Sikhism

Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

September 15, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 15, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a memorial vigil was held Saturday night for a Mesa gas station owner shot days after last year's terrorist attacks on the East Coast. The Balbir Singh Sodhi Embrace Diversity Memorial event took place at a Mesa park about a mile from where Sodhi was shot. An estimated 800 people attended the two-hour program, delivered from a large stage that featured a collage in the shape of an American flag with the words "Embrace Diversity." Statements were read from President...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

September 15, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sns-ap-attacks-arizona-shooting0915sep14.story?coll=sns%2Dap%2Dnation%2Dheadlines

On September 15, 2002 Newsday reported that "hundreds of people attended a memorial vigil Saturday night [in Mesa, AZ] for a gas station owner fatally shot just days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... The two-hour memorial took...

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Diana Eck Comments on American Religious Affiliations

September 14, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 14, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "Americans toward the end of the 20th century began reexamining their religious affiliations with intensity after an unprecedented growth of 'nontraditional' U.S. faiths, said Diana L. Eck, founder of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. No longer were Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Muslims 'just on the other side of the world,' Eck said. Now they were 'neighbors across the street, and the encounter of people of other religions [became] more prevalent.' This trend...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

September 14, 2002

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/s/Sept11EmbracingDiversity

On September 14, 2002 SikhNet reported that "on September 14th, the Sodhi family and the Phoenix Sikh community will host Embracing Diversity: Balbir Singh Sodhi Memorial Event. The memorial will honor not only Balbir Singh Sodhi, but all those who have died in the last year in backlash-related murders. The event will feature government and interfaith speakers, musicians and prayer, and will encourage unity...

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Some Hate Crime Victims "Feel Forgotten"

September 14, 2002

Source: The Washington Post

On September 14, 2002 The Washington Post reported that "at least a dozen murders are being investigated as hate crimes by [Texas] authorities. Families of those victims say they share the grief of the families of those who perished at the World Trade Center and Pentagon and who were aboard the jetliners that crashed that day. But amid the commemorations and observances of the first anniversary of Sept. 11, they feel forgotten. Representatives of the national charities say the issue is not so simple. The September 11th Fund...

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New Documentary on Sikhs in America Puts Out "Message of Tolerance"

September 13, 2002

Source: India-West

On September 13, 2002 India West reported that "the filmmakers of a documentary on Sikhs in America are hoping that the film will find a television audience in time for the November birthday of Guru Nanak, the religion's founder. 'Mistaken Identity: Sikhs in America,' directed by Vinanti Sarkar and hosted by journalist Amanda Gesine, tells the visual story of Sikhs in post-9/11 America. Sarkar and Gesine traveled across the United STates over a nine-month period to capture the Sikh...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

September 12, 2002

Source: USA Today

On September 12, 2002 USA Today reported that "more than 200 people gathered near a freshly planted Indian rosewood that honors Balbir Singh Sodhi, 52, an Indian immigrant and a Sikh who was shot to death outside his Chevron station in Mesa four days after the terrorist attacks. In the year since those crimes, Mesa and greater Phoenix have faced head-on the fear and distrust of Arabs and Muslims spawned by Sept. 11. Sikhs, who are neither Muslim nor Arab, have sought to educate Americans about who they are, too."

California Sikhs Determined to Continue Efforts of Community Involvement a Year After 9/11

September 11, 2002

Source: The Reporter

http://www.thereporter.com/Specials/9Eleven/pg01a.html

On September 11, 2002 The Reporter in Vacaville, California reported that "when local Sikh-Americans found their sacred temple sullied in July with black spray-painted profanity and the message, 'go back where you belong,' they simply removed it and went about the business of living their religion... Tolerance for their fellow men, including the ignorant, is part of being Sikh... said...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

September 11, 2002

Source: The Arizona Republic

On September 11, 2002 The Arizona Republic printed an editorial which stated, "it is fitting and important that all Americans take time today to mourn the victims of last Sept. 11 and to give sober reflection to the challenges America will face in coming years. At the same time, it's important also for residents of the East Valley to take a little time to reflect on our area's own particular additional sadness, the senseless murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi. After Sodhi was killed, there was a strong demonstration of sympathy for...

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Update: Providence Kirpan Case Against Sher Singh

September 11, 2002

Source: Zwire

On September 11, 2002 Zwire reported on Sher JB Singh, who "a year ago... was pulled off an Amtrak train in Providence, R.I., and arrested amid a crowd of angry people and racial slurs. He was accused of being a terrorist. His photo appeared in newspapers and on television, linked with words like 'suspicious' and 'weapon.' Now, Singh, a devout Sikh originally from Chandigarh, Punjab, in northern India, works to educate others about the meaning and importance of turbans and ceremonial knives. He is not angry at the police or government, despite...

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Profile of a Washington Sikh's Experience after 9/11

September 11, 2002

Source: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/86493_history11.shtml

On September 11, 2002 The Seattle Post-Intelligencer featured the article "In Their Words: Proud Sikhs can't forget the backlash," which highlights the experiences and opinions of a Sikh-American in Washington state. "'Jathedar' Sidhu prays at Gurudwara Singh Sabah of Washington, the Renton Sikh Temple. Sidhu is a postal worker who has cried for his love for America -...

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Heroic Sikh Doctor Recalls Post-9/11 Backlash

September 10, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On September 10, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "speaking at a senior citizen center Monday, [Dr. Navinderdeep Singh] Nijher... one of the first physicians to arrive at the burning remains of the twin towers... recalled the backlash of hate he and other Sikhs faced from fellow Americans in the wake of the attacks... When he walked into the drugstore to get film developed from Ground Zero, the store clerk mistook him for a Muslim. 'When I presented the pictures to the drugstore clerk, I asked him how much it would...

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A Call for Americans to Assimilate

September 9, 2002

Source: The Satya Circle

On September 9, 2002 The Satya Circle printed an editorial which stated, "if there is to be any significant improvement in the way South Asian- or Arab-Americans are treated by other Americans, the change must take place not through a superficial adjustment on the part of the former, but through an appreciation by the latter of the fact that those of South Asian or Arab descent are Americans, and that these individuals contribute to and secure the happiness and liberty enjoyed by all. Indeed, it is only other Americans who must...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

September 8, 2002

Source: The Arizona Republic

On September 8, 2002, The Arizona Republic reported that "the pain of losing a patriarch hasn't really left the Sodhi family. It's been a year since Sukhwinder Singh Sodhi's father, Balbir, was shot to death while planting flowers outside the family's convenience store near 80th Street and University Drive in Mesa. Sukhwinder, 29, wears a Diamondbacks baseball cap now instead of a turban. His dark beard is close-cropped. He says family life was starting to get better until Balbir's brother, a San Francisco cab driver, was shot...

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