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Olivia Alperstein

August 4, 2016

Progressive Congress Calls for

Solidarity with Oak Creek, Wisconsin and Meaningful Action after 4 Year Anniversary of Hate Violence

Washington, D.C.-- Tomorrow, Friday, August 5, is the four-year anniversary of the massacre at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Six people were murdered at the hands of a white supremacist. As the Oak Creek community marks the anniversary on Saturday, Progressive Congresses expresses our solidarity with Oak Creek and with Sikh and South Asian communities around the nation. Progressive Congress condemns the the hatred and bigotry that have led to violence and loss of life.

Our nation is stronger when we stand together united against fear and when we celebrate our differences in defiance of horrible acts that would seek to divide us.

The following is a statement from Dr. Gabriela Lemus, President of Progressive Congress:

“On this sad anniversary of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin murders, I feel it necessary to contemplate the painful divides in our great country.  How much more hate must rise to the top before it is conquered by the unity that should draw us together?  Yes, we are all different, from many faiths and many cultures. But we are all drawn to this country because of what it stands for: the hope for liberty and justice for all. It's our common dream - the American Dream.

“Let us come together today in remembrance, not only for the victims of Oak Creek, but all the victims of Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando and far too many other tragedies.  Let us stand together and urge Congress to end hate violence by creating anti-bias taskforces, ending policies that create a climate of suspicion and fear, refraining from hostile and divisive political rhetoric, and banning assault weapons which serve no other purpose than to kill or maim innocent people. We urge the federal government to act swiftly and decisively to prevent further hate crimes. Actions speak louder than words, and we must act boldly in addressing all forms of hateful rhetoric.”