With hate crimes on a rise, I think it’s crucial for all of us to come as one to raise our community profile, create real interactions, and build sangat through initiatives like the Know Your Neighbor.
The first time we had the Know Your Neighbor event was in Fresno when Piara Singh ji was beaten for simply being a Sikh man. To put an end to such ignorance, our Sikh youth got together to educate their neighbors about Sikhs.
Just recently, similar hate crime took place in Kent, Washington. A Sikh man was shot in his arm and was told to go back to his country. I was at the Stockton Gurudwara when I first heard about this. I was furious and wanted to have the know your neighbor event in our local community before such incident took place in our area!
Livingston High School’s Sikh Honor Service Society’s members came together with Merced College’s Jakara Movement Club and had a Know Your Neighbor event in Livingston from March 9th to 11th.