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Richmond Hill Sikh community marks anniversary of Wisconsin temple shooting


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Zachary Kraehling

ZACHARY KRAEHLING AND MAGGIE HAYES

Mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill to remember the shooting attack on a Wisconsin Sikh temple just a year ago.

Wade Michael Page, who has been called a white supremacist, walked into the temple as worshippers prepared for Sunday services and opened fire. Six people were killed.

Assemblymember David Weprin stood with the Richmond Hill Sikh community and said, “You are not mourning alone” and that all Americans continue to be “enriched” by the nation’s religious diversity.

“This community is about love of country and spirituality,” said one man. “The goal is prayer. God’s name is love, and without love there is nothing.”

 

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Enough is enough


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

When will the politicians listen? When will something finally be done to end the senseless violence?

Now it seems we are not even safe in our houses of worship.

The recents massacre of six inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin — the second such mass slaying in as many months — has hit home.

Queens, which prides itself on its multiculturalism, is home to a large Sikh community, a community now left wondering and worrying.

Why did shooter Wade Michael Page, identified in reports as an Army veteran and possible skinhead or white supremacist, target the Sikh community?

A tattoo on his arm was dedicated as a 9/11 memorial.

The irony is that 9/11 was executed by Muslim extremists — not Sikhs — and that the Sikh Coalition was formed on September 11, 2001, following backlash against the religion and its followers, often mistaken for Muslims.

And though, in the wake of the shooting, the NYPD has stepped up patrols outside Sikh temples, called gurdwara, we must be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE.

Over the past few weeks The Courier has been urging you, our readers and advertisers, to let our legislators know that something must be done about gun control — and it must be done NOW.

Page was reportedly in a white supremacist band called “End Apathy.”

We say it’s time to put an end to our apathy and push our elected officials on gun control.

Write, call, email — TODAY — and tell your local senator and congressmember, even the president, that you are in favor of gun control.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

 

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20500

Phone: 202-456-1111

 

Senator Charles Schumer: 322 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington D.C. 20510

Phone: 202-224-6542

 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: 780 Third Avenue Suite 2601

New York, New York 10017

Phone: 212-688-6262