jasminder – UNITED SIKHS Blog http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Fri, 01 Sep 2017 23:45:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 UNITED SIKHS: Filling Gaps in Community Oral Health Needs http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/06/united-sikhs-filling-gaps-in-community-oral-health-needs/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/06/united-sikhs-filling-gaps-in-community-oral-health-needs/#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 04:32:58 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1995

Highlights:

  • UNITED SIKHS’ team provided free medical and oral health screenings
  • Promoting Oral Health and Dental care in the Sikh Community
  • Click here for more information on CEED Projects and how you can volunteer to help.

New York/New Jersey, USA – Results from an ongoing study conducted by UNITED SIKHS and partners, within the Sikh American community in New York, show that more than half (53%) of all Sikh South Asian surveyed members have never received a check-up or screening from a dentist. Identifying and acting upon this need, UNITED SIKHS’ Community Empowerment and Education Directorate (CEED) team provided free medical and oral health screenings: on April 7, 2013 at the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar in Port Reading, NJ; on April 21, 2013 at the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill, NY; and on June 2, 2013 at the Gurdwara Sikh Sabha in Port Reading, NJ.

Supported by the Dentaquest Foundation’s National Community Committee Oral Health Initiative, this was the first time our health projects focused on oral health and its relationship with chronic medical conditions, such as, diabetes and hypertension. Our partners in this undertaking are the New York University Prevention Research Center, New York University College of Dentistry, many Gurdwaras across New York and New Jersey and community members.

The highlight of the event was addressing oral health promotion in the Sikh American communities in New York and New Jersey, and built a capacity for community engagement for oral health. The four-hour oral health screenings attracted over one hundred and fifty participants who took advantage of our fifty volunteers providing language support and access to oral health services such as proper teeth cleaning and flossing, preventing cavities, oral health tips, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, oral cancer screenings and oral health awareness.

Screening

Gurjeet Kaur, a community member who attended said, “It was a wonderful event and was very helpful. At the oral screening, I found that I had a cavity which I will get taken care of. I learned how to take better care of my teeth. The event was very well organized and all the volunteers were very helpful.”

Dr. Rucha Kaur, CEED manager, UNITED SIKHS, expressed her excitement of the event saying, “This is an example of community-academic collaboration where we are building upon projects we have previously undertaken in the community. More than half (53%) of all Sikh South Asian surveyed members, in our study, had never received a check-up or screening from a dentist. We recognized the crucial gap in the health needs of our community members and brought resources and partners to address and educate the community.”

Health providers were faculty and students from NYU College of Dentistry, individual doctors, medical assistants and dental hygienists, who volunteered their time and expertise. Each participant was given an information brochure to take with them detailing oral care and its importance.

Issued By:

Dr. Seema Kaur Director,

Community Empowerment and Education Directorate (CEED)

UNITED SIKHS

Tel: 1-646-688-3525 ceed-usa@unitedsikhs.org

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Reminder:Grand Opening of Sikh Heritage Photo Exhibition Today http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/04/grand-opening-of-sikh-heritage-photo-exhibition/ Sat, 06 Apr 2013 03:46:45 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1898

Grand Opening of Sikh Heritage Photo Exhibition Today

Atlanta, Georgia: UNITED SIKHS is proud to invite you and your families on behalf of the Gurudwara, Guru Nanak Mission Society of Atlanta to attend the grand opening of the Sikh heritage photo exhibition.

Program of Grand Opening on Saturday, April 6

Venue: 1158 Rockbridge Road, Norcross, GA 30093
Date: April 1st – 20th
Reception & Refreshment: 4 PM
Grand Opening Ceremony: 5 PM
Guru Ka Langar: 6 PM

Gurudwara Sahib aims to create awareness of the historical significance of the Sikh community and its legacy through its exhibits. The exhibition is featuring photo displays of rare art and artifacts of Sikh heritage including Kalgi of Guru Gobind Singh, painting, photographs, and manuscripts.

