On March 7, Surinder Singh and Gurmej Atwal were shot while on their afternoon walk in Elk Grove, California, a suburb of Sacramento. The two retirees each suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Singh, 65, died on the spot while Atwal, 78, was hospitalized and put on a ventilator. He later died on April 15. We're joined by Amardeep Singh of the Sikh Coalition to hear more about the incident and how it fits into a string of violence against Sikhs over the last decade.
Amardeep Singh is the co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh civil rights organization in the United States. He currently serves as its Director of Programs where he oversees the Coalition’s use of litigation, advocacy, community organizing, and strategic communications to advance social justice goals.
UPDATE: As of 5:30 pm on April 25 (the day of this show), the United Nations released the report to the public. You can find it here.
Last Fall, the United Nations assembled a panel of experts to look into accountability with regard to alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian law in the final stages of the decades-long civil war in Sri Lanka. Early last week, the panel submitted its report, some of which has been leaked to the press. However, the United Nations still has not released the full report. Joining us are journalist Matthew Lee, who covers the UN for Inner City Press, and Sanjana Hattotuwa, founder and managing editor of the citizen journalism website, Groundviews.
Sanjana Hattotuwa is the founder and managing editor of the citizen journalism website, Groundviews.
On April 14, the Georgia state legislature passed a bill similar to Arizona's controversial SB 1070, which requires local law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being in the country without documentation. The Georgia law differs in that it authorizes (not requires) law enforcement officers to check someone's immigration status. While SB 1070 copycat legislation continues to gain momentum throughout the South, it has failed in Mississippi. To hear more about the continued attack on immigrants across the US and the efforts against the bills, we are joined by Seth Freed Wessler of Colorlines.com and Catherine Han Montoya of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
Seth Freed Wessler is asenior research associate at the Applied Research Center and an investigative reporter for Colorlines.com.
Catherine Han Montoya leads the Immigration Field Project at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund. This multi-faceted program leverages Ms. Montoya’s expertise in grassroots organizational development and advocacy to build proactive multiethnic coalitions to address immigration as part of a larger common ground policy agenda. Ms. Montoya portfolio includes organizational development, policy development, state and local legislative advocacy, and leadership development.