Sikhism

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

June 29, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0629hatetrial-legal29.html

On June 29, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "consumed with hatred after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks, murder defendant Frank Roque vowed repeatedly to kill Muslims... Even Roque's defense concedes he shot a Sikh gas station owner to death and committed drive-by shootings at a Lebanese-owned gas station and an Iraqi man's home... But was Roque...

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Sikhs March Through Hartford: Proclaim Loyalty to U.S.

June 28, 2003

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-sikhs0629.artjun29,0,4664600.story?coll=hc-headlines-local

On June 28, 2003 The Hartford Courant reported that "several dozen Sikhs [marched]through downtown Hartford [CT] to the state Capitol [on Saturday]. They proclaimed their loyalty to the United States... 'Sikhs love USA!' the flag-waving marchers chanted as they made their way around Bushnell Park and up the...

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Press Release: U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Protocol Seminars

June 27, 2003

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

http://www.usdoj.gov/crs/prflorida06262003.htm

On June 27, 2003 U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release stating that "The U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) will sponsor an Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Awareness and Protocol Seminar for law enforcement, local officials, and community leaders.. The seminar is cosponsored by the Florida Commission on Human Relations, Florida State University, the Center for the...

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Press Release: U.S. Department of Justice to Hold Protocol Seminars

June 27, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/6181076.htm

On June 27, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "wearing a traditional head scarf, Lobna 'Luby' Ismail stood silently Thursday before a room packed with community leaders and members of Florida's law-enforcement agencies... Ismail is president of Connecting Cultures, a Silver Spring, Md.-based cultural-training company. She has been traveling across the country...

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California City Passes Resolution Deploring Hate Crimes against Sikhs

June 23, 2003

Source: Tri Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10671~1472164,00.html

On June 23, 2003 the Tri Valley Herald reported that "the city of Lathrop [CA] has passed a resolution deploring hatred and crimes targeting members of the Sikh community... Lathrop's Sikhs asked city officials for such a resolution after reportedly suffering racial and religious attacks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. No one was physically...

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One Woman's Return to an Ashram Lifestyle

June 20, 2003

Source: Sebastian Sun

On June 20, 2003 the Sebastian Sun reported that "born to Sikh parents at an ashram in Miami, Saraswati Rose was exposed to meditation, yoga and the spiritual quest at a young age. Her parents met at the Miami religious community and were attracted to the Sikh faith — a religion from India — because of its focus on discipline... Dietary preferences aside, Rose, 29, led a pretty average life in Orlando. She attended public school and got a degree in cosmetology from Orlando Tech in 1994... 'I was living with my boyfriend, partying,...

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Stanford Baccalaureate Celebration Acknowledges Diverse Religious Traditions

June 18, 2003

Source: Stanford Report

http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2003/june18/bac-618.html

On June 18, 2003 the Stanford Report reported that "Sumir Meghani, a graduating senior in economics, read... lines of Hindu scripture Saturday morning in the Quad at the beginning of the 2003 [Stanford] Baccalaureate Celebration... The event, which also included readings, prayers and music from the Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Shinto traditions, took place on an...

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

June 17, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0617roque17.html

On June 17, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "a defense attorney conceded in court Monday that in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, his client shot to death a Sikh gas-station owner [Balbir Singh Sodhi] and committed drive-by shootings at a Lebanese-owned gas station and an Iraqi man's home... Lawyer Dan Patterson made the admission as part of a guilty...

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Interfaith Activity in Dutchess County, NY

June 15, 2003

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/sunday/localnews/stories/lo061503s12_p.shtml

On June 15, 2003 the Poughkeepsie Journal reported that "Dutchess County [NY] truly is a melting pot of religious faiths -- and religious tolerance... 'In many ways the county is very diverse and it breeds tolerance,' said Michael Tori, a religion professor at Marist College... The county may be nearly three-fourths Roman Catholic, but...

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Mohinderjit Singh Saini Appointed to the Palatine Zoning Board of Appeals

June 12, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/news/newsdetail.asp?newsid=429

On June 12, 2003 SMART reported that "the Palatine Village Council [IL] recently approved the appointment of Mohinderjit Singh Saini to the Palatine Zoning Board of Appeals... Mayor Rita Mullins proposed Saini's name proclaiming that he was an extremely qualified candidate because of his education, professional background, past experience and community service record in Palatine... The...

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Growing Sikh Population in Solano County, CA

June 12, 2003

Source: Daily Republic

http://www.dailyrepublic.com/articles/2003/06/12/news/news1.txt

On June 12, 2003 the Daily Republic reported that "as a young girl growing up in Fairfield, Inderpal Biring remembers seeing only a handful of East Indian children like herself in elementary school... While out in the city's shopping centers with her parents, she remembers spotting only a few East Indians, young or old... Now at the age of 25, Biring, a University of...

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Lathrop California Officials Pass Resolution Deploring Racial and Religious Hate Crimes against Sikh Community

June 10, 2003

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/6934212p-7869434c.html

On June 10, 2003 The Modesto Bee reported that "the city of Lathrop [CA] has passed a resolution deploring hatred and crimes targeting members of the Sikh community. Lathrop's Sikhs asked city officials for such a resolution after suffering racial and religious attacks after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. No one was physically injured, but the comments caused emotional pain,...

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Sikhs Hold Training for Bay Area "Peace Officers"

June 7, 2003

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/default.asp

On June 7, 2003 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Bay area held the "first-ever training for peace officers in how to more sensitively work with the Sikh community as well as with Muslims and other groups that have experienced increased hostility and suspicion since Sept. 11." In attendance were "dozens of law enforcement personnel," along with Sikh men and women.

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