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Sikhs Killed in USA Terror Attack on Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship)

Sikhs Killed in USA Terror Attack on Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship)

Dr Harcharan Gill, who was at the scene said, “The police response was quick but the paramedic team waited for almost two hours to go inside the Gurdwara building,  sensing the possibility of of another shooter, which was not the case. The community is in deep shock, we never thought that this could have happened with us.” Continue reading ‘Sikhs Killed in USA Terror Attack on Sikh Gurdwara (place of worship)’ »

Action Alert: Support the End Racial Profiling Act

April 17, 2012 – Today, Senator Dick Durbin, Chairman of the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Subcommittee in the Senate Judiciary Committee, has convened the first  Senate hearing on racial profiling since September 11th. Over the past ten years, South Asian, Muslim, Sikh and Arab communities living in the United States have been targeted for heightened scrutiny by law enforcement based on their religion, ethnicity, national origin, or nationality. Examples include frequent searches by airport security and border inspection officers, mandatory registration of certain male nationals from predominantly Muslim-majority countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, under the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program, and targeted surveillance of South Asian places of worship by federal and local law enforcement. In a statement for the record submitted for the Senate hearing,SAALT underscored the ongoing harmful effects of profiling on South Asian community members.  Continue reading ‘Action Alert: Support the End Racial Profiling Act’ »

No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights

No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights“The UN exists to serve those in whose name it was conceived … “WE THE PEOPLES”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

HIGH-LEVEL panel discussion

 “Stopping reprisals for cooperating with the UN in the field of human rights – a priority for all”

FRIDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2011, 13:00 – 15:00 Continue reading ‘No one should be punished for seeking UN help to defend human rights’ »

Reward in Sikh killings case in Elk Grove grows to $57,000

   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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SAFAR Our Journeys Connecting: Our stories, visions & paths


Our Journeys
Connecting: Our stories, visions & paths

OISE,  University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Canada


Join academics, community members and organizers  from across North America at “Our Journeys” as we bring to light the high caliber of research being carried out to explore and openly discuss collective past, present and future of geneder equality.
Conference is open to all & Registration is FREE or PWYC.  All attendees must register online at
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Faith Based Organizations Launch Weekend Of Action For Immigration Reforms

Faith Based Organizations Launch Weekend Of Action For Immigration Reforms

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April 29, 2010 5:58 p.m. EST
Topics: politics, migration, values, ethics, minority group, national or ethnic minority, social issue, religion and belief, United States
Tejinder Singh – AHN News Correspondent
Washington, DC, United States (AHN) – People of various faith voiced their support for immigration reforms on Thursday in a tele-conference call with journalists, kick-starting a weekend of action in communities from coast to coast, calling for comprehensive reform, according to Kristin Williams representing Faith in Public Life.

FPL, a strategy center for the faith community, working on issues of justice, compassion and the common good, said in a statement, after organizing the call with journalists, “the Arizona law demonstrates the immediate and severe consequences of failing to fix our broken immigration system.”

“The Arizona law and the outpouring of condemnation from the faith community underscores the urgency of enacting humane, comprehensive immigration reform,” said Jen Smyers, Associate for Immigration and Refugee Policy at Church World Service, adding during the call, “We are praying, protesting, and standing in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters to push Congress to enact humane immigration reform before August recess.”

Bishop Minerva Carcaño of the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church aptly put the sentiments of immigrants in perspective saying, “They fear that they will be stopped for being brown, that their immigrant parents will be deported, that their families will be separated and trampled by a rampant hatred that is out of control in Arizona.”

The faith community’s support for Arizona’s immigrant community and comprehensive immigration reform united people of faith from across the religious and ideological spectrum in a historic call for justice.

“As evangelical Christians, we like to believe we would have stood against slavery, we would have advocated for women’s suffrage, and we would have marched in Selma with Dr. King,” said Rev. Troy Jackson of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, OH.

“The law passed in Arizona tramples on the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. This law only serves to highlight the sore need for fair and just immigration reform at the federal level,” said Jaspreet Singh, Staff Attorney United Sikhs, in New York.

United Sikhs urged “all people and faith communities,” to fight against “any policy that relies on profiling or arbitrary means to override basic and fundamental constitutional freedoms.”

The church attendance would also largely get affected as Yvonne Diaz, of Iglesia Menonita Hispana said in a statement, “On Sunday my church will hold a vigil in support of immigration reform, but fear of racial profiling and harassment will prevent many in the Latino community from attending.”

Different community leaders in one voice reiterated that reform will not only keep families together and protect “both our values and interests as a nation, “but will also preclude the possibility of more states passing discriminatory immigration laws that create climates of suspicion and fear and do little to fix the “underlying problems with our broken system.”

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There’s still time…so fill out and mail back your census form TODAY!

There’s still time…so fill out and mail back your census form TODAY!

  • If you have not received a census form in the mail, or think you were left off your household’s census form, you can pick up a Be Counted form to ensure you are counted.
  • Be Counted forms, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian, can be picked up in nearly 39,000 community locations nationwide and mailed back in the attached postage-paid envelope.
  • Don’t forget to write in Sikh under “Other Race” in Question No.9 if you want to identify yourself as a Sikh and support getting Sikhs counted in the 2010 Census!
  • Call UNITED SIKHS if you have any questions or concerns! 1-888-243-1690

LA celebrates Vaisakhi 2010: Special emphasis on counting Sikhs correctly in Census

The City of Los Angeles and the Sikh community of Southern California came together to celebrate 311 years of formation of the Khalsa on April 4, 2010. For this years celebration, the main focus was on census 2010 and the campaign of getting a separate count for Sikhs in future Census products.

Jesse Singh, a resident of San Diego, who as been a front runner in this campaign for more than 6 months now spoke at the event and said, “Statistics tells a lot about a communities history over time, trends, enumeration – the actual amount of Sikhs living in the U.S – this alone transcends into other statistics like commerce data – jobs, employment discrimination, mentioning of Sikhs in American textbooks on a national platform, it brings awareness to the Sikh community by non-Sikhs.”

Jesse especially thanked UNITED SIKHS and their legal team for their efforts in the past for “taking the bull by the horns”. Jesse Singh with Bibi Ji, Yogi Bhajan Ji's wife, and Jagjit Singh

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USCIS releases list of special benefits available to Chilean Nationals in the light of the natural disaster

Washington DC, 14th March 2010: Following the massive earthquake that destroyed Chile and has affected millions, the USCIS released a list of benefits that are available to Chilean Nationals upon request.

Temporary relief measures available to nationals of Chile may include: Continue reading ‘USCIS releases list of special benefits available to Chilean Nationals in the light of the natural disaster’ »

Census Bureau responds to the Sikh Petition

Washington DC, March 13th, 2010: Finally, after a month of waiting, UNITED SIKHS received the first response  from the Census Bureau to the Petition submitted by them to the Office of Management and Budget and the Census Bureau.

In the response, the Bureau said, “With Census Day less than one month away, it is too late to change our procedure for classifying “Sikh” responses to the 2010 Census question on race, without extreme cost and risk to Census Bureau operations. Beyond the 2010 Census, we will consider changes to the processing of the term “Sikh” when it is provided in response to the question on race.” Continue reading ‘Census Bureau responds to the Sikh Petition’ »