Sikhism

Update: Providence Kirpan Case Against Sher Singh

October 26, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/news/06421463.htm

On October 26, 2001, The Providence Journal reported that "the city will not prosecute a Sikh man who was arrested at the Providence Amtrak station...for carrying his religious dagger. Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. made the announcement at a news conference." In a letter sent earlier in the week, "Atty. Gen. Sheldon Whitehouse 'did make it clear that if the case were to reach this...

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Update: Providence Kirpan Case Against Sher Singh

October 26, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/metro/06425351.htm

On October 26, 2001, The Providence Journal reported, "Sikh won't be prosecuted." The article noted that Mayor Vincent A. Cianci "said prosecuting Singh would have sent the wrong message -- that Providence was a place of intolerance -- when in actuality 'Roger Williams founded this city as a bastion for freedom of religion.'" Sher Singh later held a press conference to thank the...

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Reports that "Backlash" Incidents are Declining; Workplace Discrimination Rising

October 24, 2001

Source: The Nando Times

http://www.nandotimes.com/nation/story/157108p-1484889c.html

On October 24, 2001, The Nando Times reported, "Groups tracking backlash violence since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks say hate crimes appear to be declining, although there are new complaints of workplace discrimination." The article notes that while groups report fewer violent incidents, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has "received so many calls to its field...

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Valley Sikhs Donate to Disaster Relief

October 22, 2001

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1045197p-1103978c.html

On October 22, 2001, The Fresno Bee reported that "members of the Sikh Temple in San Joaquin donated $5,000 on Sunday to the New York City disaster relief fund, bringing the total to $57,000 from four fund-raisers held at temples in the Valley. The latest donation to the American Red Cross by the San Joaquin temple was part of the Sikh community's efforts to help victims from the...

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California Attorney General Visits Gurdwara, Pledges Support

October 21, 2001

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/sac/news/localnews/stories/news-localnews-102375820011021-211050.html

On October 21, 2001, The KCRA Channel in Sacramento reported "Lockyer Speaks To Sikh Community: Attorney General Confirms Hate Crimes Up." The online news source stated, "The number of hate crimes in California has risen sharply since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and Attorney General Bill Lockyer told...

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Sikh Man Attacked at his Seattle Hotel

October 20, 2001

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlep-i.nwsource.com/local/43589_attack20.shtml

On October 20, 2001, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported "Sikh man beaten at his SeaTac motel." The article reported that a man is under arrest for the attack, which left the hotel owner Kail Singh unconscious. The article concluded, "Toward his attacker, Singh said he feels no anger. He blames ignorance and lack of education about Sikhism."

American Sikhs Reach Out, Educate about their Faith

October 20, 2001

Source: The Virginian-Pilot

http://www.pilotonline.com/news/nw1020sikh.html

On October 20, 2001 The Virginian-Pilot featured the article "Sikhs: Followers of faith promote peace." The article reported on the outreach efforts of the local Sikh community. "'This is a very delicate and trying time for Sikhs,' said Jagdish A. Singh, who heads the area's foundation. 'Some people may be shaving their beards and removing turbans out of fear of being considered [members of the]...

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Update: Providence Kirpan Case Against Sher Singh

October 19, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/opinion/06380151.htm

On October 19, 2001, The Providence Journal featured the editorial by Sarbpreet Singh "The Sikh's arrest and Roger Williams." The piece concluded, "As America deals with legitimate, complex issues of security and retribution, there might be a tendency to not pay too much attention to cases like this one, which are emblematic of the backlash that Sikhs and other minority...

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Orange County Faces Hate Crimes

October 19, 2001

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/editions/orange/la-000083262oct19.story?coll=la%2Deditions%2Dorange

On October 19, 2001, The Los Angeles Times included the article "Post-Attack Incident to Draw Hate Charge" which reported that "rage over Sept. 11 prompted a Fullerton man to chase and threaten a Sikh couple, prosecutors say." Another local incident, in which an elderly Iranian couple was threatened while walking...

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Japanese-Americans Speak Out Against Backlash

October 18, 2001

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/sac/news/localnews/stories/news-localnews-102172820011018-181052.html

On October 18, 2001, The KCRA Channel in Sacramento reported, "Japanese-Americans Join Fight Against Hate Crimes: Groups Band Together To Decry Arab, Sikh And Muslim Hate Crimes." The article reported on backlash, including an incident in which a local mosque was blockaded by tractors. "'Sixty years ago,...

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