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The Sikh Coalition News
April 13, 2022
  • Help Plant Trees at Arsenal Park to Honor Eight Lives Lost

    April 13, 2022 (Indianapolis, IN) – On Friday, our nation will commemorate the one-year anniversary of the April 15, 2021 mass shooting at the FedEx ground facility in Indianapolis, IN.

    In advance of this important date, we are honored to announce a seva opportunity for the Indianapolis sangat that will take place in remembrance of the eight individuals who were killed in the shooting. All who are interested in attending must register online in advance.

    Next Saturday, April 23, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and the Eway Foundation are hosting the Great Indy Cleanup at Arsenal Park (1201 E 46th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205) beginning at 8:45 AM EDT.

    During this event, volunteers will help clean up the park and plant 150 trees. This year, the Sikh Coalition is sponsoring eight trees that will be planted in honor of Matthew R. Alexander, Samaria Blackwell, Amarjeet Kaur Johal, Jasvinder Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, Amarjit Sekhon, Karli Smith, and John “Steve” Weisert. The volunteer event will include a short interfaith program beforehand that commemorates each of their lives and highlights the importance of caring for the natural world. Family members from all eight families have been invited as well as Mayor Hogsett.

    Every sangat member in Indianapolis is encouraged to attend on Saturday and take part in seva by planting trees throughout the park.

    Registration is required to attend. Please click here to sign up.

    “While it has been nearly one year since this tragedy took place, the feelings of pain, trauma, and loss it raised continue to reverberate through the community,” said Harpreet Singh, Sikh Coalition Co-Interim Executive Director. “There is nothing we can do to bring back those we have lost, but there is much we can do to honor their lives. It begins with ensuring the next generation is told of their stories.”

    The Sikh Coalition remains committed to supporting the Indianapolis Sikh community. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, the Sikh Coalition worked to provide free legal aid to survivors and affected family members. We have also engaged law enforcement on the investigation, distributed free mental health resources to the sangat, supported community vigils and events, and responded to local, national, and international media requests.

    Separately, a lawsuit was filed on April 11 against FedEx on behalf of five of the families who lost loved ones. While the Sikh Coalition has provided direct legal services to community members in the last year, to avoid ongoing confusion we want to clarify that we are not involved or affiliated with this current lawsuit. If you have any further questions, please email contact@sikhcoalition.org.

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