Last August, a gunman walked into a Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, leaving six dead and several injured. It was a day that is etched into the minds of Sikhs around the globe. While we would like to think that this tragedy is seen as an American tragedy, the mass shooting in Oak Creek did not receive the same media or government attention that other similar tragedies received. What many Americans don’t know is that the Oak Creek mass shooting was the most lethal attack on an American house of worship since the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Nevertheless, we push forward with our Sikh spirit intact. In light of this, communities across the nation are coming together to remember the victims and survivors of the Oak Creek mass shooting. Here is a list of various events taking place both locally in Oak Creek and nationally.
The Chardi Kala 6K Memorial Run & Walk will be taking place on Saturday August 3rd in Oak Creek, WI. The event will be a community gathering honoring those we lost on August 5, 2012, as well as celebrating all that has been done to bring the community together. More information can be found here.
The Oak Creek community will come together throughout the weekend in remembrance. The Akhand Paath will begin on Friday August 2nd and the Bhog will take place on Sunday August 5th. On Monday August 5th, there will be a candlelight vigil. More information can be found on the Gurdwara’s website.
Across the nation, communities are coming together for a day of service. Day of Seva projects will be occurring in New York City, Detroit, San Francisco, Modesto and Houston. Projects include feeding the homeless, park clean-ups and volunteering at the library. More information can be found here.
Other communities are gathering to write letters of support to the survivors and families of the victims. Information can be found here.
The Surat Fauj Running Club has organized a national run in solidarity against violence, taking place on Monday August 5th at 7pm. More information can be found here.
In San Antonio, community members will be participating in a solidarity Chardi Kala 6K Run/Walk, taking place on Saturday August 3rd. More information can be found here.
In Houston, community members have organized a Bring a Friend Day at their local gurdwara as a way of raising awareness. The event will be taking place on Sunday August 11th and more information can be found here.
In Canada, The Sikh Activist Network, Coalition of Sikh Organizations and One Panth have organized a run/walk/bike event which will take place on Monday August 5th in Brampton. More information can be found here.
*If we are missing any events, please leave them in the comments section.