• We Are All Sikhs: A Statement on Oak Creek Tragedy And its Impact

    This Friday, August 10th, a memorial service will be held for the six individuals who lost their lives in the tragic shooting at the Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The 186 undersigned community of civic, faith-based, immigrant rights, and civil rights organizations expresses our deepest condolences to the victims and their families affected by the mass shooting which left six individuals dead, at least three others critically injured, and many others wounded. We are grateful for the efforts by many Gurdwara congregants, first responders, and the local community in Wisconsin who helped to save lives and prevented an even greater loss of life from occurring.

    We call upon Americans to respond to this tragedy by supporting the families of the victims and Sikh community members. Over the course of this week, vigils are being planned around the country with the message of “We are all Sikhs.” We urge you to stand in support of the Sikh community and the values that bind us as Americans by attending a vigil in your area (a map of vigils can be found here).

    While facts are still emerging regarding the motivation of the perpetrator, the massacre at the Gurdwara in Oak Creek is part of a history of bias and violence that members of Sikh, Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities have endured in the decade following September 11, 2001. Sadly, community members continue to report discrimination, and places of worship are routinely targeted. Within 24 hours of the Wisconsin shooting, a suspicious fire, now being investigated as a possible arson, destroyed a mosque in Joplin, Missouri. The level of hate and violence inflicted on innocent Americans because of their appearance or religious faith is now at a crisis point.

    While our organizations represent a wide swath of individuals from different nationalities, backgrounds, faith traditions, and belief systems, we are bound together by a common purpose: we believe in the core American values of religious pluralism, equality, and inclusion. Our collective voices send out the message that as a nation, we must denounce the hate-fueled sentiment and bigoted rhetoric that has become much too frequent in our public and political discourse. The essence of our country after all is E pluribus unum: out of many comes a strong, unified one.

    We call upon our elected leaders, and civic, faith-based, and educational institutions to take steps to address xenophobia, racism, and anti-religious hate in our country today. We ask President Obama to host a summit that brings stakeholders together to identify concrete solutions. And we urge all individuals, regardless of faith or background, to speak out against bigotry at workplaces, schools, and family kitchen tables. As Americans, we must stand together to protect our nation’s values of equality and freedom for all.

    Endorsing Organizations (As of August 9, 2012)

    If your organization would like to join the statement of solidarity, please email info@saalt.org with the name of your organization and the subject line “Oak Creek Solidarity Statement.”

     

