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The Sikh Coalition News
May 10, 2013
  • Fresno Community Comes Together to Support Piara Singh

    May 10, 2013 (Fremont, California) - Over the last few days, the Fresno community has come together to show support for Mr. Piara Singh, the 82 year old Sikh man who was brutally attacked during his early morning walk home from his local Gurdwara.

    Earlier this week, Sikh Coalition staff members visited Mr. Singh in the hospital and spoke with family members to assess immediate and long-term needs.

    In addition, the Sikh Coalition attended a community forum and press conference, organized by local community members at the Fresno Nanaksar Gurdwara, for a discussion of the investigation into the attack on Piara Singh. The press conference included impacted family members, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the FBI. The community forum and press conference provided an opportunity for community members to engage directly with the police department and U.S. Attorney’s office in a question and answer session.

    Watch: Video of Fresno Press Conference
    Read: Fresno Bee Op/Ed

    The Sikh Coalition is working closely with Mr. Piara Singh’s family to organize Sikh Awareness Presentations for educators, law enforcement officials and government agencies and will continue to do so over the coming weeks.

    What You Can Do
    If you are interested in having the Sikh Coalition conduct a Sikh Awareness Presentation in your local school district, or if you need resources to engage with the media, please review our online resources or contact us directly at education@sikhcoalition.org.

    As always, we urge all Sikhs to practice their faith fearlessly.
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  • "It was nice to have the Sikh Coalition attend the town hall meeting in Fresno. They provided fact sheets to educate local media on who Sikhs are and the issues facing the community post 9/11, including discrimination, bullying and hate crimes. "
    - Iqbal “Ike” Grewal, Community Liaison to Fresno Police Department

    “The Sikh Council of Central California was encouraged to see the surge of support demonstrated these past few days. The local Sangat is very proud of the efforts and support provided by our local youth organizations and also the national Sikh advocacy organizations.”
    - Dr. Ranjit Singh Rajpal, Sikh Council of Central California, Chairman of Religious Committee, Central Valley Hate Crimes Taskforce
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