By Ravinder Singh Robin, Washington, DC, August 2 ANI | 1 year ago

With the second anniversary of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin falling on August 5th, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), a co-chair of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus, jointly introduced House Resolution 698 with other Caucus co-chairs in remembrance of that tragic day.

The resolution condemns this murderous attack, honors the memory of its victims, offers heartfelt condolences to those directly impacted, applauds the bravery of first responders, condemns intolerance, and calls for continued vigilance against violence.

"Two years ago, a bigoted terrorist murdered six innocent Americans and forever altered the lives of their family, friends, and loved ones. We must stamp out this hate from all corners of our nation," said Congressman Garamendi.

Garamendi's Northern California based Third Congressional District is home to one of the largest Sikh communities in America. During shooting at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin 4 individuals were injured including a responding officer, Lieutenant Brian Murphy, who was shot 15 times at close range and Murphy and all the first responders to the Oak Creek Gurdwara demonstrated great courage in their quick response to the shooting, ultimately saving lives.

"We must also remember and promote the remarkable love that has shone through the darkness of that day: the Oak Creek Temple congregants who prepared langar, a free community meal for all visitors to the Gurdwara, regardless of their background; the valor of Sikhs and non-Sikhs in fending off the attacker; the candle-light vigils held in honor of the victims and to stand in solidarity with the Sikh community; and the increased effort of law enforcement and other groups to combat hate crimes and promote a more tolerant, peaceful society."

Last year, Congressman Garamendi joined a coalition that successfully persuaded the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikh-, Hindu-, and Arab-Americans through a letter signed by over 100 Members of Congress. He has also introduced House Resolutions wishing the Sikh-American community a joyous Vaisakhi, a long established harvest festival held throughout the Punjab region of South Asia.

He is co-chair of the Congressional American Sikh Caucus along with fellow co-chairs Congresswoman Judy Chu , Congressman David Valadao, and Congressman Patrick Meehan. The bipartisan Caucus educates Members of Congress about American Sikh issues and supports the community in Congress.

House Resolution 698 was cosponsored by 32 Members of Congress.

(Posted on 02-08-2014)

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