    • ACCESS
    • Adhikaar
    • AJC
    • Alliance San Diego (aka Equality Alliance)
    • American-Arab
    • Anti-Discrimination Committee
    • American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Florida Chapter (ADC-FL)
    • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
    • American Civil Liberties Union
    • American Muslim Association of North America (AMANA)
    • American Muslims for Emergency and Relief (AMER)
    • Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
    • API Chaya Apna Ghar, Inc.
    • The Applied Research Center
    • Arab American Action Network (AAAN)
    • Arab American Association of New York
    • Arab American Family Services
    • Arab American Family Support Center
    • Arab American Institute
    • Arab Muslim American Federation
    • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
    • Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
    • Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago
    • Asian American Federation
    • Asian American Institute, member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
    • Asian American Justice Center, member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
    • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
    • Asian American Recovery Services, Inc.
    • Asian Americans for Community Involvement
    • Asian Americans for Equality (AAAFE)
    • Asian Health Coalition
    • Asian Law Alliance
    • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
    • Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
    • Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)
    • Asian Pacific Community in Action Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA)
    • Asians Against Domestic Abuse
    • Auburn Seminary Bay Area
    • Asian Pacific American Legislative Staffers(BAAPALS)
    • Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
    • Breakthrough Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition Causa Justa: Just Cause Center for American Progress Center for Social Inclusion Chhaya
    • CDC Chicago Area Ethnic Resources Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
    • Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community Community to Community Development Coney Island Avenue Project Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago Council of Peoples Organization (COPO)
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Arizona Chapter
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Cincinnati Chapter
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Greater Los Angeles Area
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Iowa Chapter (CAIR-Iowa)
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Minnesota (CAIR-MN)
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – New York
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Oklahoma
    • Chapter Council on American-Islamic Relations – Sacramento Valley Office (CAIR-Sacramento Valley)
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – San Antonio Chapter (CAIR-SA)
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – San Diego Chapter
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) Office
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Texas, DFW Chapter
    • Council on American-Islamic Relations – Washington (CAIR-WA)
    • Counselors Helping (South) Asians/Indians, Inc.
    • Daya DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving
    • Elemental Partners Faith in Public Life
    • Families for Freedom Farmworker Association of Florida, Inc.
    • FICA (Federation of India Community Associations of NE Ohio)
    • Four Freedoms Forum Franciscan Action Network
    • Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
    • GlobeMed at Indiana University
    • Groundswell Health Through Action Arizona Coalition
    • Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
    • Human Rights First Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH)
    • Indian-American Bar Association of Chicago
    • Indo-American Center
    • Indo-American Heritage Museum
    • Interfaith Alliance International Organization for Adolescents
    • Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc.
    • Islamic Society of Milwaukee
    • Islamic Society of North America
    • Islamic Society of Tulsa
    • Japanese American Citizens League
    • Japanese American Citizens League – Chicago Chapter
    • Japanese American Citizens League – Midwest District Council
    • Japanese American Citizens League – Wisconsin Chapter
    • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
    • Laotian American National Alliance (LANA)
    • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)
    • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
    • Mai Family Services
    • Maitri Manavi
    • Mt. Zion Church of God (7th Day)
    • Mujeres Unidas y Activas
    • Muslim Advocates Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY)
    • Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA)
    • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
    • NAACP National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
    • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
    • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – Greater Phoenix Chapter
    • National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)
    • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
    • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD)
    • National Council of Jewish Women
    • National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
    • National Disability Rights Network
    • National Fair Housing Alliance
    • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    • National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
    • National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC)
    • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
    • National Tongan American Society
    • National Urban League
    • Natya Dance Theatre
    • Network of Indian Professionals (NetIP)
    • North America Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP)
    • North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA)
    • North Carolina Justice Center
    • OCA OCA – Greater Phoenix Chapter
    • Ohio Asian American Health Coalition
    • Oklahoma Conference of Churches
    • OneAmerica
    • Open Society Foundations
    • The Opportunity Agenda Organization of Chinese Americans – Silicon Valley Chapter
    • PAKPAC
    • Poverty & Race Research Action Council
    • Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago
    • Raksha Rights Working Group
    • Saathi of Rochester
    • Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus
    • Sakhi for South Asian Women
    • San Jose State University Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association
    • Satrang Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
    • Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE)
    • Shama Inc.
    • Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)
    • The Sikh Coalition Sisters of Mercy Institute Justice Team
    • South Asia Society of the University of Wisconsin,
    • Stevens Point
    • South Asian American Policy & Research Institute (SAAPRI)
    • South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
    • South Asian Bar Association of Arizona
    • South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia
    • South Asian Bar Association of Delaware (SABA-DE)
    • South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)
    • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
    • South Asian Bar Association of Ohio (SABA Ohio)
    • South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia (SABA Philadelphia)
    • South Asian Bar Association of San Diego
    • South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
    • South Asian Bar Association of Washington
    • South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC
    • South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS)
    • South Asian Network
    • South Asian Progressive Action Collective (SAPAC)
    • South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!)
    • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
    • Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ)
    • The Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs of ACPA – College
    • Student Educators International
    • Turning Point for Women and Families
    • United Methodist Women
    • UNITED SIKHS
    • United We Dream Network
    • USPAK Foundation
    • VAMOS Unidos
    • We Are All Brooklyn (WAAB)

     

  • Joplin Mosque Crime

    The Tulsa Say No to Hate Coalition is deeply concerned about the suspicious fire that destroyed a mosque in Joplin, Missouri in the early morning hours of August 6 during the holy month of Ramadan. The Islamic Society of Joplin mosque was previously a target of arson, and the most recent attack took place just one day after an alleged white supremacist gunman killed six Sikhs and wounded three others, including a police officer,
    near Milwaukee.

    An earlier fire at the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque on July 4, 2012 was deemed to be arson. In 2008, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe into the torching of a sign at the mosque; neither of the arsons was ever solved.We urge relevant state and federal law enforcement officials to conduct a comprehensive
    investigation of the arson, and the destruction of the Joplin mosque, and to pursue hate crime charges if appropriate.

    The Tulsa Say No to Hate Coalition champions diversity and advocates for those against whom bias, bigotry, and racism may be directed. Through our efforts and those of likeminded individuals and institutions, the Tulsa Say No to Hate Coalition seeks to improve the cultural, spiritual, physical, emotional, and economic wellbeing of all the people of Tulsa.