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Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast

Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast
Aug 31st, 2012, 16th Bhadon (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi

Highlights

• UNITED SIKHS is looking for volunteers to assist victims of Hurricane Isaac
• Thousands of people have been rendered homeless, thousands are without power,  thousands are surviving with little or none to eat. Please help us make a substantive change and donate generously to the UNITED SIKHS Hurricane Isaac Relief Fund.
• Hurricane and storm warnings stretch across Louisiana , Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.  New Orleans residents note unexpected flooding patterns
• UNITED SIKHS – UMEED sets up Disaster Support Helpline for victims of Issac at 1-855-878-6333

New Orleans, Lousiana:  President Barack Obama has declared federal emergencies for Louisiana and Mississippi as Hurricane Isaac has left hundreds of thousands without power and its path of devastation has left many stranded. UNITED SIKHS Emergency Response Team (US-ERT) encourages everyone in the affected regions to take the necessary precautions and prepare for local flooding as fallen trees and debris are causing property damage and power outages. UNITED SIKHS is working with governmental agencies to assist with the response and recovery. For information on what to do in case a Hurricane strikes visit http://ready.gov/hurricanes. Continue reading ‘Thousands Evacuated as Hurricane Isaac engulfs Louisiana and the Gulf Coast’ »

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

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Aug 29th, 2012 14th Bhadon (Samvat 544 Nanakshahi)
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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

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

 

Issued By:

 Manvinder Singh,

Director International Civil and Human Rights Advocacy

UNITED SIKHS

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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.

Brutal beating of a 72 year old Sikh man in NJ, followed by arrest for keeping Kirpan, an article of Sikh faith

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Aug 23rd, 2012
8th Bhadon (Samvat 543 Nanakshahi)
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Brutal beating of a 72 year old Sikh man in NJ, followed by arrest for keeping Kirpan, an article of Sikh faithPaterson, New Jersey: 72 year old Avtar Singh, a gas station owner and one of the founding members of Glen Rock Gurdwara in New Jersey, was brutally beaten by his neighbor, Edward Koscovski, who owns a car business in Paterson (New Jersey) and shares a common driveway with Avtar Singh.

           
Bhai Avtar Singh, 72 year old man, founding member of the Glenrock Gurdwara in New Jersey Site where the incident took place in Paterson, New Jersey

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CHARDI KALA: DISPATCHES FROM WISCONSIN – “Glowing Legacy”

“A GLOWING LEGACY”

“Babaji, wake up and open your eyes. Look, Dr. Sidhu has come over to visit you all the way from California. The entire sangat is waiting anxiously to hear a Katha from you.”

Raghuvinder Singh, Babaji Punjab Singh’s son, uttered these words as he held his hand. Babaji Punjab Singh, is a Katha-wachak and was present at the Wisconsin Gurdwara in that capacity when he was shot in the head. He remains in critical condition. 

My first interaction with both the sons, Raghuvinder Singh and Jaspreet Singh, had been over a phone call from California. I had helped interpret during a medical team meeting. Now, as I held Babaji’ hand, I could feel the love from everyone surrounding him.

As he massaged his father’s legs, Raghuvinder started telling me about the glowing legacy Babaji had created with his work. “Babaji always knew that spreading Waheguru’s message through Katha, was his calling. He took an early retirement from the Indian army so he could devote all to this work…. and he never looked back. He was a very patient and caring father and grandfather. My daughter misses him dearly and wants to be here with him.”

With Shabad playing in the background, I learned about the love and wisdom exuding from Babaji. He not only preached about living a good life, but he also made sure to incorporate healthy habits in his life as well. Babaji made his own meals, which mostly comprised of steamed vegetables and whole grain meals. He would get up early in the morning and walk eight miles. Raghuvinder smiles softly as he says, “ we were younger but we both had difficulty keeping pace with him. His face always exuded a glow.”

Upon being notified of the shooting, the sons immediately travelled to the United States to be by their fathers sideand to give him strength. Their mother, Mataji Kulwant Kaur, was unable to travel immediately because of her health. The UNITED SIKHS team in India met with her and gave her a cheque of Rs 50,000. Additionally, UNITED SIKHS representatives called upon the US ambassador in India to expedite the processing of her visa application. She arrived the day of my visit.