Guru Gobind Singh gifted his personal belongings, arms, and handwritten manuscripts to his followers, which are preserved as rare collections. His handwritten and signed hukumnamas (commandments) are preserved in museums at Sikh Takhts (Primary Shrines). A strong urge to protect and preserve the Sikh history, its distinct identity and culture was posed. Various Sikh groups made sustained efforts to create a collection of documents and to build a repository that includes clothes, monuments, rare jewelry, ornaments, rare frescoes, tapestries, manuscripts and numismatics associated with the Sikh gurus and emperors.

Katar of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Kirpan of Guru Teg Bahadur Singh Ji
Guru Gobind Singh’s Katar, Size 20”x30” Kirpan of Guru Teg Bahadur Ji
Both Relics are in the collection of the Maharaja of Patiala at Moti Bagh Palace

The photo displays in the exhibits are:

  • Chola (robe) of Guru Nanak Sahib,
  • Personal belongings of Guru Hargobind Sahib,
  • Images of rare manuscripts,
  • Illustrated folios,
  • Hukumnamas (commandments),
  • A beautiful personal Kirpal (scimitar) of Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Breast plate with gold inscription of Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Historic khanda used at the time of the formation of the Khalsa,
  • A bed-sheet of the Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Panchkala Shastra (weapon) of Guru Gobind Singh,
  • A chakki (grindstone) used to grind flour for Guru Gobind Singh,
  • Rare photographs of the collection of artifacts in the Toshakhana of the Golden Temple,
  • A shield from the armies of Maharaja Ranjit Singh,
  • Photographs of valuable relics.

For more information please contact Gurudwara Sahib at 770-931-3490, email: atlanta.gurdwara@gmail.com.

Issued By
Jasminder Kaur
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UNITED SIKHS Welcomes Appointment of Melissa Rogers As New White House Faith Based Director http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/united-sikhs-welcomes-appointment-of-melissa-rogers-as-new-white-house-faith-based-director/ Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:19:22 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1878 Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

New York, NY, March 15, 2013:  UNITED SIKHS  welcomes the appointment of Melissa Rogers as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

“Melissa’s leadership role and  focus on religion and policy will be very helpful while dealing with the advocacy components of faith based groups”  said Gurvinder Singh,  Director UNITED SIKHS.  “We welcome the choice of the President. ”

UNITED SIKHS looks forward to working with Ms. Rogers  to fully realize the potential of government partnerships with religiously-affiliated and community-based organizations and ensuring that basic human needs and social justice are firmly in place.

She previously was executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, a board member of Public Religion Research Institute and the general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs.

Manvinder Singh
Director, UNITED SIKHS
P: 646-315-3909
F: 810-885-4264

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Sikhs Ask Canadian PM to Raise France’s Turban Ban at Meeting with French PM http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/sikhs-ask-canadian-pm-to-raise-frances-turban-ban-at-meeting-with-french-pm/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/sikhs-ask-canadian-pm-to-raise-frances-turban-ban-at-meeting-with-french-pm/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 03:57:36 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1858 Sikhs Ask Canadian PM to Raise France’s Turban Ban at Meeting with French PM . 

Harper Should Raise France’s Turban Ban at Meeting with French Prime Minister: Canadian Liberal Leader.

Highlights:

  • UNITED SIKHS wrote recently to the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, requesting him to raise his objection to the French turban ban during his meeting this week with his counterpart, Jean-Marc Ayrault.
  • Sikhs globally believe that a ban on the turban is a betrayal of France’s motto- Liberté, égalité, fraternité.
  • Canadian Liberal Leader Bob Rae said in a statement today, “If we are to be a defender of rights, we must defend them around the world, including in France. We would encourage Mr. Harper to have a frank and open discussion with his French counterpart on this issue”.
  • Canadian Sikhs have also asked all Canadian Members of National and Provincial Parliaments to release similar statements supporting a Sikh’s right to his turban, urging Mr. Harper to raise this issue with the French PM.
Toronto, Canada: UNITED SIKHS wrote to the Canadian Prime Minister earlier this week asking him to raise his objection to the turban ban in France, during his meeting with his French counterpart, who is currently visiting Canada.

“It is not very often that the people of a nation write directly to their Prime Minister about the threat of their identity in another sovereign state,” UNITED SIKHS’ director, Ranbir Singh, said in the letter to the Canadian Prime Minister.

