After the tragedy at Oak Creek, people all around the country have stepped up and offered support and love to their Sikh brothers and sisters. From thousands of prayers to campaigning for the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikhs, the story has turned from one of sorrow to one of outstanding resilience and solidarity.
Created by Valarie Kaur and her partner Sharat Raju, this short video tells the story you never hear of what happened in Oak Creek. In the spirit of remembrance here are a few things you can do to keep the Oak Creek story alive:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2ND
1:30PM - 3PM: Attend the Federal Observance at the US Federal Courthouse at 517 East Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3RD
8:30AM - 3PM: Join the "Chardi Kala 6K Memorial Walk/Run" in Oak Creek, WI with the whole community: www.chardhikala6k.org
11AM - 3PM: Attend the prayer service followed by tributes to the departed at the Sikh gurdwara at 7512 South Howell Ave in Oak Creek, WI
MONDAY, AUGUST 5th
6PM - 8PM: Join the community in meditation and prayer at the Sikh gurdwara at 7512 South Howell Ave in Oak Creek, WI – event details
8PM - 10:30PM: Light a candle at the Candlelight Peace Vigil at the Sikh gurdwara at 7512 South Howell Ave in Oak Creek, WI
Even if you're not in Wisconsin, you can still show your support by participating in these events:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3RD ALL DAY
"National Day of Seva Service" www.sikhcoalition.org/get-involved/act-now/national-day-of-seva-8-3-1
Find and attend a local Sikh gurdwara in your city on SUNDAY MORNING. The community will welcome you with open arms and ask you to stay for langar, the communal meal after the service.
MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH ALL DAY
Look for services and vigils at your local Sikh gurdwara. In the afternoon, run with local Sikhs in your city in the "National Run in Solidarity Against Violence": www.thesuratinitiative.com/education/social-justice-project/surat-fauj-running-club
Please keep the Oak Creek and greater Sikh community in your thoughts and prayers as we near the one year anniversary.
In the Sikh spirit of Chardi Kala – a relentless optimism that empowers us to persevere and rise from hardship even in the face of darkness.
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