In December 2015 and January 2016, the Central Valley Sikh community witnessed a hate crime against an elderly Sikh gentleman, soon to be followed by the brutal killing of another at his place of employment. Whenever the community has faced hardships in the past, the Sikh Gurus shared a 2-prong solution. Build strength/resolve and share that much more (parupkaar). So this is what we are doing again here in Fresno.
We began the "Meet the Neighbors" initiative back in 2013 and served pizzas to the Southwest Fresno community after the attack on Baba Piara Singh. We have continued it in Selma in 2014 and in West Fresno in 2015. This time we will be doing it in Kerman.
Starting TODAY we take our stand against hate through generosity (parupkaar). We will be sharing pizzas with 150 families around the Kerman Gurdwaras area. This neighborly gesture is meant to meet our neighbors and let them get to know us better through the way that Sikhs do best, food! Join us from 5-7pm either on Thursday (we will be handing out the initial flyer), Friday (we will be handing out the pizzas), and on Saturday from 2-4pm (we will have an open-house at Kerman Gurdwara).
Come out with your family and help us serve against hate. If you can't make it, we do need your help raising money and donate that way. We are handing out 150 pizzas at at a cost of $5 (unfortunately the pizza oven at Kerman Gurdwara is broken, so we will be purchasing them instead) for a total cost of $750. Make a contribution through www.jakara.org/donate
We will be passing out the following flyers - the black/white one tonight and the color one with the pizza tomorrow.
For more information contact Simranjit Singh at 559-779-4916.