Within hours of news of the Sikh gurdwara (house of worship) massacre, Groundswell supporters across the U.S. and around the world voiced our support and prayers for the community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
On Sunday, August 12th, Groundswell Director Valarie Kaur hand-delivered 4,000 solidarity letters sent in by Groundswell supporters to the families and community in Wisconsin. During the first service at the Sikh gurdwara since the mass shooting, the children of the six Sikh men and women who were killed in the attack accepted the letters on the community's behalf.
Watch the video of the delivery below.
At 2:58, when we deliver the notes, you can hear Sikhs shout "Jakara" (an exultation).
"Bole So Nihal" means, Whoever utters shall be fulfilled.
The congregation responds, "Sat Sri Akal!" Eternal and True is the Divine (God).
May this story help us remember what we can achieve when we act together for a world where every person can live, work, and worship in peace. Please share this video with your friends, family, colleagues and networks via Facebook and Twitter:
On behalf of the Sikh community and Groundswell, thank you for your activism, compassion, and courage.
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