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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 […]

Sikhs Hopeful on Anniversary of Shooting

Sikhs Hopeful on Anniversary of Shooting

By Kim Lawton Published on Washington Post. “The legacy of Oak Creek is not one of bloodshed,” said Valarie Kaur, founding director of the interfaith group Groundswell, a project of Auburn Seminary in N.Y. “(It’s of) how a community rose to bring people together to heal […]

America after the Sikh Temple Shooting

America after the Sikh Temple Shooting

Published on Common Ground News Service. Oak Creek, Wisconsin – On Friday, I participated in a memorial for the victims of the 4 August shooting in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. I am a third-generation Sikh American, and as the ceremony drew to […]

We Are All Sikh Now

Appeared on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. I’m honored to be featured on one of my favorite shows on TV by the smartest, most compassionate host I know, Melissa Harris-Perry.  She discusses my call for efforts to build a world without terror and includes footage my […]

In Conservation: Sikhism, Islam, and Hinduism

In Conservation: Sikhism, Islam, and Hinduism

Published on The Washington Post. By Vineet Chander, Valarie Kaur and Najeeba Syed-Miller One week after the Sikh shootings in Oak Creek, Americans have learned more about the Sikh community, many for the first time. A brief introduction to Sikhism has caused people to wonder […]

Two Sikh Americans: Let’s Retire ‘Mistaken Identity’

Two Sikh Americans: Let’s Retire ‘Mistaken Identity’

Published on The Washington Post. By Valarie Kaur and Simran Jeet Singh In the wake of the massacre at the Sikh gurdwara [house of worship] in Milwaukee, Americans are learning about Sikhs, many for the first time. As two Sikh Americans who have studied and […]

Today, We Are All American Sikhs

Today, We Are All American Sikhs

Published on CNN. Today, the day after the tragic shootings near Milwaukee, the fog will begin to lift. Just as after Columbine and Aurora, we will hear the names of the suspect and victims. We will learn more about the motive and imagine the nightmare […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Oslo is Our Call to Change

Why Oslo is Our Call to Change

Oslo is everywhere. As we see bodies recovered and hear stories of young people who survived the massacre, our hearts ache.  But in the last few days, we’ve learned that we are closer to the tragedy than we can imagine. The killer is not a […]