Sikhism

Federal Government Investigates Harris County Police Involved In Sikh Harassment Case

February 5, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/HoustonUpdate.htm

A Sikh family that was harassed by police officers at their Houston home over Thanksgiving weekend is still awaiting a decision about the case from Harris County's new sheriff.

In the meantime, in response to a letter from the Sikh Coalition, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has unilaterally opened a compliance investigation...

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Sikh Temple Project Put On Hold

February 3, 2009

Author: Tom Lochner

Source: West County Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_11621187?source=rss

An expansion of the Sikh temple of El Sobrante is on hold, after the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday asked for more information on the project's environmental impacts.

The board was hearing an appeal of a Nov. 18 county Planning Commission decision endorsing the project along with a Mitigated Negative Declaration of...

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One Year After Hate Crime

February 3, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/one-year-after-hate-crime

I remember the words of King County Superior Court Judge Monica J. Benton while delivering judgment, said Vázquez should be given leniency in the same way that Singh has given forgiveness, adding that the attack only reiterated that the community needs to "talk about and address our racial differences. When one drinks, as you did, Mr. Vázquez , those deep-...

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First Forces' Sikh Prayer Day a Success

February 3, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Defence News

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/PeopleInDefence/FirstForcesSikhPrayerDayASuccess.htm

There are currently around 200 Sikhs serving in Britain's armed forces, spread thinly across the three Services. Coming from a religion with a strong sense of community, some Sikh servicemen and women can feel isolated without fellow Sikhs to meet or pray with, so a...

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Turban Searches Humiliating, Local Sikhs Say

January 30, 2009

Author: Tom Lochner

Source: West County Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_11593508

Some Sikh men say they are subjected to systematic and humiliating searches of their turbans whenever they fly out of Oakland International Airport, but a federal airport security official says their complaint is unjustified.

J.P. Singh, co-founder of the Sikh temple in El Sobrante, says he was subjected to a secondary search for explosives all six times he...

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USLME Changes Turban Search Policy

January 30, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/USMLEPolicyChange.htm

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) has agreed not to ask Sikh examinees to remove their turbans for security screenings at test centers. The Sikh Coalition applauds the NBME for understanding and responding to the concerns of the Sikh American community.

Medical Student Speaks Out

The Coalition first...

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Americans Taking to Sikh Philosophy

January 28, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: SikhNet

http://www.sikhnet.com/news/americans-taking-sikh-philosophy

As 'Vikram Singh' sang Sikh hymns at a recent inter-faith concert in Washington, few could remain without giving him a big applause as the voice singing the verses belonged to none other than Vic Briggs, a prominent rock star of the 70s, who has now embraced Sikhism. Singh is infact the first non-Indian Sikh to have performed at Golden Temple in...

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Sikh Children Convey Sikh Ideals to American Audience

January 27, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: India Post News Service

http://indiapost.com/article/communitypost/5318/

Audience of about 400 from all walks of life and faiths applauded the perfectly choreographed performance of Sikh children who staged two musical plays recently at Wootton high School in Rockville, Md. This medium of art was employed by 30 children from ages 5 to 15 by enacting two popular American plays and they were staged in celebration of the 300th...

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Sikh Argues Against Hard Hat

January 27, 2009

Author: Amy Chung

Source: The Toronto Sun

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2009/01/27/8159211-sun.html

A Sikh security guard who was asked to trade in his turban for a hard hat by a Home Depot manager presented his case of alleged discrimination before a human rights tribunal yesterday.

Deepinder Loomba, 50, testified he was commissioned to patrol a Home Depot site under construction in Milton and on Dec. 6, 2005, the assistant...

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4th Quarter TSA Report Card Identifies Problem Airports On the Rise

January 27, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/advisories/TSAQ4ReportCard.htm

As 2008 came to a close, the Sikh Coalition continued to tally reports of profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at US airports. Reports alleging 100% secondary screening of Sikhs from Oakland and Seattle airports are particularly concerning. The Coalition today released its Fourth Quarter TSA Report Card to track...

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NY Sikh Victim Of Brutal Racial Attack May Lose Vision

January 23, 2009

Author: Jaspreet Singh

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/123/ARTICLE/4689/2009-01-23.html

Jasmir Singh, a 21-year-old Sikh college student was savagely attacked and stabbed in his left eye during an unprovoked attack on Sunday outside a grocery store in Queens, New York by three young men wielding a glass bottle. Jasmir sustained injuries to his left-eye, head, face, and back, and has not regained his vision after...

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US Company to Pay USD 24000 to Sikh Man for Discrimination

January 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Press Trust of India

http://www.ptinews.com/pti%5Cptisite.nsf/0/6BA3662058E450FA6525754700541D8C?OpenDocument

An American security company has agreed to pay USD 24,000 as compensation to a Sikh man who had complained that he was discriminated against for wearing a turban.

Sukhdev Singh Brar, working in a Texas based security company had filed a complaint with the Equal...

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Oxford Sikhs Might Lose Place Of Worship

January 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Panthic Weekly

http://www.panthic.org/news/124/ARTICLE/4702/2009-01-23.html

The local Sikh community of Oxford has been left distressed over a recent ruling by the city council which bars them from congregating at a private residence in Marston. The private residence turned Gurdwara, or a place of worship, is being used by over forty Sikh families for the past three years for congregational purposes.
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