Sikhism

New England Sikh Community Encounters Curiosity

September 8, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 8, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "for the roughly 150 Sikhs... living at or near the ashram in Millis, [Massachusetts] life has changed since Sept. 11... Never before has a long beard and turban evoked the response it now does. Still, Sikhs in Millis, the largest community of its kind in New England, say that although they remain more vigilant, they have found the vast majority of people to be caring and curious about their religious practices... The turban represents several beliefs in Sikhism, according to...

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Iowa City Muslims and Arabs Comment Positively on Local Response, but Local Universities Experience Backlash

September 8, 2002

Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

http://www.press-citizen.com/news/090802arabs.htm

On September 8, 2002 Iowa City Press-Citizen reported that "some members of the Muslim and Arab communities in Iowa City say the local response has been overwhelmingly positive. Despite the mostly positive reaction in Iowa City, the local community was not immune from some negative backlash. A Press-Citizen survey of Big Ten schools the week after Sept. 11 found threats or incidents of...

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Educating Against Suspicion

September 8, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

On September 8, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "a year after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, [Muslim, Arab, and Sikh people]... who initially aroused suspicion among some residents and law enforcement officials now find themselves - some reluctantly - in the role of educators, all the while enduring long stares and even longer searches at airport security checkpoints. Islamic leaders said their role has become more crucial as a result of the terrorist attacks, especially in the predominantly white Boston [...

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Many American Muslims Still Targeted and Fearful

September 3, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=49897

On September 3, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a year later [in Portland, Oregon], people who once felt harassed are now more relaxed - in part because neighbors, colleagues, and often total strangers reached out to assure them. But they say the initial fear of bodily harm has turned into a dull uneasiness, causing them to worry about their future in the United States, and in some cases strive to...

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Los Angeles Unites all Faiths to Remember September 11

August 30, 2002

Source: Copley News Service

On August 30, 2002 Copley News Service reported that Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles "announced Thursday he will mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with an interfaith prayer vigil designed to promote harmony between religious faiths...

���Representatives of Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Islam, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths will convene that day ... The 'Towers of Faith Prayer Vigil' event, which is open to the public, is seen as a way of celebrating the region's religious, ethnic and...

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Connecticut Sikhs Protest DMV Policy on Removing Head-Coverings

August 29, 2002

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.ctnow.com/news/local/hc-sikhdmv0829.artaug29.story?coll=hc%2Dheadlines%2Dlocal

On August 29, 2002, The Hartford Courant reported that Connecticut "Department of Motor Vehicle workers will no longer ask for written documentation when motorists want to keep their turbans and other religious headgear on while their driver's license photos are taken... The department previously required a letter...

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Update: Balbir Singh Sodhi Remembered

August 28, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 28, 2002, The Associated Press reported that "a small wooden cross, an American flag and pink and yellow flowers stand in front of a suburban Phoenix gas station as testimony to a family and community's grief...    Americans were still reeling from the Sept. 11 attacks when shots rang out on this Mesa street corner four days later, killing station owner Balbir Singh Sodhi. As in the attacks, the sorrow over Sodhi's death remains strong nearly a year later... Authorities say Sodhi, an Indian immigrant, was shot...

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Muslim-Americans and Others Face Scrutiny When Flying

August 28, 2002

Source: MSNBC

http://www.msnbc.com/news/799864.asp

On August 28, 2002 MSNBC reported on the "interrogations, body searches and suspicious stares... [and other] indignities endured by air travelers of Arab, Middle Eastern, South Asian and even South American backgrounds... �The airlines deny they have engaged in racial profiling since the Sept. 11 hijack attacks, in which Islamic extremists struck at the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington... �Still,...

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Connecticut Sikhs Protest DMV Policy on Removing Head-Coverings

August 24, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 24, 2002 The Associated Press reported that Amarjit Singh Buttar, of Vernon, Connecticut and the chairman of the World Sikh Council-America Region, is protesting the "state motor vehicles' policy requiring motorists to remove turbans and other head coverings for driver's license photographs... [He said] Sikhs consider removing their turbans in public to be sacrilegious, and the requirement to do so for a driver's license is harassment... Buttar said he complained recently about the Department of Motor Vehicle policy...

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Sikhs Discuss Post 9/11 Challenges at Georgetown University

August 23, 2002

Source: India Abroad

On August 23, 2002 India Abroad reported that "over 120 young Sikh professionals from the US and a few from Canada came together last month at Georgetown University in Washington DC, to discuss ways and means to confront the challenges the community faces in the aftermath of 9/11. Sikhs have, by virtue of their beards and turbans, become particular targets of hate crimes and racial profiling, particularly by airport security personnel, in the aftermath of last September's terrorist strikes."

New Book Celebrates Hindu Temples of North America

August 9, 2002

Source: India Abroad

On August 9, 2002 India Abroad featured an article on a new book by Mahalingum Kolapen documenting Hindu temples across the United States. The book, co-published by the Hindu University of America and the Hindu Temple Council of North America, "contains 320 full color pages of photographs and line drawings of 28 temples in the U.S. and two in Canada, and includes not only temples from the Hindu tradition, but also representative samples of Jain, Sikh and Buddhist temples.... 'In publishing this book, we are celebrating the need for...

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Balbir Singh Sodhi's Brother Shot in San Francisco

August 6, 2002

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.arizonarepublic.com/arizona/articles/0806sodhi0806.html

On August 6, 2002, The Arizona Republic featured an interview with Harjit Singh Sodhi, the cousin of the two Sikh brothers both murdered within the last year. Balbir Singh Sodhi, an Arizona gas station owner, "was gunned down in hate four days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks." Now his younger brother, Sukhpal, has been "hit by a stray bullet, possibly...

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Balbir Singh Sodhi's Brother Shot in San Francisco

August 6, 2002

Source: India Abroad

http://indiabroad.rediff.com/us/2002/aug/06sukh.htm

On August 6, 2002, India Abroad reported that Sukhpal Singh Sodhi, "brother of Balbir Singh Sodhi, the first South Asian killed in the hate crimes following the September 11 attacks, was killed in San Francisco on Sunday... There is no evidence linking Sukhpal's killing to the hate crimes and he may have been the victim of a bullet intended for somebody else," according to police. However, "the...

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