Sikhism

Lt. Govenor Visits Gurudwara

November 5, 2001

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/110501/1152001dlw5sikhspeech.shtml

On November 5, 2001, The Appeal-Democrat reported that "California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante brought a message of peace, unity and understanding to Yuba City...during a special visit to the Sikh temple...Bustemante's visit and the Sikh parade both marked the second day of celebrations to honor the gift of the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib...Bustamante said...

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Yuba City's Sikh Parade Draws Over 40,000

November 4, 2001

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/sac/news/localnews/stories/news-localnews-104100220011104-191105.html

On November 4, 2001, The KCRA Channel reported on the annual Sikh parade, "which featured Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante walking among the procession's leaders. The festivities had a decidedly patriotic theme. 'I love America, it is my country,' Stockton's Paramjit Grewal said. 'I love it. I am an American.'" The...

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American Sikhs Reach Out, Educate about their Faith

October 31, 2001

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1031/p2s2-ussc.html

On October 31, 2001 The Christian Science Monitor reported, "Under attack, Sikhs defend their religious liberties." The article noted, "The past 1-1/2 months have galvanized the US Sikh community. With 300,000 adherents, its leaders are working to educate the US public - and to enlist authorities to ensure that Sikhs' religious rights are not trampled by investigators, airline...

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"Identity Politics" Lesson for a Young Sikh American

October 30, 2001

Source: ABC News.com

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/sikh011030_hair.html

On October 30, 2001 ABC News.com featured the story "Bias Fallout: How One Sikh-American Learned a Hard Lesson in Identity Politics." The article described the decision of a young Sikh man to cut his hair after being attacked in the backlash that followed September 11. The article continued, "It's difficult to tell if the cause for the 20-year-old's obvious distress is the...

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California Sikhs Honor Terror Attack Victims, Make Large Donation

October 28, 2001

Source: The Appeal-Democrat

http://www.appeal-democrat.com/102801/102801Yuba-Sutter.shtml

On October 28, 2001 The Appeal-Democrat reported, "Yuba-Sutter Sikhs honor terrorist victims: Make donation to families of police and firefighters killed in Sept. 11 attacks." The article noted that "Members of the Sri Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Yuba City donated about $16,000 Saturday to help families of police officers and firefighters killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist...

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An Illinois Sikh Faces Intolerance, Ignorance

October 28, 2001

Source: The Beacon News

http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/beaconnews/top/a28sikh.htm

On October 28, 2001 The Beacon News published the article "'I wear a turban. I am not in the Taliban': Auroran Sikh faces abuse, misplaced fears." The article tells the story of Ravi Singh, a young Sikh man active in local politics for years. The article notes, "The man with the wide, sad eyes and a white turban atop his head has fought the urge to run up to the finger-...

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Update: Providence Kirpan Case Against Sher Singh

October 26, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/news/06421463.htm

On October 26, 2001, The Providence Journal reported that "the city will not prosecute a Sikh man who was arrested at the Providence Amtrak station...for carrying his religious dagger. Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. made the announcement at a news conference." In a letter sent earlier in the week, "Atty. Gen. Sheldon Whitehouse 'did make it clear that if the case were to reach this...

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Update: Providence Kirpan Case Against Sher Singh

October 26, 2001

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/cgi-bin/story.pl/metro/06425351.htm

On October 26, 2001, The Providence Journal reported, "Sikh won't be prosecuted." The article noted that Mayor Vincent A. Cianci "said prosecuting Singh would have sent the wrong message -- that Providence was a place of intolerance -- when in actuality 'Roger Williams founded this city as a bastion for freedom of religion.'" Sher Singh later held a press conference to thank the...

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Reports that "Backlash" Incidents are Declining; Workplace Discrimination Rising

October 24, 2001

Source: The Nando Times

http://www.nandotimes.com/nation/story/157108p-1484889c.html

On October 24, 2001, The Nando Times reported, "Groups tracking backlash violence since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks say hate crimes appear to be declining, although there are new complaints of workplace discrimination." The article notes that while groups report fewer violent incidents, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has "received so many calls to its field...

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Valley Sikhs Donate to Disaster Relief

October 22, 2001

Source: The Fresno Bee

http://www.fresnobee.com/local/story/1045197p-1103978c.html

On October 22, 2001, The Fresno Bee reported that "members of the Sikh Temple in San Joaquin donated $5,000 on Sunday to the New York City disaster relief fund, bringing the total to $57,000 from four fund-raisers held at temples in the Valley. The latest donation to the American Red Cross by the San Joaquin temple was part of the Sikh community's efforts to help victims from the...

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California Attorney General Visits Gurdwara, Pledges Support

October 21, 2001

Source: The KCRA Channel

http://www.thekcrachannel.com/sac/news/localnews/stories/news-localnews-102375820011021-211050.html

On October 21, 2001, The KCRA Channel in Sacramento reported "Lockyer Speaks To Sikh Community: Attorney General Confirms Hate Crimes Up." The online news source stated, "The number of hate crimes in California has risen sharply since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and Attorney General Bill Lockyer told...

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