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Allow Sikh Officers the Right to Maintain their Turbans and Beards- Sign the petition!

29th Sep 2012  | 15th Assu (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi)

Allow Sikh Officers the Right to Maintain their Turbans and Beards- Sign the petition!

Highlights

  • UNITED SIKHS co-sponsors the petition with Comptroller Liu for NYPD to Reform Religious Garb Policy supported by Sikh Gurdwaras of NYC, Sikh Organizations and activists.
  • The petition can be found at http://comptroller.nyc.gov/sikh/

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Explore the aesthetic and expressive traditions within Sikhism this fall at Hofstra University

Hofstra University and the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Chair in Sikh Studies invites you to a conference on the  literary and  visual cultures within, or pertaining to,  Sikh traditions both in Panjabi and Diasporic contexts. The conference will be held from Oct 19-21, 2012 at Hofstra University.

For more information and registration, please visit:

http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/REL/SIKH/sikh_literature_fall12.html

For inquiries please contact Mehwish Shafi : mehwishafi91@gmail.com

Poster 1 Two Talks 8.5×11

Poster 2 Two Talks in Conf 8.5×11

Poster 3 All 11×17

Interfaith, in collaboration with UNITED SIKHS organizes Unity Walk 911 in New York City

UNITED SIKHS participated in the Unity Walk 911 NYC on September 9th held in New York City. The 9/11 Unity Walk is an event that strives to involve members of our mutual religious communities in this building up of understanding and cooperation between religious traditions and faiths. The Unity Walks have occurred for many years in Washington D.C, New York City, and other US communities.

People from different faiths and communities gathered and walked from Washington Square Park , visiting several religious communities along its path, and concluded at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church at Barclay St, adjoining the WTC site. There were Ribbons of Hope Banners at the Church and every participant contributed by signing one with a message on peace and harmony.

“It was indeed a very touching experience to be invited by Broome St. Temple to speak at their place of Worship. This truly signifies how we all stand in unity today” said Jasminder Kaur, Project Manager at UNITED SIKHS, one of the sponsors for the event.

Vigil for Tolerance at Stony Brook University

A vigil for Tolerance was organized at the Stony Brook University Wang Center where students, community members and interfaith people came together to pray for the victims of shooting massacare at Wisconsin Sikh Temple and Missouri Mosque Burning. Condolences were shared by the presidents of the different faith based student associations and other prominent speakers.

There was a candlelight procession to  the Academic Mall Fountain within the University campus and Sikh hyms were sung by Community Members. People from all faiths wrote their messages on the “I pledge against hate crime” banner which will be send to Wisconsin to share the messages with the families of the victims and community at large “It is important that we continue the work in Wisconsin as well as pledge for campaign against Hate Crime in every state in US and every major city in the world.” Said mankanwal Singh, Director UNITED SIKHS.

UNITED SIKHS continues to support the lives of those impacted directly and is also assisting the trauma victims on the ground through their national hotline number: 1-855-US-UMEED.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/weimaxwei/sets/72157631310196090/

A Call to all Sikh Organizations- November is the Sikh Cultural Awareness month

UNITED SIKHS
Aug 29th, 2012 14th Bhadon (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi)
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Press Release
A Call to all Sikh Organizations- November is the Sikh Cultural Awareness month 

San Francisco, California: California Legislature has unanimously approved Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 181 (California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month) declaring the month of November as California Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation month. Introduced on August 2, 2010 by Assembly Member Daniel R. Logue at the request of Marysville-Yuba City Sikh community, it serves to honor one of the state’s notable and accomplished communities.

UNITED SIKHS thanks the State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson, who has notified districts about the opportunity to assemble materials to assist in educating all communities about the Sikh faith. UNITED SIKHS is assisting the districts in providing the materials that promote awareness and education about The Sikh faith.

To accomplish the community education UNITED SIKHS team asks the following of you:

1) Urges all organizations to reach out to their state assemblymen, asking them to visit their Gurdwaras and listen to the concerns that Sikhs have. We will be assisting the Gurdwaras with the invites and will present a memorandum that highlights the key issues impacting the Sikhs.

2) A UNITED SIKHS leadership training summit will be held in November for the youth to receive training in Advocacy, Emergency preparedness and Community activism. Please write to sikhleader@unitedsikhs.org if you would like to attend or volunteer for the leadership summit.

3) UNITED SIKHS volunteers will visit schools to talk about bullying and increase awareness of who the Sikhs are. To have a UNITED SIKHS representative visit your school, please write to sikhawareness@unitedsikhs.org. If you intend to visit the school yourself to conduct an awareness training, we request you to attend an “Awareness Training Session” by writing to sikhawarenesstraining@unitedsikhs.org.
The Sikh Gurdwara shooting in Wisconcin shook the Sikh community and shocked the world. In memory of those who lost their lives to this senseless act of hate, let us turn this tragedy into an opportunity to spread the word about “Sikh Identity” and spread the message to stop the hate and spread the love amongst all communities.

You or your organization can Pledge against Hate Crime by joining the “I Pledge Against Hate Crime Campaign “by clicking here .

