Brampton is one of the most diverse and multicultural cities in Canada and visible minorities such as South Asians, African Canadians, West Indian, Latin American, Filipino, Chinese, Arabs, Japanese, Korean, and more make up 66% of Brampton’s population.
Join the citizens of Brampton as they speak out and put a stop to racism in order to make Brampton more inclusive, vibrant and resilient. Feel free to spread the word and bring as many people as you wish!
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As the health of Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa deteriorates to dangerous levels, Canadian Sikhs are calling on the Government of Canada to speak out. The Coalition of Sikh Organizations is hosting a Community Town Hall on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 that will include a live stream from Punjab, India with Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, pending his health.
Canadian Sikhs are concerned that Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa’s life may be at risk as India refuses to release 6 Sikh Political Prisoners that have served their terms, but remain imprisoned for political purposes.
“The Government of India has thus far been silent on its illegal detention of Sikh Prisoners. We’re worried that this injustice will result in another, as Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa has vowed to continue his Hunger Strike until death, for the right of illegally detained Sikh and non-Sikh Political Prisoners,” said Amarjit Singh from Ontario Gurdwara Committee.
Canadian Sikhs are deeply concerned by the actions of the Indian authorities, as they have escalated their aggression toward minorities. Recently, Indian authorities entered a Sikh Gurdwara in plain clothes, detained Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa and eventually produced him before an executive magistrate on December 6, 2013 without legal representation. Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa was remanded into custody for a period of 15 days and has since been released.
“Canadian Sikhs are feeling quite uneasy given the history of impunity and violence by Indian authorities, in the illegal detainment of minorities and Sikh youth,” said President of Ontario Khalsa Darbar Avtar Singh Punia.
After decades of forced disappearances, kidnappings and extra judicial killings of Sikhs in Punjab by government authorities, Canadian Sikhs are now worried that India’s refusal to apply the law equally for minorities could exacerbate existing trauma felt both in Punjab and the diaspora, as they fear for the safety of family members and loved ones.
“We’re thankful for the democratic institutions of Canada, the due process of law and equality provided by the judicial system. We hope that the Government of Canada can lead by example as a beacon of hope by expressing our concerns to their counterparts in India,” added a Inderjit Singh, Youth Coordinator for COSO.
The Coalition of Sikh Organizations (COSO) has extended an invitation to Members of Federal and Provincial Parliament to attend a Community gathering and hear the concerns of Sikh Canadians.
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This is not a memorandum – instead SFJ’s is submitting a 1503 Petition to the United Nations. What does that mean? Well, submitting this petition will require the human rights committee at the UN to issue a notice to it’s member state India and notify them that an accusation has come up at which point India must justify it’s actions with a response.
This petition, is a step towards holding India accountable for its crimes.
There are always multiple approaches to any given cause. Sikhs For Justice and other like minded organizations are always open to hearing form you. If you have an idea send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Sign the petition, share it with friends/family and spread the word via social media!
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For example, as more information has become readily available, the loopholes in Prof. Bhullar’s case increasingly expose the fabricated charges and the miscarriage of justice by the Indian judicial system. From slogans of Save Bhullar, have grown stronger and more powerful chants of Free Bhullar.
Many respectful ideologues, world governments and bodies are joining the movement. From the European Parliament, European Union, German Authorities and the NDP, the official opposition party here in Canada, India has respectfully been requested to halt the execution of Prof. Bhullar.
Even Sikh and non-Sikh youth both in India and in the Diaspora are taking up their grievances with the death penalty in a peaceful manner, using arts including hip hop, poetry and peaceful protests to express their dissent from Judicial Executions in the state of India.
Last year, the Sikh Activist Network dedicated When Lions Roar, to the struggle of Political Prisoners, including Prof. Bhullar.
In an expression of solidarity, The Sikh Activist Network received a message from Navneet Kaur, the wife of Prof. Devinderpal Singh last year.
Below we attach the unedited letter presented to us by the family of Prof. Bhullar, in hopes of inspiring the continued work of Sikh youth to continue their peaceful lobby for the freedom of Prof. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar.
