Reflections on Oak Creek: A word from Deepa Iyer, SAALT Executive Director

Picture3All week, we have been fea­tur­ing pieces from artists and advo­cates around the coun­try, shar­ing reflec­tions and mak­ing calls to action. We want­ed to show the com­mu­ni­ty of Oak Creek that peo­ple from all walks of life and around the coun­try are stand­ing with them on the one-year anniver­sary. Though, we con­clude our week­long blog series Reflec­tions on Oak Creek we all know the con­ver­sa­tion will con­tin­ue on.

I was hum­bled to be in Oak Creek this past week­end with SAALT rep­re­sen­ta­tives. I want­ed to share with you a piece that reflects that expe­ri­ence. You can find it at Col­or­lines.

Per­haps one of the last­ing lega­cies of this tragedy is that it will spark a whole new gen­er­a­tion of activists and orga­niz­ers, truth tellers and dis­rupters. Let us sup­port them by mak­ing a phys­i­cal pil­grim­age to the Oak Creek gur­d­wara each August 5 to under­stand, grieve and remem­ber. And every oth­er day, let us reaf­firm our col­lec­tive pledge to not let anoth­er Oak Creek hap­pen, in the spir­it of char­di kala.

In sol­i­dar­i­ty,
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Deepa Iyer
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor