Tag: Aurora

A Year Later, Sikhs Keep Up Fight against Gun Violence

A Year Later, Sikhs Keep Up Fight against Gun Violence

Published on CNN. The other night was one of the most sacred and extraordinary events of my life as an advocate. A gathering of people from all around our country with one thing in common: a desire to stop the gun violence that plagues their […]

The Sikh Temple Shootings, A Year Later And Barely Remembered

The Sikh Temple Shootings, A Year Later And Barely Remembered

By Jessica Testa Published on BuzzFeed. Wade Michael Page didn’t speak to his victims before killing them. One year ago Monday, he “just began shooting.” On Aug. 5, 2012, Page walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic handgun. The 40-year-old Army veteran […]

My Remarks at the Oak Creek One-Year Anniversary Vigil

My Remarks at the Oak Creek One-Year Anniversary Vigil

I had the profound honor to help MC the candlelight vigil held in Oak Creek, Wisconsin tonight. One year after the mass shooting at the Sikh house of worship, more than one thousand people came together for a night of prayer, music, testimonies, and remembrance. […]

Why We Must Remember Oak Creek

Why We Must Remember Oak Creek

Published on Huffington Post. One year ago this morning, a lone gunman walked into a house of worship and stalked the prayer hall, communal kitchen and living rooms. Wherever he saw people, he lifted his gun without expression and fired. He killed six people and […]

The Sunday Before the Election

The Sunday Before the Election

Published on Religion and Politics. Nestled in the suburbs of Hamden, Connecticut, a little brick building has been transformed into a gurdwara, a Sikh house of worship. Inside Gurdwara Sachkhand Darbar, dozens of families from the greater New Haven area gather for Sunday service. Most […]

Shooting at Sikh Gurdwara Prompts Call for Storytelling to Bind Us Together

Shooting at Sikh Gurdwara Prompts Call for Storytelling to Bind Us Together

Published on The Washington Post. Sixteen days ago, a gunman opened fire in a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wis. One of the victims, Punjab Singh, is still fighting for his life in a Milwaukee hospital. I had never met him before, but when I […]

Tragedy Returns to Oak Creek

Tragedy Returns to Oak Creek

Published on Salon. On Wednesday night, Dalbir Singh was closing his store when three masked people approached and opened gunfire. He was shot in the head and died instantly. This crime fits the profile of thousands of failed attempted robberies in the U.S., except that […]

We Are All Sikhs Today

We Are All Sikhs Today

This morning’s shooting is a tragedy not only for Sikh Americans but for all Americans. The Sikh community gathered to pray on a Sunday morning just like millions of Americans in churches across the country. The terrible loss of life so recently after the shootings […]