Anant Singh – UNITED SIKHS Blog Recognize The Human Race As One Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Reward in Sikh killings case in Elk Grove grows to $57,000 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 23:47:26 +0000    Reward in Sikh killings case in Elk Grove grows to $57,000

The Sikh community, volunteers and police authorities renewed their push on Sunday to identify assailants responsible for the fatal shootings of two Sikh men strolling in their Elk Grove neighborhood in March.  With the reward standing at $57,000, members of the groups said the effort called for a “day of action” to spread the word that the pursuit of the perpetrators will go on.

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Elk Grove police in August sought another $50,000 in the form of a “governor’s reward,” telling Gov. Jerry Brown then that the increased reward could give someone who knows about the case the incentive to step forward.

Such a reward is possible under California Penal Code Section 1547, which gives the governor the authority to make the offer.

The Sikh community along with a coalition of community organizations raised a combined $42,000 for information leading to the arrest of people responsible for the shootings, which are being investigated as a possible hate crime.

Up to $15,000 more is available from Sacramento County’s multi-agency Crime Alert program, said Randy Goodwin of the Sacramento County Probation Department and a representative of the county’s Crime Alert Program.

“Fifty-seven thousand dollars is a significant reward,” said Elk Grove Police Capt. Bryan Noblett as supporters gathered Sunday morning to tackle a new front: the circulation of fliers to businesses within two miles of the shooting site announcing the reward.

“We, of course, wish it didn’t require a large reward like that to develop information,” he said. But he added that the department officials are “hopeful” that the money will entice someone with knowledge to step forward.

The still-unsolved shootings on March 4 led to the deaths of Surinder Singh, 65, and Gurmej Atwal, 78. Singh was killed instantly. Atwal spent six weeks in a hospital before he succumbed.

The group of volunteers, including two Elk Grove City Council members, representatives of the Sikh American community and other volunteers, met in a Park and Ride lot just a few hundred feet from where the slayings occurred on East Stockton Boulevard near Geneva Pointe Drive.

“I think the whole community is going to raise the level of awareness of this crime to see if we can shine a light on these cockroaches,” Elk Grove Mayor Steve Detrick said as supporters gathered. “Maybe somebody didn’t see it. But somebody else could get cocky and talk about it.”

Elk Grove City Councilwoman Sophia Scherman echoed that thought.

“Somewhere out there is someone who will slip and say something,” she said. “The increased reward is going to open many, many doors.”

Volunteers left the area and visited nearby businesses asking to post the bulletins.

It wasn’t seamless. At the nearby Target, a store official told volunteers Navjit Kaur and Gagandeep Mann that the store could not participate.

But a worker at Metropolis Comix near Bruceville Road in Sacramento did post a bulletin in the window. So did the Beauty Chateau salon and spa.

Maggie Solorzano at the spa said she happened to drive by the shooting site to and from school on March 4 and saw the police vehicles, but she learned only later what had happened.

“I hope they catch who did it,” she said. “To take two people away from their families … it’s a shame.”

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Due by June 4 – Youth Delegation Application to COP16, Cancun Thu, 13 May 2010 09:59:13 +0000 Applications are now available for SustainUS Agents of Change delegation to to the UNFCCC COP16 and COP/MOP6 negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, November 29-December 10.

Applicants must be 18-26 years old at the start of the negotiations, and must be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or have been studying or working in the United States for at least six months at the time of application.

Selected applicants will join a diverse delegation of youth, including those both familiar with and new to the youth climate movement; from across the United States and beyond; including young scientists and engineers, policy specialists, grassroots activists, media and communications specialists; students, young professionals, and community
volunteers; and more. We have limited, need-based scholarship money for youth from climate change-impacted communities (requires separate application, see link below).

Full delegation details and application materials are available at

Applications are due by 5 p.m. EDT on June 4th 2010 to

** Please help to ensure that all eligible youth have the opportunity to  apply by forwarding this announcement where appropriate **

For more Info mail Kyle Gracey

2010 Student Peace Alliance National Conference Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:39:31 +0000 2010 Student Peace Alliance National Conference
Extreme Makeover: Peace in the 21st Century

A Conference For Youth, By Youth

Dear Friends,

The second Student Peace Alliance National Conference! being held from Feb 26th- Feb 28th 2010 at southwestern University outside Austin, Texas. The conference will focus on education about effective domestic and international peacebuilding programs; training in grassroots organizing, applied peace building, and lobbying; and empowering youth to be citizen advocates for an infrastructure in the federal government that makes peace a priority. We expect this to be a dynamic conference that will change the central discourse on peace within our country.

