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The Sikh Coalition News
December 21, 2018
  • Sikhs Show Solidarity After Synagogue Attack

    December 21, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA) - On Monday, December 17th, the Greater Pittsburgh Sikh community delivered messages of solidarity to the Jewish community during a private interfaith gathering at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. The gathering was in response to the October 27, 2018 shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, when a shooter murdered 11 congregants.

    This tragic hate crime follows other recent deadly attacks on American houses of worship. In 2015, a white supremacist murdered nine African Americans during a prayer service at the Emanuael African Methodist Espicopal Church in Charleston, SC. In 2012, a neo-Nazi gunman with white supremacist ties walked into a Sikh gurdwara (house of worship) in Oak Creek, WI, and murdered six Sikh Americans while injuring several more.

    “Our Pittsburgh neighbors were a tremendous support for Sikhs after the 2012 gurdwara shooting in Wisconsin,” said Pittsburgh Sikh community leader, Chitratan Singh. “Now, Sikhs across the country are standing in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters as they work to  heal from this horrific attack.”

    In November, hundreds of Sikhs from across the country joined the Sikh Coalition in sharing messages of support. At the Monday closed-door gathering, the local Sikh community joined Auburn Seminary President, Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, to deliver a book that included close to 2,000 interfaith messages of solidarity and love to the local Jewish community.

    “An attack on one community is an attack on all of us,” said Sikh Coalition Executive Director Satjeet Kaur. “We are strongest as a nation when we stand together in our efforts to combat hate.”

    The Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson added: “People from every background have joined us with prayers, messages of love and support and pledges to stand up and to stand by the Jewish community and work against hate in all its manifestations.”

    In light of the threats posed to American houses of worship, please share our free Gurdwara Security Toolkit, and share it with your gurdwara. This toolkit, which has been used by over 50 gurdwaras nationwide, includes information on resources provided by federal and state government agencies to help places of worship, including gurdwaras, minimize the risk of attacks. For more information, please email contact@sikhcoalition.org.

    The Sikh Coalition continues to provide free legal assistance to Sikhs who have been discriminated against or subject to bias based upon their religious beliefs. If you would like to have a free and confidential consultation with experienced attorneys in either English or Punjabi, please contact the Sikh Coalition at 212-655-3095 or fill out our legal intake form.

    The Sikh Coalition thanks Auburn Seminary, Groundswell Movement and Revolutionary Love for their leadership in mobilizing messages of support, creating the book and making this gathering possible. We also thank Auburn for their partnership in our never-ending joint efforts to combat and prevent hate in America.

    As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
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