Chardhi Kala | Not in Our Town

Chardhi Kala

By Luke Grabski  I read an article recently called “An American Tragedy” by Nuanihal Singh from August 2012, shortly after a white supremacist opened fire in the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The article raises awareness about the lack of awareness about the horrible events that took place. While reading how Singh was concerned that the national media treated “the massacre in Oak Creek … as a tragedy for Sikhs in America rather than a tragedy for all Americans,” I reflected on my recent experience at the Not In Our Town National Leadership Gathering. Almost two years after the massacre in Oak Creek, I sat in a large room in the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana as family members and survivors of the shooting sat on a panel about the actions they’ve taken to prevent these situations in the future.
Two years after the horrific shooting at the Sikh Temple of Oak Creek, WI, the town is coming together to honor the six worshippers who were killed that day and to celebrate the community’s relentless optimism, or “Chardhi Kala.”