For more details visit: 2010 National Conference
Help spread the word about this exciting conference! All the information about housing, travel and conference scholarships is available on the Student Peace Alliance website. Outside of travel to Austin, the total cost for one youth (for registration, housing and food over 3 days) is only $100! The goal is to make this conference as affordable for every youth regardless of socio-economic background. That is one of the main reasons they are offering  scholarships for youth attending the conference.

EarthCorps learning program in Seattle, Washington, USA Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:30:52 +0000 EarthCorps offers a 6-month service learning program in Seattle, Washington, USA that brings together emerging environmental leaders to learn the fundamentals of:
  • Environmental Service
  • Community Building
  • Leadership

EARTHCORPS CHARGES NO TUITION OR FEES for its services and in fact supplies insurance, individual homestay families, food, gear and a monthly stipend to all international participants. EarthCorps provides additional support in acquiring US J-1 Trainee visas.

EarthCorps has established the following minimum criteria to be considered for the program:

  • 18-25 years of age
  • Conversational English
  • No Criminal Record
  • Physically fit with a desire to work outdoors

BEFORE YOU NOMINATE please note that EarthCorps is required by the US government to ensure that every applicant meets strict criteria in order to qualify for a US J-1 Trainee visa. Before you nominate please make sure your candidates meet the following minimum criteria:

  • 4 year college degree in the environmental field and 1 year of relevant work experience*
  • 5 years of work experience in the environmental field*

* These criteria are only for meeting US government regulations regarding the J-1 Trainee visa. US American team members may have less experience than this when entering the program.


  • Applicant Application Dead Line: January 29, 2010
  • Participant selection: February 2010
  • Visa processing: March – April 2010
  • Travel confirmation: May 2010
  • EarthCorps Program starting date: June 2, 2010
  • EarthCorps Program graduation: December 2010

Candidates should be referred to EarthCorps by an environmental organization (i.e. NGO, community group or student club). Materials are available online at:

Please feel free to contact me via email: if you have any questions or concerns.

Contact detail:

Mark Howard
International Program Manager, Responsible Officer
6310 NE 74th St., Suite 201E
Seattle, Washington 98115 USA
+1-206-322-9296 ext. 224 office
+1-206-322-9312 fax


We would like to remind you that the deadline for entry in the 2009 International Essay Contest organized by UNESCO and the Goi Peace Foundtion is coming up on JUNE 30, 2009.

Young people from around the world are invited to submit their essays on the theme “The role of science in building a better world.” First prize winners will receive a cash award and a trip to Japan.

Please see the complete guidelines below, or visit the Goi Peace Foundation website:

– Organized by The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO
– Endorsed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Nikkei Inc., Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education
– Supported by Japan Airlines

The United Nations has designated 2001-2010 as the “International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World” and 2005-2014 as the “United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development.” Not only should young people benefit from these global initiatives, but they should be empowered to play a leading role in them. The theme of this year’s International Essay Contest is “THE ROLE OF SCIENCE IN BUILDING A BETTER WORLD.” Young people from around the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas on this theme.

*** THEME:

“The role of science in building a better world”
Scientific progress has brought many benefits to humanity, while some applications of science have had adverse impacts. What kind of science and technology do you think is needed for realizing a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable world for all? Please express your vision for the future of science, including examples of studies or researches you wish to engage in.


1. Essays may be submitted by anyone up to 25 years old (as of June 30, 2009) in one of the following age categories:
a) Children (ages up to 14) b) Youth (ages 15 – 25)
2. Essays must be 800 words or less typed or printed in English, French, Spanish or German.
3. Essays must have a cover page indicating (1) category (Children or Youth) (2) essay title (3) your name (4) postal address (5) phone number (6) e-mail address (7) nationality (8) age as of June 30, 2009 (9) sex (10) school name (if applicable) (11) word count.
Teachers and youth directors may submit a collection of essays from their class or group. Please enclose a list of participants’ names and the name and contact information of the submitting teacher or director.
(Entries missing any of the above information will not be considered.)
4. Entries may be submitted by postal mail or e-mail. (Email entries must be in text or MS Word format, with the cover page and essay sent together as one document.)
5. Essays must be original and unpublished.
6. Essays must be written by one person. Co-authored essays are not accepted.
7. Copyright of the essays entered will be assigned to the organizers.

*** DEADLINE: Entries must be received by JUNE 30, 2009.

*** AWARDS: The following awards will be given in the Children’s category and Youth category respectively:
1st Prize: Certificate and prize of 100,000 Yen (approx. US$1,000) … 1 entrant
2nd Prize: Certificate and prize of 50,000 Yen (approx. US$500) … 2 entrants
3rd Prize: Certificate and gift … 5 entrants
Honorable Mention: Certificate and gift … 25 entrants

* 1st prize winners will be invited to the award ceremony in Tokyo, Japan scheduled for
November 2009. (Travel expenses will be covered by the organizers.)