UNITED SIKHS also asks all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly and report any racially biased incidents to them. If you feel you have been a target of a bias based crime/ incident, please report it here

Please continue to support our work by making your tax deductible donation today by clicking here

To reach the UNITED SIKHS office nearest you, click here.

 

Issued By:

 Manvinder Singh,

Director International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy

UNITED SIKHS

Tel: 1-646-688-3525;1-888-243-1690 http://www.unitedsikhs.org

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Won’t You Help the Fight to Fight for Your Rights ? Donate to the UNITED SIKHS Hate Crime Fund to assist the Victims If you feel you have been a target of a bias based crime/ incident, please report it here
I Pledge Against Hate Crime!

 

UNITED SIKHS as always  asks you to practise your faith freely and without any fear.
You can contact UNITED SIKHS at a  location near you at the URL- http://unitedsikhs.org/contact.php
OUR MISSION

To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.

UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues – whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.

UNITED SIKHS is a coalition of organisations and individuals, who share a common vision based on the belief that there is no greater endeavour than to serve, empower and uplift fellow beings. The core of our philosophy is an unwavering commitment to civic service and social progress on behalf of the common good.

Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.

We at UNITED SIKHS believe that the development of enlightened and progressive societies can be made possible by socially conscious groups of people who make a commitment to develop and direct human potential. Our work, efforts and achievements stand as a testament to our faith in this vision.

BAY AREA FAITH LEADERS RESPOND TO SIKH CRISIS

The San Francisco Bay Area faith community adds its condolences to the American Sikh community. We are repelled and saddened by the senseless act of violence against our Sikh brothers and sisters. 

Violence against any religious community is an act of violence against all of us. We stand together in supporting religious freedom and the Constitution of the United States. 

San Francisco Interfaith Council

Rita R. Semel, Chair

Michael G. Pappas, M.Div., Executive Director

Archdiocese of San Francisco

Most Rev. George Niederauer, Archbishop ofSan   Francisco

Board of Rabbis of Northern California

Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director

Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center

Sister Chandru Desai, Director

Episcopal Diocese of California

Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus, Bishop

Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco

His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos ofSan   Francisco

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Rev. Susan Strouse, President

Sierra Pacific Synod, ELCA

Mark W. Holmerud, Bishop

United Muslims of America 

Iftekhar Hai, President

United Religions Initiative

Rt. Rev. William Swing, President

Inter-faith Vigil at NYC

More than 1000 people from different faiths and communities gathered at the Union Square Park, New York to participate at the Interfaith Vigil organized by the Sikh Community of New York City. The vigil was organized to commemorate the killings that took place in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on 5th August, 2012.

In light of the tragic shootings that took place at the Sikh Gurdwara (temple) in Milwaukee an Interfaith candle light vigil and Ardaas (prayer) was organised and some prominent faith leaders, government reps participated and shared their condolences with the community. Different Sikh oranizations and associations such as UNITED SIKHS, Manhattan Sikh Association and Sikh Coalition etc. participated and helped everyone understand the basics of sikhism  by distributing the pamphlets of “Who are the Sikhs”

Sikhs killed in USA Terror Attack on Sikh Gurdwara at Wisconsin

 

The ISC strongly condemns the shooting of innocent Sikhs attending prayer serviceat a Gurdwara, which is a sacred place of worship in the Milwaukee Subarb of Oak Creek. This is indeed very disturbing and tragic news for all Sikhsworldwide particularly in Punjab and India.

We call on the Sikh Community to be vigilant and step up security in their own areas as per their assessment. We compliment President Obama for expressing personal pain and regret but we strongly feel that too many such incidents in the USA dictatethe need to take more concrete steps to eliminate such wanton violence in the future.

We appeal to the Indian Govt to give deep thought to this very disturbing trend inthe USA and take appropriate measures to ensure protection of minorities by theUS Govt.

Issued by:

Lt. Gen K S Gill, PVSM (Retd)

Secretary General

ISC

The Interfaith Center of New York and UNITED SIKHS Join Religious and Interfaith Leaders To Invite You To Attend a Vigil Organized By The Sikh Community in New York City

The Interfaith Center of New York and UNITED SIKHS Join Religious and Interfaith Leaders To Invite You To Attend a Vigil Organized By The Sikh Community in New York City

The effort is part of a nationwide coordinated remembrance for the victims and the wounded of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Sikh Gurudwara massacre and their families.

Wednesday, August 8 2012 7:30 PM  Union Square Park, North End Near Broadway at 17th Street New York, NY

Please adhere to these guidelines:

– NO Amplified sound (this includes megaphones)

– NO Wax Candles (we will use electronic ones)

– NO Food (Bottled water is alright)

 

For more information contact: Jasminder Kaur jasminder.kaur@unitedsikhs.org

Prayers and condolences for victims of Wisconsin Sikh Temple attack

People from diiferent faiths and parts of the world make thier way through prayers and condolences for the victims of Wisconsin Sikh Temple attack

Gur Fateh!

