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Express your solidarity with Wisconsin’s Sikh community

by Ryan Torok

August 7, 2012 | 1:17 pm

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Temple in Brookfield, Wisc. on Aug. 6. Photo by REUTERS/John Gress

In the wake of Sunday’s shooting in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that left six dead and three more wounded, over 2,000 people have submitted e-notes expressing solidarity for Wisconsin’s Sikh community, including “Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, Unitarian Universalists, atheists, and agnostics,” according to Groundswell, a multi-faith social action movement that is coordinating the letter-writing campaign.

Spotlighting Groundswell’s efforts, Rabbi Sharon Brous, spiritual leader of progressive Jewish community IKAR, is calling on people to participate in Groundswell’s campaign by sending in notes of “condolences and blessings for healing,” directing people to Groundswell’s website.

A third generation Sikh American and the author of an Aug. 6 CNN op-ed about the shooting, Kaur is delivering the notes in person when she visits Wisconsin this week.

In the message posted to IKAR’s site, Brous also condemns the “reckless proliferation of guns in this country, which make it absurdly easy for mass shootings to take place,” including the recent Aurora, Colorado shooting. She refers to Kaur as a “friend” and an “exceptionally talented young woman.” Kaur’s 2008 documentary, “Divided We Fall,” documented Kaur’s travels across the country as she discovered stories related to post-9/11 racism and hate crimes.

In calling attention to this past weekend’s tragedy, Brous joins several other local and national organizations that have issued statements of outrage at the actions of the alleged shooter—Wade Page, an army veteran with ties to the white supremacist movement, whom police officers shot dead on the scene – including the Board of Rabbis of Southern California; the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders and Bend the Arc, a Jewish Partnership for Justice.

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