Sikhism

Sikh Community Offended by Cartoon Depiction

September 26, 2003

Source: NCM

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

On September 26, 2003, NCM 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 2,500 signatures to demand a public...

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Sikh Men Assaulted in Brooklyn

September 26, 2003

Source: Associated Press

http://www.wnbc.com/news/2513042/detail.html

On September 26, 2003 the Associated Press reported "a Brooklyn man was arrested early Friday on charges that he used racial slurs and assaulted three Sikh men on Mott Street in lower Manhattan, police said." The assailant "allegedly used the slurs against the men at about 2:30 a.m., police said. He then allegedly punched and bit them...Police said they were charging [the assailant] with third-degree...

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Sikh Candidate Runs for Senate in IL

September 25, 2003

Source: Pioneer Press

http://www.pioneerlocal.com/cgi-bin/ppo-story/localnews/current/pa/09-25-03-112764.html

On September 25, 2003 Pioneer Press reported that Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria "hopes to become the first native of India elected to the U.S. Senate. Although he was born in India, Kathuria has lived in Illinois since he was 8 months old...He has attended the Sikh Religious Society Temple in Palatine since he was a boy... Although...

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New Sikh Temple to be Built in L. Nazareth Twp., PA

September 25, 2003

Source: The Express-Times (PA)

http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1064480725103550.xml

On September 25, 2003 The Express-Times (PA) reported: "construction is scheduled to begin next spring on a religious temple that will become the only one of its kind within a more than 50-mile radius. The township's board of supervisors unanimously voted to give preliminary/final approval to the Sikh Society of...

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New Sikh Temple to be Constructed in Nazareth, PA

September 25, 2003

Source: The Express-Times

http://www.pennlive.com/news/expresstimes/pa/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1064480725103550.xml

On September 25, 2003 The Express-Times reported that the Nazareth township's board of supervisors unanimously voted to give preliminary/final approval to the Sikh Society of the Lehigh Valley's plans for building a temple. The temple will be the first of its kind within more than a fifty mile radius. The new...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 19, 2003

Source: The Argus

http://www.theargusonline.com/Stories/0,1413,83~1968~1642207,00.html

On September 19, 2003 The Argus reported that 'hundreds of Sikh cab drivers lined the path" for the funeral of 21-year-old taxi driver Davinder Singh on Thursday, September 18. "Standing amid the crowd, Shamsher "Netajee" Singh, a driver for California Cab in San Jose, said angrily: 'We are not criminals, we are here to work hard and we help this community. We are not...

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Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Awareness Seminar to be Sponsored by Justice Department

September 19, 2003

Source: U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/pramstotpgcounty09252003.htm

On September 19, 2003 the U.S. Department of Justice Communications Service reported that "the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an awareness and protocol seminar for 800 law enforcement officers, support service workers, local officials and community leaders from the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region... This...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 18, 2003

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/6802564.htm

On September 18, 2003 The Mercury News reported that "about 300 cabdrivers are expected to drive in a massive memorial procession today honoring a Sikh cabdriver who was slain in Redwood City on Saturday.

The man who died, 21-year-old Davinder Singh, was shot while driving two passengers. One of the passengers, Lousa Mataele, 31, of Menlo Park was arrested soon after. Family members...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 16, 2003

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1635272,00.html

On September 16, 2003 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that "Muslim, Sikh and Hindu cab drivers throughout San Mateo County converged on the steps of the Hall of Justice Monday, decrying the weekend shooting death of one of their own that they believe was motivated by hate. They joined together from different faiths to protest the killing of 23-year-old...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 16, 2003

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2003/09/16/BA194103.DTL

On September 16, 2003, The San Francisco Chronicle reported that "cabdrivers in Redwood City insisted Monday that a fellow taxi driver was shot and killed because he was wearing a Sikh turban, even as police offered assurances that the slaying was the result of a botched robbery -- not a hate crime. Daviner Singh,...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi

September 15, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0915memorial15.html

On September 15, 2003, The Arizona Republic reported that "Jeff Linn was a jobless 49-year-old struggling to pay his rent when he first met Balbir Singh Sodhi. The Sikh gas station owner offered Linn free pizza at the end of each day, but not because he felt sorry for him. 'I was on the verge of homelessness, but he didn't know that,' Linn said, tearing up as he offered other...

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Sikh Sues Delta Airlines over Racial Profiling and Harassment

September 15, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/press/pressdetail.asp?pressid=56

On September 15, 2003 SMART reported that "On Tuesday, September 16 a Sikh businessman will file a lawsuit against Delta Airlines, Inc., its affiliate Atlantic Coast Airlines, Inc. and the flight crew alleging acts of racial profiling, intimidation and harassment during a routine commercial flight. Immediately after filing the lawsuit at the U.S. District Court, Newark, NJ, the...

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Slain Sikh Cabdriver Honored by Procession

September 15, 2003

Source: The Mercury News

http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/6776920.htm

On September 15, 2003 The Mercury News reported that "as dozens of Peninsula Sikh cabdrivers staged a work slowdown Sunday to mourn a colleague slain over the weekend, many lashed out at the Redwood City Police Department, saying their refusal to talk about details of the crime has left them too terrified to pick up fares. Investigators have given no indication that the shooting death of...

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Post-9/11 Hatred Waning, but Not Gone

September 13, 2003

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/local/longisland/ny-limusl133452956sep13,0,2779019.story?coll=ny-li-vertical-headlines

On September 13, 2003 Newsday reported that "angry, screaming strangers no longer cut Harpreet Bagga off on the Long Island Expressway. They do not vandalize his home or spit in his face, as they had done to many other Sikh, Arab and Muslim Americans amid the terror and confusion...

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