Latinos Leaving East Haven, CT
The Associated Press just covered our clinic’s case against racial profiling in East Haven, CT. Here’s the story as published in the Washington Post: Citing police abuse, Hispanics leaving Conn. town – By MICHAEL MELIA The Associated Press Sunday, December 26, 2010; 3:22 PM EAST HAVEN, Conn. — Santiago Malave has worked law enforcement jobs in Connecticut for more than four decades, but as a Puerto Rican, he says he cannot drive through his own town without worrying about police harassing him. Malave, a probation officer who works in New Haven, says the racial abuse is so bad that he [...]Read more
A Granddaughter's Letter
Flowers surrounded the casket, and the casket was open. My grandmother Joginder Kaur looked like a doll-version of herself, a deep-pink chunni draped over still-black hair, her smile serene. We granddaughters spoke in turn, holding one another when tears caught in our throats. I read her a letter. DEAREST MUMMY JI, I’m having trouble, we’re all having trouble, finding the right words to offer you today. Words never seem enough when remembering someone you love, but words especially fall short to honor you. I think this is because your most authentic medium for expression was never words – that was [...]Read more
In Memoriam: Joginder Kaur "Mummy Ji"
Joginder Kaur Gill, our sweet “Mummy Ji,” died surrounded by all her children and grandchildren at the age of 81 on Friday night. Mummy Ji was born on October 22, 1929 to Hardial Singh and Pritam Kaur in Patiala in Punjab, British India. She married Captain Gurdial Singh Gill on October 10, 1945 (pictured), raised her family, and eventually followed them to Clovis, CA. Mummy Ji lived a disciplined and spiritual life. She began and ended her day with God’s Name, read the newspaper daily, and sang prayers in the classical Sikh tradition. She cooked for her family, counseled her [...]Read more
The 1700% Project
The 1700% Project brilliantly captures the sense of cacophony and disorientation of post-9/11 violence for those who still live it — all in five minutes. Amazing artwork, advocacy, and storytelling rolled into one. Watch this video: 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim from Anida Yoeu Ali on Vimeo. Note: the artist mentions several stories featured in Divided We Fall, including Balbir Singh Sodhi (49, killed by a man yelling “I am an American all the way”) and Amrik Chawla (chased by 4 men in Manhattan yelling “turban”).Read more