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One year after the hate attack, the Oak Creek, WI community comes together at The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin to remember the victims and support their families.
The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.
Amardeep Singh Kaleka, Harpreet Saini, Kamal Saini and Amardeep Kaleka in Washington, D.C. at the Senate hearing on hate crimes.
Photo Credit: Russell Brammer
Oak Creek Officer Sam Lenda and Lt. Brian Murphy at the Chardi Kala 6K Memorial Run.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards and Not In Our Town cameraman Dinesh Sabu remembering the attack on August 5, 2012 at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi and Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka at the Chardi Kala 6K Memorial Run.
A thousand people gather at Oak Creek High School for the Chardi Kala 6K Run to honor the Sikh community and the spirit of relentless optimism.
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A Community Rocked by Hate is Awakened and Transformed
The documentary Waking In Oak Creek profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshippers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the mayor and police chief lead the community as they forge new bonds with their Sikh neighbors. Young temple members and a police lieutenant, shot 17 times in the attack, inspire thousands to gather for events and honor the victims. After one of the deadliest hate crime attacks in recent U.S. history, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all.
Waking In Oak Creek (33:00) profiles a suburban town rocked by hate after six worshippers at a Sikh Temple are killed by a white supremacist. In the year following the attack, the film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all.
The film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.
Documentary - 34 minutes
About Not In Our Town
Not In Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. Not In Our Town films, new media, and organizing tools help local leaders build vibrant diverse cities and towns, where everyone can participate. Learn how you can take action at NIOT.org.
Launched by The Working Group in 1995, Not In Our Town began with a PBS documentary that told the story of how people in Billings, Montana joined together to respond to a series of hate crimes in their town. This simple, powerful story of citizens banding together struck a chord with audiences, and created a model that inspired viewers around the country to hold their own campaigns against intolerance. Not In Our Town has grown from a PBS documentary into a national effort to connect people working together to take action against hate and create safe, inclusive communities.
Not In Our School
Not In Our School (NIOS) highlights students, teachers and school leaders standing together against bullying and intolerance. NotInOurSchool.org features more than 20 Not In Our School videos, case studies and activities from schools across the country, and lesson plans from our education partner Facing History and Ourselves designed to spark dialogue and action about bullying, cyberbullying, diversity/multiculturalism, stereotypes and prejudice. After viewing the films, students can start their own Not In Our School activities, with support and guidance from teachers and administrators.
Major support of this program is provided by United States Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services; Einhorn Family Charitable Trust; Reva and David Logan Foundation; The ATHENA Fund; and CrossCurrents Foundation.
This film is being released as part of the Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative, a collaboration between Not In Our Town and the COPS Office. As part of this initiative, the COPS Office and Not In Our Town have joined forces to create vital new tools to help law enforcement professionals and community partners work together to prevent hate crimes, improve hate crime reporting, and address underlying tensions that can lead to violence.