May 12, 2022 (New York, NY) – This August, sangats nationwide will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the August 5, 2012 shooting in Oak Creek, WI. We continue to honor the seven Sikh community members who ultimately lost their lives and those who were critically injured in the shooting. These individuals, their families, and the sangat remain forever in our prayers as we near this important anniversary. In response, the Sikh Coalition is working to ensure that every American remembers this tragedy and that it remains a part of our collective history.
In the immediate response to the Oak Creek shooting and in the decade since, sangats from coast to coast have exemplified the spirit of chardi kala through consistent action and commitment towards preventing and combating hate in our communities. In recognition of these tireless efforts, this year, the Sikh Coalition is honored to help facilitate three national commemorative events that will honor the lives lost and impacted in Oak Creek.
Between August 5-7, 2022, we invite sangats nationwide to come together and choose one or more of the following ways to honor the 10th anniversary of the Oak Creek tragedy.
- National Day of Seva: Organize a seva project in your community. Ask your sangat and non-Sikh neighbors alike to take part in seva and celebrate the resilience of the Sikh community. For details on how to organize a seva event, click here. Make sure to submit your seva project to the Sikh Coalition so that we can add it to our national map and help you share your work with local media!
- National Night of Vigil: Organize an evening vigil at your local gurdwara. Invite elected officials, interfaith partners, allies, and neighbors to attend, speak, pray, and stand with Sikhs in solidarity against hate and violence.
- Support Policy Asks: Mobilize your sangat to take concrete actions to combat hate and prevent discrimination. More information about how you can make your voices heard through civic engagement is coming soon!
“The Oak Creek shooting was a tragic turning point in Sikh American history, and we have a responsibility to ensure this tragedy is not forgotten,” said Rucha Kaur, Community Development Director. “We hope that sangats will take on these commemorative events and encourage their neighbors to get involved and stand together with the Sikh community--and we are grateful to help sevadaars make this work happen.”
Click here for resources to help you get started.
If you have any questions about organizing a vigil or a seva event in your city, please email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We strongly encourage you to organize early so that your event is a success!
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.