“Unless France allows Sikhs to wear a turban in schools and on ID documents photographs, the Sikh turban would be deemed to be banned in France, which will be a betrayal of France’s motto – Liberté, égalité, fraternité,” the letter added.
“Globalization in the 21st century has made human rights a border-less right. It is now no longer acceptable to say that we cannot interfere with the ‘internal affairs’ of a sovereign state (France). The precedent was set in the previous century when the world joined the Blacks of South Africa to fight apartheid – an ‘internal affair’ of a sovereign state. Just as the Blacks of South Africa could not remove the color of their skin, Sikhs cannot remove their turban and strip themselves of their identity,” the letter said. You may read the letter in full here.
Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on Stephen Harper’s meeting with French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault:
“France’s decision to ban the wearing of turbans and other religious symbols in identification photos, government schools and public spaces has received international criticism and flies in the face of religious freedom. As a result of this ban, many Sikhs are denied access to employment, public health care and social benefits that require a government identification card. It should be an issue of great concern to this Conservative government and all Canadians.
After the much-publicized launch of Canada’s new Office of Religious Freedoms, today’s meeting is an ideal opportunity for this government to come to the defense of minority rights and walk the walk on religious freedoms. If we are to be a defender of rights, we must defend them around the world, including in France. We would encourage Mr. Harper to have a frank and open discussion with his French counterpart on this issue.”In 2008, UNITED SIKHS’ attorneys filed three cases against the French turban ban in schools and ID photos before the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC).

Victory was achieved at the UNHRC in the cases of both, Bikramjit Singh and Ranjit Singh. We await to hear the outcome of Shingara Singh’s case. If there was any doubt about the legality of France’s action, the eminent jurists of the UNHRC recently pronounced unequivocally that France had violated the human rights of both Bikramjit Singh and Ranjit Singh by denying them their religious right to wear a turban.
However, France has not overturned their ban and continue to enforce it on Bikramjit Singh and Ranjit Singh despite UNHRC’s decision. All Canadian Sikhs, UNITED SIKHS’ team members and the global Sikh community urge and seek the support of the Canadian Government, Leaders of New Democratic Party, Liberal Party of Canada and all Members of the Parliaments to help raise this ban.

Sukhwinder Singh
Director, UNITED SIKHS
Tel: 1-905-672-2245
Fax: 
1-810-885-4264
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unitedsikhs-canada@unitedsikhs.org

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First Sikh American Offers Prayers at the 67th United Nations General Assembly Opening Session http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/first-sikh-american-offers-prayers-at-the-67th-united-nations-general-assembly-opening-session/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/first-sikh-american-offers-prayers-at-the-67th-united-nations-general-assembly-opening-session/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:31:36 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1848

Community Update

First Sikh American Offers Prayers at the 67th United Nations General Assembly Opening Session!

Highlights:

  • Jatinder P. Singh, a Sikh American and an Associate Director, UNITED SIKHS, offers prayers at the 67th United Nations (UN) General Assembly opening session conducted in the General Assembly building of the UN.
  • Over 1500 attendees, including UN President H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremic and leaders from various religious organizations across the globe, joined hands to promote messages of world peace.
  • UNITED SIKHS is the first Sikh UN-DPI affiliated organization and is recognized by the United Nations since December 2007.
  • Click here to see the prayer.

Mar 06, 2013
25th Phagun (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi
New York, USA
:Jatinder P. Singh, a Sikh American and Associate Director, UNITED SIKHS, offered prayers at the United Nations 67th General Assembly opening session. The event, ‘United for a Culture of Peace Through Interfaith Harmony’, was part of the annual World Interfaith Harmony Week. Organized by the Office of the President of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and The Committee of Religious NGOs, this event was held at United Nations General Assembly Hall on February 14th, 2013.

Each participant was allotted a time of thirty seconds for their prayer. Jatinder P. Singh recited excerpts from the Mool Mantar accompanied by a musical piece played by Jon Blond on the flute. The following is an excerpt from Jatinder P. Singh’s prayer:

“Ik Onkaar, Satnaam… In this age of darkness this world is filled with maya, money, and weapons of mass destruction. The only answer to save this world is through prayers in the company of saints.”

