Dear Supporter Ji,
Nine years ago today, a neo-Nazi gunman murdered six Sikh Americans and permanently injured several more at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
We solemnly remember Paramjit Kaur Saini, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Prakash Singh, Suveg Singh Khattra, and Satwant Singh Kaleka, who were killed on that horrific day. We also honor Baba Punjab Singh, who passed away on March 2, 2020 due to complications related to the injuries he sustained during the attack. And we continue to be inspired by the perseverance of those who were also critically injured at the time: Bhai Santokh Singh and Lt. Brian Murphy.
We continue to pray for these individuals and their families, and are inspired by the strength of the entire Oak Creek sangat, which set a powerful example of resilience for the entire nation. While the Oak Creek sangat previously organized an annual Chardhi Kala 6K Memorial Walk and Run in the Sikh spirit of eternal optimism, they have since decided to host this event every five years. The next Chardhi Kala 6K is scheduled to take place in 2022 around the 10-year anniversary.
Previously, the Sikh Coalition and members of the Oak Creek sangat worked together to successfully convince federal law enforcement to track anti-Sikh hate crimes--which came to pass in 2015. We continue our advocacy for hate crime laws that better protect marginalized communities at the national and state levels, most recently in California, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Massachusetts.
Despite what has been an incredibly difficult year, the spirit of Chardi Kala (eternal optimism) continues to reverberate through us all. We forever remain committed to remembering those we lost in the Oak Creek tragedy, and pushing forward through education, outreach, and advocacy efforts to prevent further tragedies.
We will continue to fight for your rights and ask that you continue to practice your faith fearlessly.
The Sikh Coalition
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