APALA and ASAAL stand in solidarity with the Sikh Community
Response to the senseless shooting in Oakwood, Wisconsin
The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and the Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) are saddened by the tragedy that occurred Sunday at the Sikh gurdwara, or place of worship, in Oakwood, Wisconsin. We extend our deepest condolences to the victims and their families.
APALA and ASAAL condemn the violence that took the lives of six people and wounded three others – including priests, elders, and law enforcement officials. “I am shocked and saddened by the news. We will continue to fight against hate, bigotry and discrimination” said Johanna Hester, APALA National President.
Since the September 11th attacks, hate crimes and attacks against the Sikh community have risen – over 700 incidents of discrimination and bias have been reported by the Sikh Coalition. “We are all Americans,” said ASAAL President and Founder Maf Uddin. “The Sikh community has made notable contributions to this country. Such violent acts against any community must not be condoned. We are united more than ever before.”
Founded in 1992, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is the first and only national organization of Asian Pacific American union members to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights. APALA has 14 chapters in 8 states serving as a bridge connecting Asian Pacific Americans with the broader labor movement.
Alliance of South Asian American Labor (ASAAL) is of the community and for the community. ASAAL believes that communities can only be empowered through education, activism and participation.