Dear Family,

Ten years ago today, a white nationalist opened fire in a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin as families prepared for Sunday services. Seven beloved community members were killed. It was the deadliest massacre of Sikhs on U.S. soil. And yet, too many Americans don’t remember Oak Creek. Will you help us tell the story today?

1. Watch our video at RememberOakCreek.org

2. Share on social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter.

3. Forward this email to the educators in your life.

We remember those we lost: Paramjit Kaur, Prakash Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Sita Singh, Suveg Singh Khattra, and Baba Punjab Singh.

We stand with those injured and those whose lives have been forever changed. This includes Bhai Santokh Singh who was wounded and responding officer Lt. Brian Murphy who took fifteen bullets fighting the gunman.

We follow the example set by the community in the aftermath of the shooting. In the face of terror and trauma, they rose up with courage and invoked the Sikh spirit of Chardi Kala – even in darkness and despair, ever-rising spirits.

When you learn the story of Oak Creek, you will see Chardi Kala in action: Sikh elders clean the blood from the gurdwara with their own hands; a teenager testifies before Congress in his mother’s memory to change federal policy on hate crimes; a grandfather spends seven years paralyzed by his wounds yet still finds a way to teach. All of them invoke Chardi Kala. Even in moments when hope is faint, it’s a choice to orient to the present moment with the energies of love.

In an era of endless mass shootings, we believe Chardi Kala is the medicine we need now. So we tell the story. We teach it in our communities. And we pledge to take action to stop violence through revolutionary love.

Take a moment today to visit our learning hub on Oak Creek to learn the story. It features original videos, curricula, articles, and books on the legacy of Oak Creek, brought to you in partnership with the Sikh Coalition. We built this for you. Share widely and use freely.

Yours in Chardi Kala,
Valarie


Join the digital day of action!

Watch our video at RememberOakCreek.org. Share the story on social media today and this weekend:

You can also find other graphics + captions to share on social media by clicking here.


Join the local sangat for a weekend of events August 5th-7th at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Take part in the remembrance vigil, community gathering, and kirtan. All events are open to the public and free to attend.

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