On August 5, 2012 a white supremacist walked into the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, and killed 6 people. After the attack, Pardeep Kaleka, son of the slain temple president reached out to Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist. Now, 6 years later, the two are friends and working together to prevent violence. They’ve formed a non-profit, Serve 2 Unite, and recently completed The Gift of Our Wounds, a book about their backgrounds and experiences since the Sikh Temple shooting.
In today’s podcast, Not In Our Town Founder Patrice O’Neill sits down with Pardeep and Arno to discuss their new book and share their stories.
Waking in Oak Creek Trailer
- Watch the Full Film — After one of the deadliest hate crimes in recent U.S. history, Waking in Oak Creek is a 35-minute film that profiles a diverse community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate and create a safe town for all.
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