Jatinder P. Singh also read the English translation of an excerpt from Sukhmani Sahib (Ashtpadi 7.3).

“In the company of saints all enemies become friends. In the company of saints, man becomes very pure…” He also added, “I truly hope one day, all the countries can get together at the United Nations and just pray for world peace.”

After delivering his prayer, Jatinder P. Singh was approached by members of the UN and other faith groups, who shared how they were moved by the positive and uplifting message of peace.

A flag ceremony followed the prayers. Flags of UN member nations were hoisted with a heart-warming welcome and blessing of peace upon each country.

The UN General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprising of 193 members of the United Nations, it provides a unique platform for multilateral discussions on the international issues covered by the UN Charter.

The event ended with closing statements from Ms. Monica Willard, President of the Committee of Religious NGO’s. There were over 1500 attendees from various organizations including Gail Bindley, UN General; Philippe Kridelka, Director of UNESCO; Ambassador Byrganym Aitimova,Permanent Representative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the United Nations; Reverend Father Mark Arey, Director of Inter-Orthodox group; Ms. Kiran Bali, Chair of the United Religions Initiative Global Council, and H.E. Ambassador T. Hamid Al-Bayati, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations.

Messages of world peace and prayers were offered by various religious organizations including:Tuwe Huni Kuin–Brazilian Amazon Huni Kuin community, Caroline Vasquez–Baha’i International community, Ven. Seong Won–Director, social affairs at Korean Zen Buddhism, Rev. Kathleen Stone–United Methodist Church, Swami Parameshananda–Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Lucy Schmitz–Ethical Culture Society, Apeksha Vora–Member, Anuvrat Global Organization, Rabbi Michael Weisser–Free Synagogue of Flushing, Imam Izak El M. Pasha–Masjid Malcolm Shabazz, and Nina Mistry–Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America.

UNITED SIKHS is humbled to partake in this event where representatives from various countries and religions were able to come together amidst international conflict and share common values of peace and pluralism.

Manmeet Singh
Staff Attorney, International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy (ICHRA)
UNITED SIKHS
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UNITED SIKHS highly recommends ‘My First Sikh Books’-A set of children’s board books designed to empower pre-school to Grade-1 Sikh girls and boys and their peers. http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/united-sikhs-highly-recommends-my-first-sikh-books-a-set-of-childrens-board-books-designed-to-empower-pre-school-to-grade-1-sikh-girls-and-boys-and-their-peers/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2013/03/united-sikhs-highly-recommends-my-first-sikh-books-a-set-of-childrens-board-books-designed-to-empower-pre-school-to-grade-1-sikh-girls-and-boys-and-their-peers/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:04:05 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1841 Atlanta GA: UNITED SIKHS has added My First Sikh Books in its recommendation list for Sikh Awareness Through Libraries (SATL) project. This set is a perfect resource that empowers preschool through Grade 1 children and their peers about the Sikh identity.

My First Sikh Books is a packaged set of two board books: My First Kaur Book and My First Singh Book. These books are designed to instill pride and confidence in young minds, as they leave the comfortable setting of their homes to enter their first classrooms, where they will become aware of their identity for the very first time.This is a much needed resource for little ones entering schools and a must for their classrooms.

  

Two coloring books, a glossary of terms and a brief introduction about Sikhs for the educators are also included in this set. Children will be proud to take this attractive easy to carry case to their “Show and Tell” sessions. The coloring books are a perfect family time activity and a great fit for Sunday Gurmat school sessions.

The message of these books is simple, age relevant and invokes an understanding of basic Sikh principles. The outstanding character illustrations resemble young Sikh children making them comfortable with their Sikh identity.
Reading to young children from the time they are born has proven to be intellectually and emotionally valuable to kids. This set is an excellent first book for a Sikh child to receive as a gift.

Please consider donating this book to your child’s classroom and your local library.

