Month: September 2011

Activism and Outreach From 9/11 Hate Killing

Activism and Outreach From 9/11 Hate Killing

By Anju Kaur Published by SikhNN. A new kind of activism was born out of the Balbir Singh Sodhi tragedy ten years ago when he became the first person killed in the backlash against those perceived to be related to the 9/11 attackers. About 100 […]

A Millennial Moral Center

My letter to the editor of the New York Times, defending the moral vision of the Millennial generation, was published today. I’m thrilled to be given this chance to speak out for all of us working so hard toward our vision of a more just […]

The Ten Year Anniversary of 9/15

The Ten Year Anniversary of 9/15

I’m writing tonight from Mesa, Arizona, where a family friend was murdered ten years ago.  His name was Balbir Singh Sodhi.He was a turbaned Sikh man who owned his own gas station and was well-loved for his generosity and broad smile.On Sept. 15, 2001, he […]

The Moral Values of America’s Youth: My Letter to the Editor

Published by the New York Times. To the Editor: Re “If It Feels Right…” (column, Sept. 13): David Brooks cites a Notre Dame study of 230 young Americans to indict an entire generation’s moral sensibility, warning that our “erosion of shared moral frameworks” gives rise to […]

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

On Sunday night, when I got off the train near Ground Zero to attend a 9/11 multifaith ceremony, I walked right into an anti-Muslim protest. Two hundred people cheered on speakers who warned of sharia law and the Muslim invasion.  Their signs read: “Mohammad was […]

Thousands of Ribbons of Hope on this 9/11

Thousands of Ribbons of Hope on this 9/11

The story was originally printed on Newsday here. We have been collecting Ribbons of Hope from across the country and around the world to mark the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. Our partners at Prepare New York are weaving these ribbons into a colorful tapestry that to […]

Groundswell’s “Coming Out Party”

Groundswell’s “Coming Out Party”

On Tuesday night, hundreds of people gathered together at Groundswell’s kick-off teach-in in NYC and imagined how a movement based on compassion and community could emerge from the shadows this tenth anniversary of 9/11. I can still feel the electricity in the room — and […]

Millennials, Moral Vision, and Movement Building

Millennials, Moral Vision, and Movement Building

“We need to have an ‘American spring’… nonviolent change where people from the grassroots get involved again.”  – Former Vice President Al Gore, August 2011 We’re hungry for a movement. Faith and moral communities around the globe are tired of politics that maintain the status […]

Announcing Groundswell

Announcing Groundswell

As many of you know, for the last decade, I’ve had the opportunity to tour with Divided We Fall, leading dialogues on campuses and communities in 200 cities across the country. And I began to notice something — a rising generation of people like me […]