Pardeep Singh Kaleka took an overwhelming tragedy and transformed it into a mission of universal love. Listen to this sacred brother share his story so eloquently and with deep emotion. This one really touched me from the heart. People like this give me hope that our tomorrows can be better than our today. His book is also fantastic.
Pardeep is author of The Gifts of Our Wounds, and a Licensed Therapist with D&S Healing Center and The Alma Center, specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse, and acts of violence. As a former Milwaukee Police Officer, Educator and co-founder of Serve2Unite.org, which was founded in response to the hate crime committed on August 5, 2012, his mission continues to be driven by healing. He is also the Editor and a Community Relations Writer for Milwaukee Independent.
In the wake of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting on August 5th, 2012, Serve 2 Unite emerged in a spirit of defiance. The hate behind the murders was met with an ongoing practice of fearless, creative, compassion. Rooted in the principles of service to others, and relentless optimism in the face of adversity, Serve 2 Unite today engages young people of all backgrounds to value humanity and the aspiration of living a genuine, honest life as a peacemaker.
Six members of the 400-person congregation of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin were murdered by a white supremacist on Sunday, August 5th, 2012.
“In this hour of grief, we thank the thousands of people around the globe who have offered their support and their prayers, and we encourage them to support those victims and families who are most in need. Together, we must work to repair our community and finally address the epidemic of violence in America,” said Amardeep Kaleka, who is the son of Satwant Singh Kaleka and a co-founder of Serve 2 Unite.
The six victims killed included five men: Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65, the founder of the temple; Prakash Singh, 39, an assistant priest; Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; Suveg Singh, 84; and one woman: Paramjit Kaur, 41. Punjab Singh, a Sikh Priest, was critically injured and remains in a coma today.
Serve 2 Unite is a response to this atrocity. In utter defiance of fear, ignorance, and hatred, we cultivate courage, wisdom, love, and human kinship on our Earth.