Read what people are saying about ‘My First Sikh Books’:

“I bought these books for my 2 young daughters. The message in the book is STRONG! It shares the Sikh values that I want to teach my 4 and 7 year old girls. My daughters were represented and the author cared enough to include the ‘Kaurs’ instead of only focusing on the ’Singhs.’  My daughters love the coloring books and feel so proud when they show these books to others. It is beautiful to see my older daughter reading the book to my younger daughter. They even read “My First Singh Book” with so much excitement.” – G. Singh (Parent)

“As a 1st grade teacher, I think these books are perfect for the audience they are targeting. I ordered these books a few weeks ago and immediately ordered more to give as gifts. The quality of these books is far better than anything else I have seen made for our community. I also like the fact that the children will be able to relate and connect to the Sikh characters in the book in a positive manner. – P. Chadha (Parent, Teacher)

“I ordered this set for my nephew and niece, ages 4 and 2. They loved them! The books are well written, beautifully illustrated and age-appropriate. They introduce the topic of what it means to be a Sikh in a fun and creative way without being preachy. It is wonderful that Sikh kids can now have characters they can relate to in books.” – M. Kaur (Aunt)

My First Sikh Books are priced at $14.99 + shipping and can be ordered from the website http://www.lohgarh.org  using paypal.

While placing an order please mention UNITED SIKHS – by clicking on “Add Special Instructions to the Seller” section. This will allow the seller to donate a percentage of books under the SATL project of UNITED SIKHS to the local elementary school libraries.

About SATL: Sikh Awareness through Libraries (SATL) aims to improve the availability of information on Sikh culture, history and religion via multimedia resources – books, DVDs, CDs and microfilms. Under the SATL project, these resources will be made available in public and private libraries, including those in schools, universities and other educational institutions, throughout the world. The objective of the project is to reach out to various demographics through multiple media to provide global access to reliable and complete information on Sikhs. Please visit http://unitedsikhs.org/sikhlibrary/ for more information

 

Issued by:
Gurmeet Kaur
Project Coordinator,  SATL
ceed-usa@unitedsikhs.org

 

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UNITED SIKHS, along with other NGOs meets with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to discuss on growing Human Rights concerns http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/11/united-sikhs-along-with-other-ngos-meets-with-un-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-to-discuss-on-growing-human-rights-concerns/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/11/united-sikhs-along-with-other-ngos-meets-with-un-high-commissioner-for-human-rights-to-discuss-on-growing-human-rights-concerns/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:19:36 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1768

October 24th, New York: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay met with over 20 NGOs on  October 24th at the UN Church Center in New York to address the growing human rights concerns  and also shared the updates on OHCHR’s activities. The meeting was moderated by Vice Chair for NGO Committee on Human Rights, Dr. Bobbi Nassar.

The Commissioner gave an overview of the OHCHR’s 2011-2012 activities. This included the workings of the Human Rights Council, the Universal Periodic Review, and, a great increase in the number of instances in which human rights (and the OHCHR) is gaining strength at the UN and in “post-2015 development” discussions. “The growing recognition of the centrality of human rights in the peace, security, development and humanitarian agendas, and trust in OHCHR is very rewarding,” Ms. Pillay noted. However, she warned that financial constraints are limiting the resources required to support her office’s mandated activities.

UNITED SIKHS questioned about the ban of conspicuous symbols such as turbans and headgears in schools and in general(in specific countries)which violate the very essence of human rights. The High Commissioner responded saying that “A faith group and minority have the right to practice and manifest their culture, religion and identity without discrimination and I oppose these principles and standards when I raise these matters with government. They have to find balance to accommodate diversity.”

US will continue advocating for equal rights as enshrined in the charter of UN.

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Learn about How the U.S. Department of State Can Help U.S. Citizens Residing or Traveling Abroad in Personal Crisis (including Victims of Forced Marriage and Crime Abroad). http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/10/learn-about-how-the-u-s-department-of-state-can-help-u-s-citizens-residing-or-traveling-abroad-in-personal-crisis-including-victims-of-forced-marriage-and-crime-abroad/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/10/learn-about-how-the-u-s-department-of-state-can-help-u-s-citizens-residing-or-traveling-abroad-in-personal-crisis-including-victims-of-forced-marriage-and-crime-abroad/#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 17:50:37 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1762 Please join the upcoming national webinar – the first of its kind – which will feature guest presenters from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Overseas Citizens Services who will outline the ways in which they can assist U.S. citizens abroad.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) is responsible for the welfare and protection of U.S. citizens abroad, and for the issuance of passports and other documentation to U.S. citizens and nationals. CA’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services advises and supports U.S. citizens and our embassies and consulates around the world in matters such as forced marriage, crime victim assistance, deaths and estates, arrests, citizenship and nationality, among others. To assist U.S. citizens who may be planning to visit or reside overseas, the Office of Overseas Citizens Services issues consular information sheets, travel warnings and public announcements which informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security.

