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SMART Encourages Sikh American Community to Attend Vigil Against Violence

SMART Following Up with Local, Federal Law Enforcement in NYC Washington, DC – The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national civil rights organization, is encouraging the Sikh American community to attend a vigil promoting unity and peace in Queens, New York on Tue. August 19. The vigil is in response to the […]

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SMART Expresses Concern About Pipes’ Possible Recess Appointment

Washington, DC — Following reports that Daniel Pipes may be seated as a Director of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) by a Presidential Recess Appointment, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh American civil rights organization, expressed concern about the process sidestepping congressional confirmation. According to recent news reports, Pipes, […]

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Sikh Community Assisting Family, Demanding Swift Action Following Two Violent Crimes

SMART Collaborating with Bay Area Sikh Community, Law Enforcement to Address Cab Drivers’ Concerns Washington, DC— Following two violent crimes against Bay Area cab drivers last week, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) has been coordinating efforts with the local Sikh community to provide the victims’ families assistance. SMART has also been in […]

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NYPD Investigating Beating of Three Sikhs as Hate Crime

SMART to Monitor Investigation, Facilitate Community Outreach New York, NY–Following the beating of a Sikh family in Queens on Sunday night, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) has learned that the New York Police Department Bias Unit is engaged in an intense investigation to arrest three men who committed the apparent hate crime. […]

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Public Forum on Selective Law Enforcement Since 9-11

SMART Encourages Sikh Community to Attend Public Forum Washington, DC — On Wednesday, June 4th, a day before the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to conduct an oversight hearing on the USA PATRIOT Act, SMART will join a diverse coalition of organizations at a public forum to examine the growing trend of law enforcement to […]

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Sikh, Arab and Muslim Leaders Meet with FBI Director

Washington, DC – Leaders of national Sikh, Arab and Muslim organizations met with FBI Director Robert Mueller II on Wednesday, May 28 to discuss further partnerships with the community and the possible development of an advisory committee that would coordinate efforts at state and national levels. Last week’s meeting, a follow-up to the February 28, […]

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SMART Conducts Awareness Training for Phoenix Police

Phoenix Police Establishes Reward Fund; Sikh Community Urged to Support Reward, Family Funds Phoenix, AZ – Responding to requests from local and federal authorities, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh advocacy group, conducted awareness training for law enforcement officials last week, following the shooting of Avtar Singh Chiera on May […]

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Sikh Man’s Deportation Proceedings Terminated

Government Determines Improper Immigration Detention WASHINGTON, DC – An Immigration Judge recently terminated further deportation proceedings against a Sikh man who was wrongfully detained by the government for a period of over 14 weeks. Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), the leading national Sikh American civil rights and advocacy group, was notified about Singh’s […]

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SMART Applauds Introduction of Hate Crimes Bill

Legislation Would Broaden Federal Assistance in Hate Crime Investigations and Prosecutions Washington, DC – The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), the leading Sikh American civil rights and advocacy organization, joined civil rights and law enforcement agencies in support of the re-introduction of the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act (LLEEA), S.966, in the Senate. […]

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Suspect Apprehended in Gurdwara Vandalism, Break-in

Teenager in Spokane, WA Faces Possible Hate Crime Charge Washington, DC – Following an incident of vandalism and a break-in this past weekend at a Spokane, WA Gurdwara, the Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), the oldest national Sikh American civil rights advocacy group, has learned that a teenager has been arrested in connection […]

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