the end of each day, but not because he felt sorry for him. 'I was on the verge of homelessness, but he didn't know that,' Linn said, tearing up as he offered other...

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Post-9/11 Hatred Waning, but Not Gone

September 13, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl133452956sep13,0,2779019.story?coll=ny-li-vertical-headlines

On September 13, 2003 Newsday reported that "angry, screaming strangers no longer cut Harpreet Bagga off on the Long Island Expressway. They do not vandalize his home or spit in his face, as they had done to many other Sikh, Arab and Muslim Americans amid the terror and confusion...

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Sikh Recalls Post-9/11 Hate Crime Two Years Later

September 11, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/139077_911sikh11.html

On September 11, 2003 Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a follow-up article on Karnail "Kail" Singh, "a Renton resident, India native, world traveler, poet, writer...SeaTac motel owner," and Sikh who was the victim of a hate crime after Sept. 11, 2001. "Nearly two years later, when someone asks him about the assault or when he hears about others being attacked for their...

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2nd Punjabi Heritage Festival Held in Solano County, CA

September 7, 2003

Source: Daily Republic (CA)

http://www.dailyrepublic.com/articles/2003/09/07/news/news3.txt

On September 7, 2003 the Daily Republic in Fairfield-Suisun City, CA, reported on the second annual Punjabi Heritage Festival in Solano County, CA: "More than 1,000 people attended the event that offered a glimpse of the growing Sikh community within Solano County. The night was dedicated to the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks...Since the Sept. 11...

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CA Sikhs Organize Sept. 11 Memorial Event

September 1, 2003

Source: Daily Republic (Fairfield-Suisun City, CA)

http://www.dailyrepublic.com/articles/2003/09/01/news/news4.txt

On September 1, 2003 the Daily Republic reported, "As the two-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks nears, the local Sikh community is inviting all residents to join them for a night of peace." The Punjabi-American Cultural Association's Punjabi Heritage Festival will feature free dinners and cultural exhibitions. Attendance is...

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Harassment on New York Bus Proof to Sikh Man that "History Repeats Itself"

August 29, 2003

Source: Punjab Express

http://www.indypressny.org/article.php3?ArticleID=1049

On August 29, 2003 Punjab Express reported that Gurdayal Singh, 36, a resident of Woodside, Queens and chairman of the local Sikh temple, was asked for his papers by an immigration officer before being verbally and physically harassed on a Greyhound Bus in Syracuse. Singh, a devout Sikh, wears a turban and has a long beard. After boarding the bus, Singh was taunted and called "...

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Cleveland Catholic High School Prohibits Wearing Hijab

August 28, 2003

Source: The Plain Dealer

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/106207423574610.xml

On August 28, 2003 The Plain Dealer reported on a controversy over a Muslim student wearing the hijab, or headscarf, that violated a Cleveland, OH Catholic school's dress code. Sister Maureen Burke, president of Regina High School, said of the policy: "'It's a broad-based policy. It's certainly not just about do-rags or...

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Sikh Candidate Runs for Senate in IL

August 25, 2003

Source: BBC News Online (Washington)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3175017.stm

On August 25, 2003, the BBC News Online in Washington ran a story on Chirinjeev Kathuria's campaign for Republican senator of Illinois. The article reported that Kathuria "believes his differences are a bonus for his political campaign to win the Republican primary next March and then stand for election as an Illinois senator...because people only need one look to spot the difference between him...

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Non-Hindus Question Independence Celebration

August 16, 2003

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/counties/alameda_county/6547379.htm

On August 16, 2003 the Mercury News reported that "The mission of the 11th annual Festival of India and Parade, being hosted this weekend in Fremont, is meant to celebrate India's independence from British rule in 1947... The event, which features folk dancing, samosas and appearances from famous...

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Sikh Family is Attacked in Hate Crime in Queens, NY

August 15, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On August 15, 2003 India Abroad reported that "Surinder Singh... along with his wife and two kids and brother Lakhvir Singh Gill," were attacked in what as been classified by the New York police as a hate crime. The incident occurred near their house in the Woodside neighborhood in Queens, New York. Three unidentified men yelled at Singh, "'bin Ladin, hey bin Laden, go back to your country'... Singh told them he had nothing to do with the Taliban... 'They punched my head, my back, and held me in a choke hold'... Gill has a swollen lip...

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