I condemn this barbaric act of violence and atrocities against Gur Sikhs who were carrying out the blessed good deed of Sewa at the Gurdwara in various forms. I wholeheartedly wish to express my sincere condolences to the families, relations and friends and the Sikh community across the globe for this despicable act. Wahe Guru bless the soul of the martyrs and give strength to the families, relatives and friends to accept this unfortunate incident and come to terms with it.

 

My gratitude goes to the honorable president Mr. Barak Obama of the United States of America for the wonderful and humane action on ordering the flags to be flown at half mast and expressing his concerns and feeling for the Sikh community of USA.

 

May I also congratulate the officer who very bravely confronted and shot the suspect and unfortunately sustained severe injuries himself. I pray to Wahe Guru for the officer’s speedy recovery. I am ex- Metropolitan Police Service personnel from London and I am fully aware of the dangers the officers have to face in their line of duty in protecting the law abiding citizens. My sympathies also go to the families of the brave officer. (I am not sure if my message can be conveyed to the officer and his family please).

 

May WaheGuru bless United Sikhs of USA with success and long life in carrying out the good deed for the communities not in the USA but across the globe. 

 

Good luck and keep up the wonderful work.  

 

Kind Regards.

 

Harjinder Singh (Retired Strategic Diversity Consultant/Advisor Metropolitan Police Service)

 

As The Peace Islands Institute, we were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. This is not only an act of extreme violence; it is also an act of evil.  Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. Our prayers and condolences go out to those killed and injured, and we share the grief of everyone affected by this senseless event.

Sincerely,
Peace Islands Institue

On behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury and on my own behalf, I want to assure our Sikh friends and colleagues of our prayers following the devastating attack on the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  At such a time, it becomes all the more important that religious groups work together to overcome all cultural forms that promote racial and ethnic hatred. We mourn the death of the Sikh victims, including the temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka, and I invite Christian churches and Sikh Gurdwaras to work together with inter religious groups to hold vigils and pray for the families involved.

Over the last decade, the religious communities in this country have worked very hard to develop meaningful and mutually supportive relationships. I hope that the Sikh community will feel that they are held in our prayers and that we can work together to prevent anything similar from happening again.

With my warm good wishes,

Toby

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The Revd Dr Toby Howarth

Secretary for Inter Religious Affairs to the Archbishop of Canterbury and National Inter Religious Affairs Adviser for the Church of England

 

As family members of those lost in the attacks of 9/11/2001, we mourn with those who lost family members and dear friends last Sunday in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Once again, we are compelled to reach out to those who have suffered directly such horrific violence.  We extend our friendship, our love and our solidarity with the entire Sikh community as we move forward from this day. We are with you in spirit, and should we be of assistance in any additional way, we are a phone call away.

With respect,

Colleen Kelly September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows

My heart goes out to my Sikh brothers and sisters, and I wish you strength and support in your grieving and healing processes. Please let me know if there is a piece I can help with; the Sikh community has always been so generous and compassionate, God bless them.

– Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LCSW, Rabbinic Director,NCJH & NYJHC,JBFCS

In my attempt to find global Sikh organisations to contact, you were the first I came across. I would just like to express my upmost sadness and dismay at the shooting which took place in  a temple in Wisconsin and resulted in the deaths of 6 innocent Sikh worshippers. Speaking for us Muslims, we have suffered much discrimination and abuse since the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the resultant war on terror and I have much empathy for the Sikh brothers and sisters to whom this abuse has often been deflected as a result of the hatred and ignorance of certain groups and individuals.

At these times, I believe that it is absolutely essential that members of both religious faiths unite and condemn this act of barbarism as a single body for only through a united front do we have a chance of facing down those who wish to persecute us. Gone are the days before partition when Muslims and Sikhs existed in almost equal numbers and in harmony in cities such as Lahore and Amristar and yet it is more important than ever at times like that that unity and friendship be replicated.

 – From a concerned British Muslim.

We strongly condemn the dastardly, cowardice, mad act against the sikh community in oak creek,

We offer our ardass for the peace of soul of those innocent devotees killed in mad  and meaningless shootout. Also waheguru give courage to the families to face the loss. It is extremely sad,

The sikh community there needs to be alert and appropriately prepared to protect themselves and attacks on gurudwaras, where the message of universal brotherhood and love is imparted.

Hukum te Bhana wahegurujee da,

– Sincere regards, Jatinderpal Singh Uppal Nagpur India

Mark Paul Arabo,  President & CEO, Neighborhood Market Association –  “On behalf of our 2,000 members and 21,000 employees in CA, AZ, and NV; we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences.  We are deeply saddened by the despicable acts of the shooting today at the Wisconsin Sikh temple.  We hope the law enforcement community catch these criminals who have caused this pain and justice is served.  We also hope and pray the Sikh community at large will start the healing process and this tragedy will bring everyone closer as one unit. You are all in my prayers and if there is anything we could do to support the Sikh community, please let me know.  I stand in solidarity with all of you”

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President,New York Board of Rabbis – “When will these tragic senseless shootings stop? Our prayers are with victims and families. We will stand with all of you in a demonstration of spiritual solidarity.”