It was just one year ago on August 5, 2012 when white supremacist Wade Michael Page opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, killing six people. Candlelight vigils were held, and First Lady Michelle Obama visited the temple later that same month. The act was described by Attorney General Eric Holder as “an act of terrorism, an act of hatred, a hate crime.”
Upon the first anniversary of this massive hate crime, American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice (ACJ) calls upon civil rights leaders and all people to remember the incident, the victims, and to redouble their efforts to preach tolerance and understanding of people of different ethnicities and faiths.
Emma Chen, president of American Citizens for Justice, observed “We should take this opportunity to speak out on the tragic effects of unprovoked racial hatred and acts of violence, whether it occurs in our schools, places of work, or places of worship.”
Join ACJ in remembering the victims at Oak Creek, and pledging to speak for tolerance and understanding.
American Citizens for Justice is a 501(c)(3) non-profit civil rights organization devoted to advocacy and education on civil rights for Asian Americans and all people.