NAPABA Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of the Oak Creek Gurdwara Shooting

For Immediate Release:
Date: August 5, 2022

Priya Purandare, Executive Director

WASHINGTON – Today marks the 10th anniversary of the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis., which resulted in the death of seven worshipers: Paramjit Kaur Saini, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Prakash Singh, Suveg Singh Khattra, Satwant Singh Kaleka, and Baba Punjab Singh. NAPABA, alongside the Oak Creek Sikh American community and Sikh communities across the nation, remembers and honors the lives lost and forever altered. We grieve with their families and stand with our community deeply impacted by this act of hatred.

“Every individual in our country has the right to live and thrive in a nation that feels safe and inclusive,” said NAPABA Executive Director Priya Purandare. “This year’s Oak Creek commemoration is centered around the message ‘Heal, Unite, Act’ — Together, we will continue to heal from the loss of loved ones, unite to confront hate-motivated violence, and further our long-standing commitment to act towards building a safe, diverse, and inclusive America.”

The 10-Year Remembrance Vigil at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin will be livestreamed on YouTube on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 6 p.m. CDT. For more information regarding Oak Creek remembrance events, please visit oakcreek10.squarespace.com.

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The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), represents the interests of over 60,000 Asian Pacific American (APA) legal professionals and nearly 90 national, state, and local APA bar associations. NAPABA is a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting APA communities. Through its national network, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of the federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes the professional development of people of all backgrounds in the legal profession.

AABANY Offers Condolences to Families and Loved Ones of the Victims of the Uvalde, Texas Shooting

19 children, 2 teachers – killed in yet another episode of gun violence that has become all too common. This endless tide of racial hate and gun violence continues to take the lives of innocent Americans across the nation.  The shootings targeting communities of color in Buffalo, Dallas, and now Uvalde, Texas must stop.  This week’s mass shooting at a Texas elementary school –  following the Buffalo mass shooting from two weeks ago resulting in deaths of 10 predominantly older victims – is a harsh reminder that our country has failed to protect the most vulnerable among us.  We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting.  We demand that our elected officials at all levels of government work together to take immediate action to protect Americans in their daily lives.

SABANY Fundraiser for Victims of the Oak Creek Gurdwara Shooting

From our friends at SABANY:

SABANY Fundraiser for Victims of the Oak Creek Gurdwara Shooting
Thursday, August 16, 2012, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Vermilion, 480 Lexington Avenue (b/t 46th and 47th Streets)
Suggested donation: $20
 
Please join SABANY for a fundraiser to support the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh community.  All donations will go to a fund established for the victims of the shooting, the injured police officer, and their families.  Vermilion has generously agreed to co-sponsor the fundraiser and will donate a portion of all bar sales to the fund. 
 
A staff member from the Sikh Coalition will speak at the event.  
       
For more information on the fund, or to donate if you cannot make it to the event, please visit the fund website.