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How to Support the Sikh Community in Milwaukee

A gunman attacked Sikh community members worshiping at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin near Milwaukee yesterday and many wonder how they can help the community recover.

Novelist Neil Gaiman shared a link to an IndieGoGo campaign to help the Milwaukee community and the group has already raised nearly $40,000. Here’s more about the fundraising efforts:

We are raising funds publicly and non-anonymously to ensure that there are no concerns about accountability and transparency.  We anticipate that the Milwaukee Sikh community will require substantial financial support, as an adjunct to the warmth and respect that Sikhs and friends of Sikhs will provide all over the world. It will take some time before the precise needs of the Milwaukee Sangat are enumerated.  We plan to work closely with the local Sikh community and doctors to determine the best way to distribute funds. One of the organizers has direct ties to the Milwaukee Sikh Sangat and has partnered with active members to determine the best way to distribute funds.

If you want to learn more about the rich literary and religious heritage of the Sikhs, you should explore the Panjabi Digital Library–a vast digital collection of “manuscripts, books, official records, newspapers, miniatures, murals, periodicals, paintings, pictures, architecture” from the Panjab region where the cultural group originated.

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