Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Solidarity for victims of the Oak Creek shootings. Community members, leaders, advocates and allies are invited to stand in solidarity with the Sikh community and those who were lost in the tragedy. Here are some suggestions passed along from South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) on ways you can help:
1. Attend a vigil in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/OakCreekVigils for information on vigils in your area.For further information and updates, visit the SAALT website: Standing in Solidarity: Ways You Can Support the Families in Oak Creek.
2. Donate. There are three funds created to help the families to help cover funeral costs, contribute to a memorial fund, and support the victims.
3. Send a letter. Groundswell is offering the online community an opportunity to send the Sikh community in Oak Creek a message.
4. Spread the word. Do you want to share articles that might be useful? Retweet from @SAALTweets or @Sikh_Coalition or @SALDEF if you are on Twitter. We are sharing articles throughout the day that might be helpful for you and your community to read over social media. We are also on Facebook.
5. Share your thoughts. Write a blog post or op-ed in your local newspaper that expresses your feelings about what happened, and emphasizes the solidarity and connections between all Americans and Sikhs.
In related news, it's being reported that white supremacist shooter Wade Page, who was shot it the stomach by a police officer, actually died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head: Wisconsin Sikh temple gunman killed himself: FBI.