For Immediate Release

Primary contact: Satjeet Kaur;, (646) 845-0630

Secondary contact: Amardeep Singh; 628-0091

(New York, New York) August 7, 2012 – As more information emerges about the white supremacist beliefs of Wade Michael Page, the shooter in Sunday’s rampage in Wisconsin, many Sikhs and other engaged communities have come to the conclusion that his attack should be defined as a hate crime.

“While we understand that all the facts are yet to be determined, there is a growing consensus that hate was a significant motivator in what happened this past Sunday,“ said Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur. “It is tragic, but unfortunately not surprising, that the shooter specifically chose a place of worship to commit this massacre. If, as it now seems, hate is confirmed as the motivation for what happened here, it is important that we redouble our collective efforts to build a nation where this type of racial and ethnic hate has no sanction,” said Ms. Kaur.

The Sikh Coalition, in collaboration with local Sikh leaders and partner Sikh organizations, will hold interfaith vigils across the country on the evening of Wednesday, August 8 in an effort to coordinate a multi-faith nationwide remembrance for the victims and their families of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara massacre.

“As our nation still struggles to comprehend what happened and we continue to support the victims and their families it’s important to send a clear and unified message to those who attempt to divide us with these senseless acts of violence. We will not be divided, we will find hope in a moment of great tragedy, and we will move forward in the belief that freedom of religion remains a fundamental tenet of our great democracy,” said Ms. Kaur.

The Sikh Coalition has experts available for commentary on Sikhism, Sikh civic engagement, and past incidents of violence directed against Sikhs. For all media inquires please contact Satjeet Kaur: or Amardeep Singh;, (917) 628-0091 and somebody will get back to you within 30 minutes.