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California Schools Curriculum to Include Sikh Information

Budget Crisis May Delay New Textbooks

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this month an education bill to complete a new history and social studies framework for public schools that includes teaching about the religion, history and culture of its Sikh immigrants. Once the curriculum framework is adopted by the education board, supplemental materials will immediately become available to all schools for use in classes, possibly by 2014, said State Sen. Loni Hancock. Publishers will begin revision of text books. But the schools’ ability to purchase text books will be determined in November when the state votes on the governor’s tax initiative.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Sep 28, 2012 | 01:55 PM

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Surprise Right at the Hate Crimes Hearing

In a room full of Sikhs, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, engaged New York University Prof. James Jacobs in a debate on the merits of hate crimes laws. Sitting next to Harpreet Singh Saini, son of Wisconsin gurdwara shooting victim, Paramjit Kaur, Jacobs testified that bias laws were “unnecessary” and “divisive.” Amardeep Singh, programs director at the Sikh Coalition, later said the professor’s views “missed the boat.”

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012 | 10:47 PM

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Revised Sikh Cultural Training for Law Enforcement

Law enforcement personnel at the federal, state and local levels, will use a more streamlined training packet on Sikhs with revisions mostly to its print content, SALDEF said.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 | 03:18 PM

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Justice and FBI to Consider Tracking Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Decision Expected in October

The government will consider collecting statistics on hate crimes against Sikhs, a justice department official said yesterday at a Senate committee hearing. The announcement came ahead of a graphic and emotional testimony from Harpreet Singh Saini’s, whose mother, Paramjit Kaur, was killed by a white supremacist last month at the Wisconsin gurdwara. He and others pressed officials to track crimes against Sikhs to better understand and address the issue.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Sep 21, 2012 | 03:04 AM

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Sikhs Initiated California’s Employment Law

Initiated by the Sikh community, California on Saturday passed the most comprehensive employment rights law that puts the burden of proof on employers to specify their economic hardship in denying religious accommodations. And, unlike any other state, California employers cannot use segregation – hiding a religiously observant employee from the public - as a means of accommodation. The law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, and will benefit Sikhs and nearly two million members of other minority religions in the state.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 | 09:31 PM

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An Historic Invocation

Ishwar Singh, president of Gurdwara Sikh Society of Central Florida, delivered the first Sikh invocation last week at the Republication National Convention in Tampa. With little time to prepare and last-minute changes by party officials, the speech was not the best it could have been, but it brought Sikhs into the limelight, experts said.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Monday, Sep 10, 2012 | 04:41 PM

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First Lady Visits Families of Wisconsin Gurdwara Shooting Victims

By: Sikh News Network

Dated: Friday, Aug 24, 2012 | 01:20 AM

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Wisconsin Gurdwara Opens, Memorial Service Today

Many public officials are expected to speak at the memorial services for the Wisconsin gurdwara victims, which began this morning at 9:00 Central time.

By: Anju Kaur

Dated: Friday, Aug 10, 2012 | 12:16 PM

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President Obama's Call with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Readout of President Obama's call yesterday with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Wisconsin gurdwara tragedy.

By: Sikh News Network

Dated: Thursday, Aug 09, 2012 | 10:34 PM

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President Orders Flag at Half-Staff

President Obama signed a proclamation today to fly the flag at half-staff in honor of the victims of the Oak Creek gurdwara tragedy.

By: Sikh News Network

Dated: Monday, Aug 06, 2012 | 09:54 PM

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