Following the attack on 68 year old Amrik Singh Bal, the Fresno community held a town hall meeting at our very own Paaras Youth Center to discuss what actions the Sikhs could take to prevent future attacks. The room was filled to the brim with supporters and well wishers from both Sikh and non-Sikh backgrounds.
The town hall gave Fresno youth a chance to speak up and have their voices heard. The congregation worked together to create an extensive list of actions they wish to take to help prevent future attacks. This list contained some of the following suggestions.
- Re-naming public parks and highways to reflect the demographics of local communities
- Work to encouraging cultural studies in schools
- Get Veterans involved
- Get more involved with community events
- Encourage students to take part in culture days at their schools
Although the climate of the town hall ended with a sense of satisfaction for all that was discussed, there is still much work to be done. No dates have been set as to when any of the talking points will be enacted, nor have leads been appointed to enact any of these points.
It saddens me to say that following atrocities such as these there is a heightened sense of emotions and a small window of opportunity to channel those emotions to do something productive. Although the community managed to raise an $11,000 reward via Crime Stoppers, that can be collected to anyone who helps finding those responsible for what happened to Amrik Singh. This is not a permanent solution to the problem.
If any of the points on this list speak to you, or if you can come up with a way to channel the passion of the community along with your own please reach out to me and I promise to provide you with a platform to help spread the word.