Sikhism

New Opportunity for Immigrant Communities to Build Civic Leaders and Connections

April 22, 2002

Source: Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/3114529.htm

On April 22, 2002, the Mercury News reported that "in an unprecedented partnership, Santa Clara County [CA] and San Jose City College are teaching immigrants how to maneuver through the political system and build strong community networks... In doing so, the county hopes to groom a new generation of...

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Vaisakhi in America 2002

April 15, 2002

Source: Newsday

On April 15, 2002, Newsday reported that "about 1,200 people... packed the [Plainville, NY Sikh] temple Saturday night to begin celebrating 'Vaisakhi'... Surender Singh Dhall, a founder of the Sikh temple, or gurdwara, in Plainview... and several hundred others returned [the next] morning for more prayers and hymns... Most of Long Island's Sikh community hails originally from Punjab, India. When the Plainview temple opened in 1988, about 100 families worshiped there regularly, Dhall said. Now about 400 families do, and a second Sikh...

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Vaisakhi in America 2002

April 15, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 15, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported on the Vaisakhi celebration in Los Angeles, CA that featured a "parade of thousands of Sikhs celebrating the founding of their religion with a day of unity and prayer... at the Los Angeles Convention Center." The report also noted that because of some in America confusing turbaned Sikhs with followers of the terrorist Osama bin Laden, many Sikhs "marching in the parade carried American flags... The Sikh religion has about 500,000 followers in North America."

Sikhs Make Cobb County, Georgia, their Home

April 11, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On April 11, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Cobb County in Georgia, "which in the past decade has become more and more diverse, has also become home to a handful of Sikhs... [County resident] Manjit Singh Narang estimates about 25 Sikh families --- about 100 people --- are in the county. Many Sikh families keep in contact through their Stone Mountain temple, called a gurdwara, or house of God... Worldwide, there are about 20 million Sikhs, with 500,000 to 750,000 living in the...

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Forum Addresses Concerns of Muslim and South Asian Americans

April 11, 2002

Source: Asian Week

http://www.asianweek.com/2002_04_12/bay_forum.html

On April 11, 2002, the Asian Week featured an article on an event organized by Northern California branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that "aimed to reach out to federal agencies along with Muslim and South Asian communities in the Bay Area [CA]." Government officials served on a panel answering the questions of "800 who gathered...

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Vaisakhi in America 2002

April 8, 2002

Source: The Washington Times

On April 8, 2002, The Washington Times reported that "hundreds of Sikhs from across the [Washington D.C.] region gathered yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate Khalsa Day, their new year festival, and many of them had one question on their minds: What do we do to be recognized as good Americans?... After September 11, Sikhs suffered tremendously in terms of racial profiling, beatings and harassments and in some instances murder... 'How do we let Americans know what our identity is so this doesn't ever happen again...

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Sikh Temple Faces Appeal of its County Approval

April 6, 2002

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/archive/2002/040602/040602Temple.shtml

On April 6, 2002, The Appeal-Democrat featured the article "Planning commission's approval of Sikh temple challenged" which documents that "appeals were filed... challenging the Sutter County [CA] Planning Commission's approval of a Sikh temple... The commission... voted 4-3 to allow the conversion of a home... into a temple...

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Dallas Man Convicted of Murder in "Backlash" Attack; Receives Death Sentence

April 5, 2002

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/americas/newsid_1912000/1912221.stm

On April 5, 2002, BBC News reported "Death for 11 Sept revenge killer." The article reported that the man convicted in the murder of Sikh gas station owner Vasudev Patel received the death sentence. The article explained, "Stroman, 32, holding a small American flag, showed no reaction when the sentence was read. But as he stood up to be led out of court, he...

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Atlanta Sikh Community Looks to Sikh New Year

April 3, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

http://www.sikhs.org/khalsa.htm

On April 3, 2002, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution featured an article on the local Sikh community. "With the September attacks lingering in people's minds, Sikhs in metro Atlanta say they still get strange looks from fellow Atlantans, who often confuse them with Muslims... It is the headgear that draws the attention of strangers, said Preetinder Singh, an Acworth businessman and wholesaler of...

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Interfaith Dialogue Focuses on History

April 1, 2002

Source: The Daily Breeze

http ://w ww.dailybreeze.com/content/bln/nmbmuslim8.html

On April 1, 2002, The Daily Breeze reported on an interfaith dialgoue in Torrance, CA. The meeting was part of the Annual Religions' Founders Day sponsored by the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Association. Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh religious leaders gathered "to discuss the origins and teachings of their faiths."

Richmond Hill Gurdwara Destroyed by Fire

April 1, 2002

Source: The New York Post

http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/44848.htm

On April 1, 2002, The New York Post reported "Fire-gutted Sikh Temple is Strapped." The article noted that "It will take at least two years of construction and up to $10 million before the flock of the Queens Sikh Cultural Society - which numbers in the thousands - can return to the fire-gutted temple. But the leadership of the cultural society in Richmond Hill is determined to rebuild, and...

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Sikh Parade in Livingston, California Draws 2,500 People

March 25, 2002

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/1942117p-2086286c.html

On March 25, 2002, The Modesto Bee featured the article "2,500 gather for Sikh parade." The article reported that "People of all ages marched in the parade, which drew some 2,500 people from as far away as Marysville and Bakersfield. The event marked Holla Mohalla, which Sikh people celebrate on the day after Holi, the festival of color. Holi is associated with spring, hope, new crops...

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Long Island Home to Growing Asian-American Communities

March 17, 2002

Source: The New York Times

On March 17, 2002, The New York Times reported that "Indians are the fastest-growing Asian community on Long Island, nearly doubling in population from 17,523 in 1990 to 34,333 in 2000, according to the 2000 census. Asian Indians, who include Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians, are now the largest Asian group on Long Island, followed by the Chinese and the Koreans... These Asian groups have grown enough in recent years to support their own supermarkets, language schools, churches, temples and mosques on Long Island,...

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