We also encourage everyone to participate in the Brampton Justice Rally:
Friday, April 19, 2013
South Fletchers Sportsplex
500 Ray Lawson Blvd, Brampton, Ontario L6Y 5B3
To my dear brothers and sisters of Sikh Activist Network,
Waheguru Ji ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji ki Fateh!
I Navneet Kaur Bhullar, wife of Davinderpal Singh Bhullar sincerely thank everyone for their support with the campaign to save the life of my husband who is currently facing death penalty in India. Even after spending only three months with him after my wedding, I realized that he is a very intelligent, kind-hearted, and commited Sikh. During our newly married days, he would express to me about how worried he was about his students who were being eliminated by the Punjab Police. Many of those victims families were coming to him to raise a voice against the cruelty about the Punjab Police. He was dissapointed that why only himself and few other professors were the only ones brave enough to speak against the Police brutalities. I told him that since we are newly married the Police may eliminate you or you may face serious consequences if you did not stop involving yourself in these issues. He replied to me by saying, that he cannot stay silent towards this cruelty, because thats not what our Gurus taught us and they sacrificed their lives. Today, due to his firm belief and extreme commitment to Sikh Panth he lost his Father, Uncle, and his happy life that would be spent in Canada. As a result he is currently facing a death penatly being completley innocent.
My brothers and sisters, your sympathy and support to save my husband is torching a light of life for my husband. Even though my family and I have paid a high price for my husband’s belief and are struggling day and night to get justice, with your kind help I am strong and hopeful that just one day we will have justice where my husband’s life will be saved. On behalf of my family I wish you all the best and please convey my heart filled wishes to everyone who is supporting our campaign. I pray for Waheguru to bless you all.
Navneet Kaur Bhullar
The ban does not come as a suprise but rather serves as a severe blow to Freedom of Expression India, which prides its self on being the world largest democracy.
Further, DGP Sumed Saini, directly accused in the slaughter, torture and disappearance of Sikh youth in the 1980-90s and sitting DGP of the Punjab Police (appointed by Badal), was a part of the reviewing committee. It is clear that after watching the film, the ban is an orchestrated attempt to prevent any attention brough to the atrocities committed in the past under DGP Saini’s watch.
However rest assured that despite this ban in Punjab, the Toronto Premier WILL be taking place tomorrow and the show timings are as follows:
SilverCity Brampton – 7.20pm, 10:05pm
Square One Mississauga Empire – 12:35pm, 3:25pm, 6:20pm, 9:15pm.
Please come out and support this movie and share this msg to all!]]>
The conference is being organized in collaboration with the Ghadar Centenary Committee Toronto. It is sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, South Asian Studies programme, Department of Political Science, York Centre for Asian Research and CUPE 3903, all at York University.
Maia Ramnath is a visiting scholar at New York University and is author of Haj to Utopia (2011) and Decolonizing Anarchism(2012)
Friday, 12 April 2013 | 6pm to 8pm | Founders Assembly Hall | Founders College | York UniversityHarsha Walia is a grassroots activist, Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre, Vancouver Unceded Coast Salish Territories and author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013)
Saturday, 13 April 2013 | 4 to 5pm | Harry Crowe Room (Room 109, Atkinson Building) | York University
Rex vs. Singh, a film by Ali Kazimi, John Greyson, Richard Fung
Friday, 12 April 2013 | 4pm to 5pm | Harry Crowe Room (Room 109, Atkinson Building) | York University
Santaap by Ghadar Centenary Committee Toronto
(Written by: Gursharn Singh and Directed by: Hira Randhawa)
The conference programme is available here: Programme]]>
Are you in university/college, and unaware of the opportunities out there?
Are you applying for a position in a competitive field, and need tips on how to improve your chances?
Come to Ontario Khalsa Darbar on Sunday April 7th between 1-5pm, and have the opportunity to talk a variety of professionals who are working in fields you are interested in.]]>
Saturday March 23 – 1:30pm
Sunday March 24 – 11:30am, 1:30pm
Call 416-837-1756 or visit Khalsa Pizza]]>