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UPDATE: US Senate hate crime hearing tomorrow

Amardeep Singh, Sikh Coalition, and Deepa Iyer, SAALT, discuss on HuffPost Live tomorrow's Senate Hearing on hate crimes. (source: Sikh Coalition)

Amardeep Singh, Sikh Coalition, and Deepa Iyer, SAALT, discuss on HuffPost Live tomorrow’s Senate Hearing on hate crimes. (source: Sikh Coalition)

Tomorrow, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be holding their hearing “Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism” in Washington, D.C. (note room change):

The hearing entitled “Hate Crimes and the Threat of Domestic Extremism” scheduled before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary for Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2:30 p.m., in room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building will now take place in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF) provides some context:

Following the tragic shooting in Oak Creek last month, a diverse group of more than 150 organizations, led by the Sikh Coalition, requested a Senate hearing on hate crimes and domestic extremism. Government officials, experts, and Harpreet Singh Saini, a Sikh who lost his mother in the Oak Creek shooting, will testify at the hearing.

We strongly urge all those in the Washington D.C. area to attend this hearing! It is critical that the Senators conducting this hearing see a room filled with Sikhs so they are aware of how important this issue is to our community. Your attendance will give strength to the Sikh American community and make a lasting impression on the United States Congress.

Of particular note, Harpreet Singh Saini, son of Paramjit Kaur who was killed in the shooting rampage at the Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin last month, will testify before the Committee at the hearing:

“I’m going to talk about my mother and that we need to just end all of this hate,” said Saini, who will travel to Washington with his brother, Kamal.

For those who cannot attend, the hearing will be webcast via the Senate Judiciary Committee website.

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