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US Condemns 1984 Anti-Sikh Pogroms, Stops Short of Declaring Genocide

The United States last week stated it condemns the religious-based violence of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms, but stopped short of calling it genocide. The statement came in response to a petition to the White House submitted by Sikhs For Justice last November to declare the pogroms as genocide. Politics and economics have trumped human rights, said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, its legal advisor. The New York-based group is expected to petition the United Nations Commission on Human Rights this November to recognize the November 1984 violence against Sikhs as genocide.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, Apr 04, 2013 | 11:49 PM

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Slug: NotGenocide

House Democrats Ask FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

More than 100 Democratic members of the House of Representatives signed a letter yesterday to the FBI asking it to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arabs.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Mar 22, 2013 | 03:48 PM

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Slug: HouseLetter

The Sikh Caucus

The Sikh Caucus, consisting of like-minded members of Congress who understand the unique issues of the Sikh community, is expected to launch in April. Sikh individuals and advocacy groups will have a platform to disseminate information that may affect policy and legislation. The launch was suddenly delayed from last week, on March 14, in Washington, to garner more support from Congress members and to resolve issues on the involvement of SAALT, a South Asian organization, in this effort.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 | 06:59 PM

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Slug: SikhCaucus

Akal Takhat Committee Condemns Rochester Gurdwara's Kirpan Ban

Panj Jathedars’ Decision Expected This Month

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Saturday, Mar 16, 2013 | 11:35 PM

Words: 1,271

Slug: RochesterCommittee

New Description of Truck That Followed and Shot Florida Sikh

Gurdwara Sets up the Kanwaljit Singh Fund

The vehicle involved in the shooting of Kanwaljit Singh of Port Orange, Florida, is a Chevrolet S-10 or GMC Sonoma-style truck, which differs from the initial description of the larger Ford truck that was circulated earlier, police said. It also has the license plate placed on the right side of the bumper, instead of the center. The police video, published on SikhNN, shows both vehicles drive by. Kanwaljit Singh is recovering at home. The local gurdwara has set up a fund to help the family with its financial burdens.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 | 06:54 PM

Words: 594

Slug: FloridaTruck

Florida Sikh Shot in Possible Hate Crime

A Sikh man was shot twice by an unknown assailant in a Ford F-150 pickup truck as both crossed Port Orange Bridge in Florida late Saturday night in what the FBI is considering as a hate-crime incident. The Kanwaljit Singh, 46, of Port Orange, was transported to a local hospital where he is still recovering. “Waheguru will make it okay,” he told a friend on Wednesday. His 13-year-old son, who was in the passenger seat, was unharmed.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Mar 01, 2013 | 01:42 AM

Words: 911

Slug: PortOrange

Senate Democrats Ask FBI to Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Twenty-six Senate Democrats, led by Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) and Diane Feinstein (D-California), sent a signed letter last week asking Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director Robert Mueller to collect data on hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus and Arabs. A similar letter, led by Rep. Joseph Crawley of New York (D-Jackson Heights, New York), is circulating through the House of Representative. The FBI is expected to make a decision in June.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 | 12:53 AM

Words: 873

Slug: SenateLetter

Arizona Corrections Officer Gets Beard and Kara Accommodation

The Arizona Department of Corrections granted a religious accommodation last month to Ikhbinder Singh Bassin that allows him to keep his unshorn beard and wear a kara while working as a corrections officer.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Monday, Feb 18, 2013 | 11:45 PM

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Slug: ArizonaCorrections

Lt. Murphy Praised in the State of the Union

Lt. Brian Murphy, hero police officer, who took 12 bullets battling Wade Michael Page, the white supremacist who shot six Sikhs at the Oak Creek gurdwara, was surprised to be mentioned in the State of the Union last night, he told SikhNN. The president later told him he intentionally talked about him last because that is what he wanted the American people to be left with.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 | 12:44 AM

Words: 899

Slug: MichelleGuest

Shocking Murder-Suicide of Sikh Family Near Atlanta

Shivinder Singh Grover, 53, killed his wife, Damanjit Kaur, 47, their older son Sartaj, 12, and younger son Gurtej, 5, before committing suicide. What the Johns Creek, Georgia, police department’s report says happened to them on or before Monday morning is contradictory to what the greater Atlanta sangat says was a “devout” and “loving” Sikh family.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Words: 1,033

Slug: JohnsCreek

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