The Sikh Coalition condemns the white supremacist terror attack against our fellow Americans yesterday in Charlottesville, Virginia. According to news reports, one person – Heather Heyer – lost her life and over a dozen were injured when a car driven by a white supremacist rammed into a group of people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
This tragedy came exactly one week after Sikh Americans nationwide remembered the lives lost when a neo-Nazi attacked a gurdwara five years ago in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
As Sikh Americans, we have a responsibility to speak out against hate, and there are three concrete steps all of us can take right now to promote unity in our nation and keep our communities safe:
1. Attend a vigil in solidarity with victims
Vigils are being organized throughout the nation to remember the Charlottesville victims and stand up against hate. Click here to view a list of vigils near you.
2. Tell your elected officials to speak out against hate
Political leaders need to use their platforms to condemn hate. Please call President Donald Trump, your United States senators and your member of Congress, and tell them to condemn white supremacists without hesitation and make hate crime prevention a top priority.
3. Improve security at your local gurdwara
The Sikh Coalition is facilitating free security consultations for gurdwaras nationwide. Our goal is to prevent a repeat of the Oak Creek tragedy. If you would like to schedule a free security consultation for your gurdwara, please email our National Advocacy Manager, Sim J. Singh, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.
The Sikh Coalition