Dear CHAI Community,
I wanted to share an update on how we have been working with local and national organizations to connect and support our brothers and sisters who have been directly affected by the horrendous attack on the Sikh gurdwara. We also want to share ways you can help.
CHAI was able to have two representatives participate with the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations to hear directly from White House and Department of Justice representatives, as well as other governmental agencies reaching out to the South Asian community. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) has already been working intensively with the Sikh Coalition to bring groups together and support the community.
At the request if the Sikh Coalition, CHAI worked with the Division on South Asian Americans (DoSAA) to create a one page document on talking points for parents to address the violent event with their children. This will be available in English and Punjabi and will be released in the next day.
We have worked to share information about vigils in the MD/VA/DC area and will continue to share information as it is shared with us. We hope many of you will consider attending a vigil, extending support, or offering a sign of solidarity in other ways. I plan on attending the vigil in DC on Sunday evening in front of the White House.
CHAI has also been asked to help find local mental health professionals that speak Punjabi, who can either help with outreach locally or who are willing to travel to Wisconsin. The efforts in Wisconsin are a part of a larger coordinated effort with Sikh organizations and DoSAA. A statement will be coming out shortly. If you want to be a part of local efforts, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For efforts in Wisconsin, we can send more info to those interested, please email us directly.
We also want to reach out to our CHAI community with encouragement to support each other in these frightening times. The mosque burning on the heels of the mass shooting is evidence that, while its been over ten years since the attacks of September 11 that resulted in the death of 2,996 people, the hate and fear generated by those acts of violence still generate hate and violence against our community and families. In standing together against any hate-based action towards any groups we can stand together for peace and unity.
With Peace & Healing,
On Behalf of CHAI, Inc.
Razia Kosi, LCSW-C