2. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Tony Evers, (D) Wisconsin:
"I'd like to officially present this proclamation declaring the month of April Sikh awareness and appreciation month throughout the state of Wisconsin. Thank you so much."
3. Evers with proclamation
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4. Tight of proclamation
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gov. Tony Evers, (D) Wisconsin:
"On the door that opens into the prayer hall there hangs a gold plaque that says "We are one." While our state and our country still has much left to do to create a culture of mutual understanding the message is always been very clear. We are one."
6. Various of bullet hole, plaque
7. Gov. Evers and others at event
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jaspreet Kaleka, whose father in law Satwant Kaleka was killed in the shooting:
"Having Governor Evers come here to present that was honestly if you would ask me six, six years ago if something like that could ever happen I would've said absolutely not. You now, Bbut a tragedy like August that started a conversation and you know six years on the road the state of Wisconsin is recognizing April as Sikh Appreciation Awareness Month. That's amazing. So we're very appreciative that he was able to do that."
9. Gov. Evers and others in worship hall
10. Various of proclamation
11. Gov. Evers greeting woman
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Jaspreet Kaleka, father-in-law was killed in 2012 shooting:
"It's hard because time and time again like houses of worship are being attacked and we keep saying how does this keep happening. But yet it still does and I think it does come to how do we educate people just about not even just like you know a Sikh, our religion, but everybody else like Muslims like how do we get more people to understand who we are so they can not be fearful."
13. Various of Gov. Evers and worshipers
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14. SOUNDBITE (English) Jaspreet Kaleka, father-in-law was killed in 2012 shooting:
"So you know every April now it's the younger generation that are going to school. I think at least there's something to talk about with their friends because it's still happening even in middle school, high schools. I mean people are being targeted and that doesn't seem OK especially and we're in 2020 almost."
A Milwaukee-area Sikh temple where a white supremacist fatally shot six parishioners in 2012 hosted Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to make April Sikh Awareness and Appreciation month.
The celebration comes at a time when houses of worship have been targets of violence recently. A gunman opened fire in a California synagogue where about 100 people were celebrating the last day of Passover Saturday, killing one and injuring three others. Last month, 50 people were killed at mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
The national Sikh Coalition in New York has gotten 33 Sikh Awareness and Appreciation proclamations around the country, including some from states, counties, cities, and school districts. But the latest at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek has special significance because of its tragic past.
Jaspreet Kaleka helped welcome the governor to the temple. Kaleka's father in law, Satwant Singh Kaleka founded the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek and was among the worshippers killed.
She says she thinks the proclamation will help bring attention to the community and educate younger generations in schools, where kids are targeted, about their religion.