August 5, 2014 (New York, NY) - Exactly two years after a racist gunman took six lives and injured many others at a Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, New Yorkers of diverse backgrounds—led by the Sikh community—rallied in support of Sandeep Singh, a Sikh American father who was run over by a truck last week moments after the driver called him a “terrorist” and told him to “go back to your country.”
Remembering the lives lost at Oak Creek, Sandeep Singh’s wife—Prabhpreet Kaur—spoke at the rally and demanded justice for her husband. She also read a moving statement from Sandeep, which he recorded from his hospital bed:
“I am in a great deal of pain, but I will survive. I was attacked because I am a Sikh and because I look like a Sikh. Justice should be served so that no one else goes through what I have been through. We need to create a world without hate.”
Click here to read Prabhpreet Kaur’s statement
Click here to listen to Sandeep Singh’s recording
Click here for photos from the press conference
Remembrance and Action
The Sikh Coalition is inspired by the courage of Sandeep Singh and Prabhpreet Kaur. Their call for justice and “a world without hate” was a moving tribute to those who lost their lives in Oak Creek two years ago. As we remember Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur, Prakash Singh, Ranjit Singh, Sita Singh and Suveg Singh—and as we pray for the recovery of Baba Punjab Singh—let us continue to hold our heads high in the face of adversity, in the spirit of Chardi Kala (eternal optimism), and rededicate ourselves to eliminating hate and promoting justice for all people.
As the Oak Creek community continues to show us—and as Sandeep Singh, Prabhpreet Kaur, and the New York Sikh community showed us today—the Sikh spirit will never be broken.