Sikhism

Sikh Man to Pursue Lawsuit Against Airline, Airport

January 9, 2002

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/news/printedition/ny-lisuit092542850jan09.story?coll=ny%2Dnews%2Dprint

On January 9, 2002, Newsday reported "Sikh Man to Sue Airline, Islip for Turban Incident." The article noted "A Family Court official who said he was twice barred from flights at Long Island MacArthur Airport in October because he refused to remove his turban during a security check has taken the first step toward suing...

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Interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace in Seattle

December 31, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

On December 31, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "several hundred people are expected to gather at Seattle's Green Lake for an interfaith Walking Meditation for Peace. They will say goodbye to a year they say was filled with too much blood spilled, and they'll pray for peace among religions in 2002... This will be the third annual walk and the first one featuring prayers from seven faiths... This year, more local religious institutions are involved, representing Quakers, Catholics, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists,...

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Stories of Religious Conversions in Queens

December 29, 2001

Source: Newsday

On December 29, 2001, Newsday featured an article on three stories of religious conversion. Harpritam Kaur describes her spiritual journey to her conversion to Sikhism. "One Sunday morning in 1997 as she walked past a gas station on her way to church, she saw a young man wearing a turban pacing back and forth and praying. 'You could see the love of God in this man,' she recalls. Kaur says she thought he was a Muslim - at the time she didn't know who the Sikhs were - until she stopped to talk to him... Kaur began attending the Sikh Cultural...

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Editorial: "Protecting communities from the tenacity of hate"

December 28, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorialsopinion/134383747_hateop28.html

On December 28, 2001, The Seattle Times featured an editorial by Pramila Jayapal, "Protecting communities from the tenacity of hate." She writes, "On Dec. 13, a 47-year-old Sikh man was shot to death at the gas station he owned in New Haven, Conn. Eight days before that, the offices of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago were set...

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Grants to Houses of Worship Damaged by Hate Crimes

December 24, 2001

Source: UPI

http://upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=24122001-033546-7201r

On December 24, 2001, UPI reported on the "Fund to soothe wounds of hate." It noted that "A Sikh temple in Palermo, N.Y., and an Episcopal church in Hanna City, Ill., will receive cash gifts from a unique Boston fund this Christmas ... The Boston Piano Religious Trust gives $500 grants to houses of worship damaged or destroyed in hate crimes." Gobind Sadan USA, a Sikh center in New York, and St. John's...

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Vandalism at Sikh Temple's Building Site in D.C.

December 23, 2001

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17683-2001Dec22.html

On December 23, 2001, The Washington Post reported, "Cleaning Up After Attack of Ignorance: Sikhs Respond to Vandals at Temple Site." Following vandalism at their building site, the local Sikh community "expressed fear that vandals incensed by the Sept. 11 attacks had taken out their wrath on the site of the Sikhs' new temple." The incident is being...

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Update: Support for Family of Balbir Singh Sodhi

December 21, 2001

Source: 12News.com

http://www.12news.com/headline/Sodhi_12212001.html

On December 21, 2001, 12News.com reported "Slain Sikh's Family Receives Outpouring of Community Support." It noted that "More than 10,000 people have sent letters, notes and e-mails of sympathy to the family of Balbir Singh Sodhi since the Sikh was shot to death at his Mesa store in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mesa United Way officials added to those condolences Thursday,...

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South Asian Solidarity After September 11

December 20, 2001

Source: The New Republic

http://www.thenewrepublic.com/122401/diarist122401.html

The December 24, 2001 edition of The New Repbulic features the article "All for One." The article details the "post-September 11 paradox" of "South Asian" identity. It continues, "While the war on terrorism has inflamed religious and national divisions on the subcontinent ... in the United States it has probably done more to unify America's disparate South Asian communities than any...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 19, 2001

Source: The Oswego Palladium-Times

On December 19, 2001, The Oswego Palladium-Times published the editorial "Alleged hate crime brings shame to county." It described the arson at Gobind Sadan as "a black eye for Oswego County." The crime "has drawn national media attention, while the investigation is being assisted by not only local law authorities, but state and federal officials as well. ... Oswego County District Attorney Dennis Hawthorne said, 'The seeds for such conduct of those arrested were planted in their minds for several years, possibly by an...

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South Asian Solidarity After September 11

December 19, 2001

Source: www.satyacircle.com

http://www.satyacircle.com/rathod3.html

On December 19, 2001, Satyacircle.com published another view on South Asian solidarity in the editorial "E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One." It noted, "While the invocation of this phrase certainly is appropriate for America as a whole, its message is particularly relevant to the South Asian-American community, which has been placed under considerable strain over the past few weeks. As increasing numbers of South Asian...

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Sikh Woman Stabbed in Suspected Hate Crime: Update

December 18, 2001

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20011218-9999_1m18sikh.html

On December 18, 2001, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported "Hate-crime victim is slowly getting her life back on the road." The article noted, "It's been three months since Swaran Kaur Bhullar, a Sikh, was stabbed while sitting in her car at an intersection on Miramar Road, apparently by someone who mistook her for an Arab or Muslim. 'I'm trying to...

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Sikh Gas Station Owner Murdered in Connecticut: Case Under Investigation

December 15, 2001

Source: The Connecticut Post

http://www.connpost.com/Stories/0,1002,3750%257E278247,00.html

On December 15, 2001, The Connecticut Post reported "New owner fatally shot at W. Haven gas station." It continued, "Amar Sachdeva, 46, of North Main Street, was working alone behind the counter of his Mobil station on Orange Avenue around 8 p.m. when he was shot in the chest with a handgun, police said. ... Police haven't ruled out any possible motives, including...

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Arson at New York Sikh Center, Gobind Sadan USA

December 15, 2001

Source: The Post-Standard

http://www.syracuse.com/news/syrnewspapers/index.ssf?/newsstories/20011215_rnfire.html

On December 15, 2001, The Post-Standard reported "3 Arrested in Temple Fire." The article noted, "Three teen-agers told police they plotted to burn down a Sikh temple in Palermo last month because they thought the people who worshipped there supported the recent terrorist attacks. ... In their statements to police, the teens...

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Indian Cultural Society of Lansing: Interfaith Efforts to Help Needy

December 14, 2001

Source: The Lansing State Journal

http://www.lsj.com/news/local/011214indians_3b.html

On December 14, 2001, The Lansing State Journal reported, "Indian community helps food bank feed the hungry." The article noted, "Leaders of the area's Indian community Thursday apologized for donating only $10,000 to the Greater Lansing Food Bank this year. But food bank officials were thrilled to receive the money from one of their largest donors during a lunch for senior citizens...

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Kansas City Celebrates Pluralism

December 12, 2001

Source: The Kansas City Star

http://www.cres.org

On December 12, 2001, The Kansas City Star reported that "since Sept. 11, leaders in government - like those in schools, hospitals, media and business - want to be sure they are discharging their duties with particular sensitivity to religious concerns... As part of a recognition of pluralism in the [Kansas City] area, Jackson County Executive Katheryn J. Shields is developing a six-month calendar of community open houses scheduled by ethnic and faith...

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