Sikhism

London Gurdwara Wins Architectural Award

October 23, 2003

Source: Ealing Times

http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.425465.0.gurdwara_scoops_architecture_awards.php

On October 23, 2003 the Ealing Times reported that "the Sikh Gurdwara temple in Southall [suburb of London] came out on top of both the Ealing Civic Society Architectural Award and [the Ealing Times'] online poll. At the award presentation ceremony last night Sardar Himat Singh Sohi (...

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Guru Nakh Sikh Society Sues Sutter County for Religious Discrimination

October 21, 2003

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/articles/2003/10/21/news/local_news/news4.txt

On October 21, 2003 The Appeal-Democrat reported that "a federal judge in Sacramento is deciding the fate of a religious discrimination lawsuit against Sutter County. U.S. District Senior Judge Lawrence Karlton listened to about 30 minutes of arguments Monday from attorneys representing the county and the Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Yuba City...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi

October 14, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1010roqueverdict

On October 14, 2003 The Arizona Republic announced that Frank Roque, 44, was sentenced to death for the shooting of Sikh gasoline station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi four days after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Jurists dimsissed Roque's pleas of insanity, noting that the Mesa machinist's "disrespect for human life greatly outweighed his disputed...

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Sikh Grandmother Recognized for Dedication to Multi-Faith Education

October 12, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/mynews/ny-h3488559oct12,0,1773668.story

On October 12, 2003 Newsday reported that Rajinderjit Singh,an advocate for Sikh women such as herself and a gently outspoken activist for multifaith education, will be one of three recipients of the 2003 Faith Fellowship Award presented by the Gathering of Light Multifaith Spiritual Fellowship. The Glen Head grandmother became became a founding board member and Sikh representative...

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Traditional Punjabi Dance a Part of Sikh Diwali Celebration

October 11, 2003

Source: Manukau Courier

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2687669a11,00.html

On October 11, 2003 the Manukau Courier reported on Diwali celebrations in New Zealand, highlighting the Sikh community's commemoration of the festival: "Sukhjot Singh, who will perform the Bhangra [a traditional Punjabi men's dance celebrating the Sikh religion], says Diwali is also significant for Sikhs [not just Hindus]. 'It symbolises the time when Hargobindji, the sixth prophet,...

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Legislation Condemns Wave of Violence Against Sikhs and South Asians

October 8, 2003

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/5967_407679,001600060001.htm

On October 8, 2003 Hindustan Times reported that "Congressmen Frank Pallone and Joe Wilson have joined fellow lawmakers in supporting a legislation in the US House of Representatives condemning bigotry and violence against Sikhs and others of South Asian origin post September 11. The House is expected to approve the legislation, sponsored by Congressmen Darrell Issa...

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Legislation Condemns Wave of Violence Against Sikhs and South Asians

October 7, 2003

Source: Anti-Defamation League

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/DiRaB_41/4363_41.htm

On October 7, 2003 ,The Anti-Defamation League announced that they "welcome approval by the U.S. House of Representatives of a resolution condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, South Asian-Americans, Muslim-Americans and Sikh-Americans." Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, added that "Now that both the House and Senate have acted to repudiate bias-motivated violence, we...

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Fairfield Sikhs Form Police Outreach Program

October 7, 2003

Source: Connecticut Post

http://www.connpost.com/Stories/0,1413,96%257E3750%257E1679894,00.html

On October 7, 2003 Connecticut Post reported that Sikhs in Fairfield Connecticut are visiting police in order to educate them on the Sikh religion and prevent the possibility of future violent attacks against Sikhs wearing turbans. Kaur and Pamma Singh Gulati have founded a training program in which they not only illuminate the peaceful doctrines of the...

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In a Stream of Yellow Ribbons, Sikh Marine Welcomed Home

October 6, 2003

Source: San Mateo County Times

http://www.sanmateocountytimes.com/Stories/0,1413,87~11268~1679803,00.ht

On October 6, 2003 San Mateo County Times described the homecoming of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Apinderjit Grewal, the 21-year-old Sikh Marine who spent the last six months in Iraq searching for UN banned chemical or biological weapons. Upon his return last Sunday, Grewal was met by crowds of his young cousins, friends, reporters and members of the...

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Pittsburgh Nightclubs Amend Dresscode to Allow for Turbans

October 3, 2003

Source: India West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=097267c7eb954d8c2d4ea8138e10ec69

On October 3, 2003 India West reported that "six popular restaurants and nightclubs owned by a Pittsburgh, PA, chain have amended their 'no hats' dress code to allow turbans and other religious head-coverings." The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force has been collaborating with attorney Ravinder Singh Bhalla and the...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 29, 2003

Source: Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0929roque29-ON.html

On September 29, 2003 the Arizona Republic reported that the lawyers of Frank Silva Roque say he was insane at the time of the shooting Sikh Balbir Singh Sodhi. "Roque suffered from mental illness his entire life and didn't start using racial slurs until after the terrorist attacks, said defense attorney Dan Patterson during closing arguments.'Clearly there was lunacy at work in a grand...

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Sikh Community Offended by Cartoon Depiction

September 26, 2003

Source: India West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=197cc526ed6961e5cbfeb2febcd6867c

On September 26, 2003 India West reported that "a satiric piece of artwork that recently appeared in The Hartford Courant newspaper in Connecticut so rankled the Sikh community across the country that the legal team of the United Sikhs organization launched a petition drive that accumulated a reported 2,...

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