Sikhism

Controversial Sikh Author Arrives in California

August 3, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/7155839p-8103038c.html

On August 3, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "About 40 protesters, aggravated by the controversial teachings of a Sikh author from Canada, gathered Saturday outside a religious center in Roseville [CA] to protest his appearance there... Sardar Gurbaksh Singh Kala Afghana was excommunicated July 10 by the Sikh religious authorities in India for challenging parts...

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Immigrant Children Learning about their Roots in Church

August 3, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A15588-2003Aug2?language=printer

On August 3, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "many non-Christian immigrants are keeping their religions alive in America by looking to an unlikely place: church. In some cases, such as the Chinmaya Mission, stories and songs might be infused with Christian teachings and concepts. In other examples from Buddhist temples to Sikh gurdwaras,...

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Sikh Youth Symposium Speech Contest in California

August 3, 2003

Source: Tri Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1549664,00.html

On August 3, 2003 the Tri Valley Herald reported that "about 60 young followers of the Sikh religion from across the globe are competing in the annual Sikh Youth Symposium speech contest, taking place at temples -- called gurdwaras -- in Fremont, El Sobrante and Hayward this weekend. The first day of the grueling contest began Friday in Fremont [CA]... The...

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FBI Officer Visits Chicago Gurdwara

August 1, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On August 1, 2003 India Abroad reported that "the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Chicago chapter took a pro-active step to end bias against the Sikh community, when Thomas Knier, Special Agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago District unit, visited the gurdwara at Palatine, about 15 miles from downtown Chicago... Knier, who had gone to the gurdwara at the invitation of the Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, wore a yellow patka, the traditional Sikh turban, during his three-hour visit. He joined community members for the...

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ADL Supports Resolution to Protect Arab, South Asian, Muslim, and Sikh-Americans

July 30, 2003

Source: The Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/4288_41.htm

On July 30, 2003 The Anti-Defamation League issued a press release stating that "(ADL) today urged the Speaker of the House of Representatives to schedule a floor consideration of a measure condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, South Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans and Sikh-Americans on the House agenda. Resolution 234 was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on...

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Denial of Services for Sikhs

July 30, 2003

Source: Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/neigh_city/20030730sikh0730p5.asp

On July 30, 2003 the Post-Gazette reported that "one year ago last week, Harpreet Grewal decided to take his wife out on the town to celebrate her birthday. But when they arrived at Donzi's Restaurant in the Strip District [in Pittsburgh], they were turned away, because Grewal, a Sikh, was wearing a turban... He was angry, but he didn't pursue the matter, thinking it was an...

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Update: Rewards for Information Regarding Avtar Singh Shooting

July 26, 2003

Source: Times of India

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/cms.dll/html/uncomp/articleshow?msid=96619

On July 26, 2003 Times of India reported that "a $20,000 reward has been announced to nab the culprits behind a hate crime in which a 52-year-old Sikh truck driver was attacked in Arizona... Contributions for the reward have come from the Sikh community, the Arizona Anti-Defamation League, the governor's office, the US attorney office and the...

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Update: Cross-Burning at College Park Mosque Angers Community

July 25, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=48

On July 25, 2003 SMART issued a press release stating that "the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART)... is standing in solidarity with the local Muslim community after a mosque in College Park, MD was defiled by a cross-burning yesterday. SMART’s Chairman, Manjit Singh, issued a statement demonstrating the need for ethnic and religious communities to unify when such...

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SMART Conducts Congressional Briefing Regarding Hate Crimes

July 25, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=47

On July 25, 2003 SMART reported that "earlier this week, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh civil rights organization, conducted a congressional briefing about hate crime and effective strategies for outreach and prevention... The briefing, entitled 'Violence Against South Asians since 9/11', took place on Capitol Hill July 23 and was sponsored by...

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Update: Kathuria First Sikh to Run for Senate

July 24, 2003

Source: Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1944402

On July 24, 2003 the Economist reported that "an assembly of Sikhs and Hindus and even a token Muslim set aside their differences and turned out on July 22nd on the roof of a posh downtown high-rise to endorse the first American from the Indian subcontinent ever to run for the Senate... It is not going to be easy for Mr. [Chirinjeev Singh] Kathuria, a millionaire Sikh...

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Utah Imam Educates Law Enforcement Officers about Cultural Sensitivity

July 20, 2003

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/2003/Jul/07202003/utah/77049.asp

On July 20, 2003 The Salt Lake Tribune reported that "over the course of the dozens of presentations he has given to college students, churches and community groups about Muslim culture since Sept. 11, 2001, Shuaib-Ud Din practically had become an official spokesman for Utah Muslims... Now the imam at West Valley City's Khadeeja mosque is doubly certified -- this time by the U.S....

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Update: Kathuria First Sikh to Run for Senate

July 15, 2003

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

http://www.suntimes.com/output/elect/cst-nws-sen15.html

On July 15, 2003 the Chicago Sun-Times reported that "Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria is running for U.S. Senate and pledging to pump as much as $6 million to $15 million of his own money into the race... If elected, the Oak Brook Republican would be the first native of India and the first Sikh to serve in the U.S. Senate... 'Don't let the beard and turban fool you,' Kathuria said. 'I am an...

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Community Mourns the Death of Gurpreet Singh

July 14, 2003

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/news/newsdetail.asp?newsid=459

On July 14, 2003 the Contra Costa Times reported that "there was a memorial service at the El Sobrante Sikh temple for Gurpreet Singh, 23, of Hercules, who was shot to death in Richmond July 2 at the wheel of his taxi, and for his wife-to-be, Amandeep Kaur, who shot herself the following day in the Punjab state of India... Several West County officials came to the temple...

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Santa Clara County, CA Bestows Community Award to Sikh Entrepreneur

July 11, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On July 11, 2003 India Abroad reported that Jagdeep Singh, a Sikh entrepreneur, "was the first entrepreneur to hire people above 65 to work for his BJS Electronics. For this the Santa Clara County bestowed the Edna McGhee community Award on him."

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