Sikhism

South Asians Unite at Forum in Pennsylvania

April 8, 2003

Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

http://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/04/08/3e92855f79ad9

On April 8, 2003 The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on "a forum -- the first of its kind -- entitled "Bridging the South Asian Gap: Breaking Down the Stereotypes." The event aimed to confront the misperception of uniformity among South Asians while at the same time uniting the various communities... It was in light of their differences...

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Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 5, 2003

Source: Record Searchlight

http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20030405toplo067.shtml

On April 5, 2003 the Record Searchlight reported that "Sikhs are welcome to cook and serve food at the Good News Rescue Mission and the media can cover it. The Rev. Jim Dahl, the mission director, said that was the essence of a Friday afternoon telephone conversation between him and Kawaljit Singh... 'I let him know the door is wide open for them to serve and that any...

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Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 3, 2003

Source: Record Searchlight

http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20030403toplo035.shtml

On April 3, 2003 the Record Searchlight reported that the "Good News Rescue Mission has notified local Sikhs that their services are no longer welcome... A March 27 letter from mission director the Rev. Jim Dahl to Kawaljit Singh followed an earlier conversation between the men. Singh said Dahl's message was clear in the two-page...

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Sikhs Celebrate Hola Mahala

March 31, 2003

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/6475615p-7420243c.html

On March 31, 2003 The Modesto Bee reported that "this Sunday... 15-year-old Kristina Bassi of Livingston... dressed in a bright yellow Punjabi suit and attended services in Livingston. Kristina listened over loudspeakers outside a Sikh temple to people recite the holy book and sing hymnals while playing traditional music... She was among an estimated 2,500 at the fifth annual...

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Sikhs Celebrate Hola Mahala

March 31, 2003

Source: Merced Sun-Star

http://www.mercedsun-star.com/news/newsview.asp?c=36183

On March 31, 2003 the Merced Sun-Star reported that "about 2,000 more Sikhs traveled from all parts of California to celebrate in the fifth annual Hola Mahala Parade, a celebration of the 301st birthday of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, or Sikh holy book... Each year, thousands dressed in bright silk come to Livingston from as far as Los Angeles and Sacramento."

Sikhs Raise Concerns Over New Film

March 31, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/letters/Miramax--Dysfunktional%20Family.pdf

On March 31, 2003 SMART issued a press release stating that "following weeks of conversations with publicists for Miramax and the producer of Dysfunktional Family, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh advocacy and civil rights group, has retained a law firm and placed Dysfunktional Family's producers on notice. The film scheduled...

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Update: Frank Roque Pleads Guilty to Shooting Death of Balbir Singh Sodhi

March 30, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Southwest/03/30/sikh.shooting.ap/

On March 30, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the family of an Indian man who was slain in an apparent fit of anti-Muslim rage is working with immigration officials so his widow can attend the capital murder trial of the accused killer... Mesa resident Frank Roque's trial isn't scheduled until June 24th, but there is a chance Harjinder Kaur, the widow of Balbir...

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Sikh Americans Concerned about Backlash of War in Iraq

March 30, 2003

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0303/30/d01-122448.htm

On March 30, 2003 The Detroit News reported that "as war with Iraq drew closer to reality, Wayne State University student Sojeet Kaur became concerned: Sept. 11 had taught her a lesson that even life as a foreign-born American hadn't quite prepared her for. Her people, mostly natives of northern India, were being blamed for the terrorist attacks, sometimes with fatal results. Kaur is...

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Bay Area Community Leaders Urge Tolerance in Wake of War in Iraq

March 27, 2003

Source: The Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1274448,00.html

On March 27, 2003 The Tri-Valley Herald reported that "in an attempt to curb backlash against Arabs and South Asians as America's war with Iraq continues, police and city leaders issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they will not tolerate hate crimes... Police chiefs from Fremont, Union City and Newark [CA] said all crimes committed against...

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Sikhs Celebrate Hola Mahala

March 27, 2003

Source: Modbee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/6453840p-7398370c.html

On March 27, 2003 the Modbee reported that "a parade in celebration of Sikh religion and culture is scheduled here Sunday... The parade will include floats from other communities and temples, as well as from Livingston, organizers said... Participants will range from children to the elderly, said Mayor Gurpal Samra, one of the organizers... He said religious music will be played, and people...

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Update: Hindus, Muslims, and Vegetarians Sue McDonald's over Use of Beef Flavoring in Fries

March 26, 2003

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/114153_tl126.shtml

On March 26, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "McDonald's has 30 days to make payments, after a Chicago judge yesterday approved a final list of 23 vegetarian, Hindu, kosher and children's organizations that will split $10 million from the global hamburger hawker... Three Seattle residents -- a Hindu, a Sikh and a non-Hindu vegetarian -- were named plaintiffs in...

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Interfaith Prayers for Peace at Washington's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

March 20, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On March 20, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "each Wednesday, four veterans of the U.S. military kneel and offer prayers for peace - using words of the faithful from all over the world - at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in the Yakima Valley... There are Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Bahai and even Zoroastrian prayers... 'We just don't think we have an exclusive voice to heaven,' said Bill Flower, 66, an Army veteran and a lifelong member of Holy Trinity... The idea came from the church's Spokane Diocese, which...

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