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The Sikh Temple shootings in Oak Creek in August weighed heavy on Christie Kern's mind, so much so that she decided to partner with members of the temple to hold a community event for people to learn about the Sikh culture.
When the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek happened in August, the tragedy weighed heavy on Christie Kern's mind. The Mount Pleasant resident and owner of Racine Community Acupuncture lived in Trinidad in 1990, when a coup claimed the lives on 50 people. Like everyone in the United States, she was horrified by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But the Sikh Temple shooting felt closer and more personal, like the attack was in her neighborhood. Prakash Singh, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Paramjit Kaur and Suveg Singh were shot to death by white supremacist Wade Michael Page at the Sikh Temple, 7512 S. Howell Ave, on August 5. Three others were injured, including an Oak Creek police officer. Like …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
“The majority of people are peace-loving, but some of them just want to fight. Let us hope that one day, there will be peace. It doesn’t sound too practical, but what a nice concept.”
Peace transcended international borders at Carthage College on Sept. 21, as a local group welcomed a guest with world-famous stature. Peace Learning Circles – a local nonprofit – welcomed Usha Gandhi Gokani, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, to deliver a keynote address on what it means to be a peacemaker. Peace and awareness were the themes highlighting a ceremony that marked the closing of an 11-day-long Circles of Peace event, which runs from Sept. 11 through 21. The event started in 2006. “We’re trying to build awareness of respect, values, inclusion and unity in our community,” said Sue Hollow, Executive Director of Peace Learning Circles, Inc. Gokani, who traveled from India the day prior for the event, spoke of the impact that peace …
Monday, September 12, 2011
Peace Learning Circles held its opening ceremony and I thought I'd share a few things that happened.
How did you spend your September 11? I spent mine with my daughter, Katheryn Faith. She’s a member of a group called Conflict Resolution Crew (CRC), which is part of the Case High School theatre company. They were invited to perform several skits called Soul Stories, which demonstrates peace-making skills to solve conflict, for the Peace Learning Circles opening ceremony at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Racine. Peace Learning Circles, a nonprofit educational organization, held an opening ceremony to invite the community to become more at peace with themselves and others for the next 10 days. The goal of the project is to promote safety and goodwill. “We wanted the focus to be on what have we learned since 9/11 and on how we can bring …