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SMART Cautions Sikh Americans about Possible War Implications

Possible backlash against those perceived to be Muslim, Arab or Middle-Eastern Washington, DC, — Following President Bush’s remarks to the nation last night about the developments in Iraq, Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) is cautioning the Sikh American community to take extra safety measures to safeguard themselves, their property and their local Gurdwara […]

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FBI Director Mueller meets Sikh, Arab and Muslim American Groups

WASHINGTON, DC – FBI Director Robert Mueller met with leaders of national Sikh, Arab and Muslim organizations on Friday, Feb. 28 to discuss the rise in hate crimes and racial profiling of these communities in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The meeting was the latest in a series of meetings organized […]

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SMART Acknowledges Factual Error in Press Release About Air India Bombing

Washington, DC — On February 12, 2003, SMART issued a press release on the 1985 Air India bombing case, which contained some factual errors. The following is an excerpt from the agreed statement of facts submitted in the British Columbia Supreme Court when Inderjit Singh Reyat pleaded guilty Feb. 10 to 329 counts of manslaughter […]

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Sikh American Group Expresses Concern About Detentions of Arabs in Southern California

Group Fears Civilian Backlash following INS Round-up Washington, DC — Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh American advocacy group, expressed deep concern about the detention of Middle Eastern immigrants in Southern California last week. SMART’s Executive Director, Navtej Khalsa, questioned the effect of these actions on the relationship between immigrant communities […]

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SMART Assisting Fleet Bank to Determine Financial Service Needs of Sikh American Community

NJ Community Encouraged to Participate in Survey Washington, DC, — Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh advocacy group, is assisting Fleet Bank to determine the financial service needs of the Sikh American community in New Jersey. SMART and Fleet Bank have been in settlement negotiations since July 2002, after Mr. Inderjeet […]

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Police think Sukhpal Singh Sodhi’s killing may not be a hate crime, SMART pressing for thorough investigation

Washington, DC – The killing of Sikh San Francisco cab driver, Sukhpal Singh Sodhi, in the early hours of Sunday, may not be a hate crime, San Francisco Police Detective Joseph Toomey told Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART) on Tuesday. According to Detective Toomey, the shooting took place in what he calls a […]

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9/11 Victim Balbir Singh Sodhi’s Brother Shot to Death, SMART Calls on the FBI to Investigate

SMART urges the Sikh communities in California to call the office of the San Francisco Mayor and Police Department Washington, DC – Sukhpal Singh Sodhi, a San Francisco cab driver, was murdered in the early hours of Sunday August 4, while driving home. Sukhpal Singh was the brother of Balbir Singh Sodhi, who was murdered […]

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SMART Calls For Action Against Fleet Bank

Washington, DC – The Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force (SMART), a national Sikh American civil rights advocacy group calls on all Sikh Americans to participate in a national letter writing and telephone campaign protesting Fleet Bank’s discrimination against a Sikh businessman by refusing to allow him to open a CD account with the bank. […]

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Fleet Charged in Bias Suit

Sikh businessman claims bank denied him CD account By Arun Venugopal May 31, 2002 A Sikh businessman and operator of two Burger King franchises, including one near Ground Zero, has filed suit against Fleet National Bank, charging it denied him the opportunity to open a $250,000 certificate of deposit at a Fleet branch because of […]

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Sikh sues Fleet Bank over discriminatory practice

Sikh civil rights group threatens nationwide economic boycott of Fleet Bank. Washington, DC — A Sikh businessman filed a lawsuit last week against Fleet Bank, alleging that its Carteret, New Jersey branch discriminated against him in refusing to allow him to open a CD account with the bank. “We look at the customer and then […]

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