“An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

Despite a surge in bias attacks against the Sikh community in the United States since 9/11, the Justice Department still refuses to gather data specific to this community. On Capitol Hill this week, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois convened a hearing on behalf of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights to look into domestic extremism and hate crimes. Interfaith Alliance was honored to be invited to contribute written testimony for the hearing.

The hearing included survivors of the Oak Creek Temple shooting. Joining Welton this week is Amardeep Singh, co-founder and director of programs for the Sikh Coalition, to share what the coalition is doing to finally get hate crime statistics gathered – and addressed, as well as to demand closer scrutiny of homegrown extremism in the US.

Click the “play” button above to hear the extended interview. To download this audio, click here. Scroll down for transcript. To hear the entire September 22, 2012 State of Belief Radio program, click here.

Sikh Coalition's Amardeep Singh Interview: State of Belief September 22, 2012

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