** All prize winners will be announced in November 2009 on the Goi Peace Foundation web site ( and UNESCO web site (

International Essay Contest c/o The Goi Peace Foundation
1-4-5 Hirakawacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0093 Japan

We look forward to your participation!

May Peace Prevail on Earth


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Teach & Learn in Korea Fri, 08 May 2009 05:28:36 +0000 The ‘TaLK (Teach & Learn in Korea)’ program is inviting adventurous global leaders to teach English to students and to experience and learn about Korean culture. Sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The TaLK program, sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, invites adventurous global leaders, as Government Scholars. Participants will teach after school English classes in Korean elementary schools in rural areas while enjoying cultural programs.

‘TaLK’ will sponsor individuals interested in gaining personal and professional enrichment through teaching and learning in Korea. The program is open to citizens of countries where English is the national language. The program is seeking 630 TaLK scholars including renewals. More info >>>

Participants will receive Korean government scholarships and teach English in after-school classes of Korean elementary schools while enjoying cultural programs during their free time. Recipients will be placed at schools in rural areas in need of greater exposure to English and teach the language by forming one-on-one working relationships with Korean university TaLK Scholars. Candidates should have a desire to work with children, have a service-centered mind, a willingness to work in rural areas and have consideration for others with a positive attitude.


Participants’ service mindedness and caring heart will instill into the young students’ minds an ambition to learn English and allow them to embark on a journey of accomplishing their dreams.

– Application Deadline: April 20 (for early applications) or June 10, 2009

– Orientation: August 4-28, 2009

– First Day of Work: September 1, 2009

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Upcoming Inter-faith Events Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:26:08 +0000 Upcoming Interfaith Conferences and Events:

Here are just a few of the upcoming conferences and other interfaith events this year:

– URI (United Religions Initiative) North American Regional Assembly “The Year of Reconciliation with Self, Others and World,” May 7-10, Asheville, NC, USA, For more information, contact: Margi Ness, Regional Coordinator,

– URI Interfaith Youth Leadership Retreat, San Francisco, CA, USA, :June 12-14, Anubhuti Retreat Center, USA, For more information, contact: Sarah Talcott, URI Youth Programs Director, Phone: 1-415-561-2300.

NAIN Connect 2009: “Experiencing the Spirit in Education: The Challenge of Religious Pluralism”, June 25-28, Kansas City, MO, USA,

Religions for Peace is organising The Summit of Asian Religious Leaders on Disarmament for Shared Security to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10-11 July 2009. For more info, invitation and registration please Contact the UNITED SIKHS main office or Religions for Peace- Disarmament Program Coordinator, Ms. Allison Pytlak ( , tel +1-212-687-2163, fax +1-212-983-0566), last date May 10, 2009.
Religions for Peace-

– Interfaith Youth Core 6th Conference on Interfaith Youth Work “Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World,” October 25-27, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA,

The Parliament of World Religions:

The 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions is fast approaching and the Youth Program is moving full steam ahead. Featuring four elements, the Youth Program will include:

  • Five Daily Youth Sessions and Workshops exploring the environment, media, sport, the impact of displacement on indigenous people and generational issues;
  • Service Projects where you’ll be able to get involved in local Melbourne projects;
  • Youth Plenary to celebrate the achievements of young people;
  • After hours Coffee House where coffee, entertainment, fun and networking will be on the menu.

Imagine young people from all corners of the globe, from all kinds of faith traditions, with so many different stories to share, all together in one place for seven days. This will be the 2009 Parliament experience!

For more information please visit

The World March:
World March will begin in New Zealand on October 2, 2009, the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth, declared the “International Day of Nonviolence” by the United Nations. It will conclude in the Andes Mountains (Punta de Vacas, Aconcagua, Argentina) on January 2, 2010. The March will last 90 days, three long months of travel. It will pass through all climates and seasons, from the hot summer of the tropics and the deserts, to the winter of Siberia. The American and Asian stages will be the longest, both almost a month. A permanent base of a hundred people of different nationalities will complete the journey.  You can read more at

Check out the map to see if its coming to your city and also contact the national co-ordinators to find out how you could take part, and more about the march specific to India and South Asia at
I will be attending some of the events, anyone interested in seeing us, feel free to reach me at : Anantdeep Singh 
Looking forward for your kind participation as Sikh representative at these events.
For more info and updates about Global Interfaith events please send in your queries to: or mail to Anantdeep Singh (Youth Program Associate)