Please click -https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/460423399 to register for the webinar – space is limited, so sign up soon! Participants are asked to submit questions in advance when they register; webinar log in information will be emailed after you sign up.

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UNITED SIKHS represents Sikh Community at the Annual Event of UN SUB-COMMITTEE FOR THE ELIMINATION OF RACISM http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/10/united-sikhs-participates-in-annual-event-of-un-sub-committee-for-the-elimination-of-racism/ Sun, 21 Oct 2012 05:17:35 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1757 UNITED SIKHS participated and represented Sikh Community at the SACRED SEASON PROGRAM organized by Sub-Committee for the Elimination of Racism on October 18th at Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office in New York. The event invited leaders and speakers from different communities and religions to get together and converse on their views on the topic: THE IMPACT OF RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY AND BELIEFS ON RACISM, MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENT. The event was facilitated by Dr. Bobbi Nassar, Co-Chair Ngo Committee on Human Rights and Mr. Bruce Knotts, Chair Ngo Committee On Human Rights.

Prabhkaran Singh, staff attorney with UNITED SIKHS was one of the speakers and represented Sikh Community at the event. “We as Sikhs believe that there is only one God, the same God for people of all religions. One of the motto of Sikhism and the UNITED SIKHS tag line is to “Recognize the Human Race as One”, essentially a class-less society where racism is not permitted. Every one should be allowed to exercise their right to freedom of movement & and residence within the borders of each state.” said Prabhkaran Singh. Bruce Knots in his closing remarks spoke about the challenges Sikh community has been facing since 9/11 and commended the community for its persistence.

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MEDIA INVITE: 2012 Annual Sikh Summit in Washington DC http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2012/10/media-invite-2012-annual-sikh-summit-in-washington-dc/ Mon, 01 Oct 2012 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1698 UNITED SIKHS Invites the Media for a Press Conference onct 3rd at the Hart Senate Office Building, Outside room 503
Time: From 10:30 am – 11:30am

Join us at the SIKH SUMMIT 2012 – 1st Oct – 3rd Oct

Sikh participants from across the USA are here in DC from Oct 1 – Oct 3 to stop incidents like the Wisconsin tragedy from occurring again. Meetings will be with senate select committee members, legislative-aids/Chief-of-Staff on: Intelligence, Armed Services, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Education and Government Commissions that review violations of Religious Freedom that make policy recommendations to the president, the secretary of State and Congress.

Sikh Summit opening briefing will be today at 8:30am – 9:00am in the conference center of Hotel Harrington (436 11th Street, N.W. (corner of 11th & E Streets, N.W.) Washington, DC 20004-4389. Contact phone: 973-294-5602201-543-8806, 510-504-3374

Bring your issues to your congressman. Write to us at sikhsummit2012@unitedsikhs.org.

Washington DC: UNITED SIKHS invites the media to attend the press conference on Oct 3rd, 10:30am – 11:30am outside of Senator Barbara Mikulski’s office, Room 503, Hart Senate Office Building. This press conference will highlight the achievements and roadmap for the coming years for the Sikh Community within the United States.

Speakers will talk about the achievements and the discussions on issues impacting the Sikh community on-

Hate Crimes and Xenophobia
TSA: Right to Turban at Airports
Employment Discrimination (EEOC)
Other National Security Issues
Bullying Prevention
Census: Recogniztion of Sikhs as Both a Religion and Ethnicity
Religious Accomodation
Freedom of Religion and Belief
Domestic Extremism
Global Human Rights

Issued By:
Manwinder Singh, Director
International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy
UNITED SIKHS
Tel: 1-973-294-5602, 646-688-3525, ;1-888-243-1690
Fax: 1-810-885-4264
Email: unitedsikhs-usa@unitedsikhs.org
http://www.unitedsikhs.org

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