Sikhism

Celebration Services for Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, 2003

April 14, 2003

Source: The Argus

On April 14, 2003 The Argus reported that a "stream of two lines flowed beyond the entrance to the Fremont [CA] gurdwara, or temple, as hundreds of Sikhs waited their turn to bow before the holy scripture... The ritual is a daily practice in the faith, but Sunday's services were special. It was on this day 304 years ago that Sikhs were given the identity known as Khalsa, or pure ones... Sikhs believe that a series of 10 gurus, or spiritual leaders, laid the foundation for the faith in the Indian state of Punjab in the 18th century. Sunday...

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Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 13, 2003

Source: The Sacramento Bee

http://www.sacbee.com/content/news/story/6449254p-7401158c.html

On April 13, 2003 The Sacramento Bee reported that "the Sikh presence at the Good News Rescue Mission during Thanksgiving of 2001 understandably attracted media attention... There, [Kawaljit] Singh took time to explain his religion, his turban, the small silver knife, or kirpan, he tucks in his belt. Some onlookers apparently saw it as going too far... Soon after the...

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South Asians Unite at Forum in Pennsylvania

April 8, 2003

Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

http://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2003/04/08/3e92855f79ad9

On April 8, 2003 The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on "a forum -- the first of its kind -- entitled "Bridging the South Asian Gap: Breaking Down the Stereotypes." The event aimed to confront the misperception of uniformity among South Asians while at the same time uniting the various communities... It was in light of their differences...

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Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 5, 2003

Source: Record Searchlight

http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20030405toplo067.shtml

On April 5, 2003 the Record Searchlight reported that "Sikhs are welcome to cook and serve food at the Good News Rescue Mission and the media can cover it. The Rev. Jim Dahl, the mission director, said that was the essence of a Friday afternoon telephone conversation between him and Kawaljit Singh... 'I let him know the door is wide open for them to serve and that any...

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Update: Good News Rescue Mission Welcomes Sikhs

April 3, 2003

Source: Record Searchlight

http://www.redding.com/top_stories/local/20030403toplo035.shtml

On April 3, 2003 the Record Searchlight reported that the "Good News Rescue Mission has notified local Sikhs that their services are no longer welcome... A March 27 letter from mission director the Rev. Jim Dahl to Kawaljit Singh followed an earlier conversation between the men. Singh said Dahl's message was clear in the two-page...

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Sikhs Celebrate Hola Mahala

March 31, 2003

Source: The Modesto Bee

http://www.modbee.com/local/story/6475615p-7420243c.html

On March 31, 2003 The Modesto Bee reported that "this Sunday... 15-year-old Kristina Bassi of Livingston... dressed in a bright yellow Punjabi suit and attended services in Livingston. Kristina listened over loudspeakers outside a Sikh temple to people recite the holy book and sing hymnals while playing traditional music... She was among an estimated 2,500 at the fifth annual...

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Sikhs Celebrate Hola Mahala

March 31, 2003

Source: Merced Sun-Star

http://www.mercedsun-star.com/news/newsview.asp?c=36183

On March 31, 2003 the Merced Sun-Star reported that "about 2,000 more Sikhs traveled from all parts of California to celebrate in the fifth annual Hola Mahala Parade, a celebration of the 301st birthday of the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, or Sikh holy book... Each year, thousands dressed in bright silk come to Livingston from as far as Los Angeles and Sacramento."

Sikhs Raise Concerns Over New Film

March 31, 2003

Source: SMART

http://www.sikhmediawatch.org/letters/Miramax--Dysfunktional%20Family.pdf

On March 31, 2003 SMART issued a press release stating that "following weeks of conversations with publicists for Miramax and the producer of Dysfunktional Family, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh advocacy and civil rights group, has retained a law firm and placed Dysfunktional Family's producers on notice. The film scheduled...

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

March 30, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Southwest/03/30/sikh.shooting.ap/

On March 30, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "the family of an Indian man who was slain in an apparent fit of anti-Muslim rage is working with immigration officials so his widow can attend the capital murder trial of the accused killer... Mesa resident Frank Roque's trial isn't scheduled until June 24th, but there is a chance Harjinder Kaur, the widow of Balbir...

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Sikh Americans Concerned about Backlash of War in Iraq

March 30, 2003

Source: The Detroit News

http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0303/30/d01-122448.htm

On March 30, 2003 The Detroit News reported that "as war with Iraq drew closer to reality, Wayne State University student Sojeet Kaur became concerned: Sept. 11 had taught her a lesson that even life as a foreign-born American hadn't quite prepared her for. Her people, mostly natives of northern India, were being blamed for the terrorist attacks, sometimes with fatal results. Kaur is...

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Bay Area Community Leaders Urge Tolerance in Wake of War in Iraq

March 27, 2003

Source: The Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10669~1274448,00.html

On March 27, 2003 The Tri-Valley Herald reported that "in an attempt to curb backlash against Arabs and South Asians as America's war with Iraq continues, police and city leaders issued a joint statement Wednesday saying they will not tolerate hate crimes... Police chiefs from Fremont, Union City and Newark [CA] said all crimes committed against...

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