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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’ »

SAFAR Our Journeys Connecting: Our stories, visions & paths

SAFAR

SAFAR
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 http://ourjourneys.eventbrite.com
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Faith Based Organizations Launch Weekend Of Action For Immigration Reforms

Faith Based Organizations Launch Weekend Of Action For Immigration Reforms

Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7018551217#ixzz0pkyzdWni

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.”

Read more: http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7018551217#ixzz0pkycpxbN

Tri State Gurdwaras Meet at Singh Sabha Gurdwara NJ & Decide to Write Sikh in the Census Form

Port Reading New Jersey, 13th March 2010: In a meeting convened by Joga Singh (member of Glenrock Gurdwara Saheb) the present members unanimously decided that the Sikhs should write “SIKH” in the census form for 2010 under the “Some other race” column Continue reading ‘Tri State Gurdwaras Meet at Singh Sabha Gurdwara NJ & Decide to Write Sikh in the Census Form’ »

Census Official confirms that Sikhs should write “Sikh” in Other Category on the Census form

On March 3, 2010, the Atlanta area Sangat organized a Sikh Complete Count Committee (SCCC) meeting with the Census Bureau. Nigel Rajadurai answered the questions that every Sikh has been asking. Here is a transcript of the Q&A session with the Census Officer:

1 On question 9 – can we write in the word ‘SIKH’ in the “Some other race” category? Yes

2 Will the computer reject the form? No

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Identify yourself as “SIKH” in census 2010

UNITED SIKHS, along with other organizations like Sikh Coalition and the South Asian Coalition of organizations, SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) contacted Karem Humes last year to discuss the coding methodology for Census 2010. The letter sent by Ms. Humes in reply stated that even if a person writes in “Sikh” on the census form, the person would be automatically counted as “Asian Indian.”

However, after receipt of the letter, UNITED SIKHS did not drop the issue. It is important that the Sikh community together join hands to advocate for this cause. And dropping the issue does not help. Continue reading ‘Identify yourself as “SIKH” in census 2010’ »

Volunteers Needed: Sikhs commemorating the victims of 9/11, war and terror with Multifaith Leaders

Manhattan, New York:  A traditional Japanese floating lanterns ceremony commemorating the victims of the WTC tragedy will take place on Friday, September 11 at Pier 40 (south side) led by Rev. T.K. Nakagaki of the New York Buddhist Church with the assistance of the Interfaith Center of New York. All are invited to attend.

Friday, September 11, 2009  6pm – 9pm;
South Side of Pier 40 (W. Houston St. & West Street);
Subway: #1 to Houston Street

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Victory for Sikhs in South Carolina

A few months ago, UNITED SIKHS was approached by one of our volunteers in South Carolina, Jagmeet Singh, about a problem he was facing at the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. He was requested to remove his turban to obtain his driver’s license, and they refused. You can read more about it here. UNITED SIKHS Legal Team wrote a letter to the South Carolina authorities, and we are happy to report that we’ve heard back from Jagmeet Singh. Earlier today, Jagmeet wrote to us, “I went to renew my SC Driver’s license today. I did not face any trouble. It was very smooth process. Last time DMV employees asked me to remove daastar to take picture and then UNITED SIKHS contacted SC authorities.”