Mataji reminded me of my grandmother, as she sat on the ground with me talking about Babaji. “He called me the night before, I asked him to come back because my health was failing. He reminded me of his life’s purpose and promised he would be back when he was done with his work here. He told me to stay strong and take care of the family, especially making sure my pregnant daughter-in-law gets healthy food on time and is well taken care of. It was almost as if he was giving me instructions.”
As I hugged Mataji, I looked up at the sons who were looking tenderly at their mother. I felt peace in my heart, feeling the love, caring, and strength within the family. I ask all of you to keep this and all the families in your thoughts and prayers. May Waheguru bless everyone with peace and love.

– Dr. Seema Kaur, Regional Director, UNITED SIKHS

Wisconsin Sikh Community shattered – Another Sikh Man Shot and Killed

17th Aug, 2012, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The Sikh Community has not yet recovered from the tragic shooting on Aug 5th, 2012 at Oak Creek Gurdwara sahib, when the news of another shooting shattered the community. Dalbir Singh, 56, was shot and killed on Wednesday night while closing his store at north-side neighborhood market in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
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REAL PEOPLE, REAL PAIN, REAL SEVA

Date: 18th August, 2012 | 3rd Bhadon (Samvat 543 Nanakshahi)

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin: “I lost my only support when I lost my husband. We keep remembering him and crying all day. I do not know how I will live the rest of my life,” these are the touching words of the wife of Seeta Singh, a Sikh who lost his life on August 5th, 2012  in the fatal shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. His family was everything for him.

These anguish filled words mobilized the UNITED SIKHS team to visit their families in India and give them immediate monetary aid to help with their daily expenses. Rs 50,000 each has been given to the families of Bhai Seeta Singh, Bhai Ranjit Singh and Sardar Punjab Singh.
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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.”

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)’ »

UNITED SIKHS participates at the INTERFAITH VIGIL at the UN Church

New York,USA : UNITED SIKHS participated at the Interfaith Vigil for the United Nations Negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty on 26th July at the Church Center for the United Nations. The evening brought together leaders, scholars and representatives of different religions and faiths across the world to pray and advocate for a strong and binding Arms Trade Treaty.

The United States and 192 other countries are nearing the end of negotiations at the United Nations on a global treaty aimed at
controlling the trade in conventional weapons. The estimated $60 billion international arms trade is unregulated, though countries including the U.S. have their own rules on exports.

Representatives of different traditions collaborated and read prayers to support the desire for real transformation from violent conflict to restoring of communities and reconciling of relationships. Jasminder Kaur, a UNITED SIKHS volunteer, read an excerpt from the Sikh’s Holy Scripture Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji along with its English translation to mark the representation of Sikh faith towards this cause.

The event concluded with  everyone lighting a candle in the hope for a positive outcome at ATT negotiations .

Link to the prayer video :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_22-RoZG5c&feature=channel&list=UL

English translation : – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APeqZtmR3xU&feature=channel&list=UL

 

Sept 16th – Palo Alto : SUPPORT FAMILIES, SAVE LIVES with UMEED, Join SEVA IN MOTION – UNITED SIKHS Walk-Run-Bike Event

MARK THE DATE : SEPTEMBER 16th – PALO ALTO downtown for SEVA IN MOTION – UNITED SIKHS Walk-Run-Bike Event
Join us to SUPPORT FAMILIES & SAVE LIVES with UMEED-UNITED SIKHS National Family Resource Center. Your support will help expand services to our community including Counseling for Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse, Senior Care Support Services, Youth Leadership Training Program, Bullying Prevention Interventions and After School Academic Programs. We greatly appreciate your time and support of our efforts!
– UMEED Team
To support and donate see information in link below….

SEVA IN MOTION – UNITED SIKHS WALK-RUN-BIKE EVENT -https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1TMXVc5t0p4e5ZmSt4kADVz-0aPzbGQua1p1nPCgTMFg