When a gunman opened fire in a Sikh house of worship on a Sunday morning in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the Groundswell team launched into action within minutes. Together, we collected and delivered more than 4,000 prayers of love and support for the victims’ families. We kept the story alive in national media and worked social media around the clock. We joined Sikh advocacy organizations in a long-term campaign to persuade the FBI to track hate crimes against Sikhs, Hindus, and other minorities – and won. One year later, President Obama announced the landmark change in our federal hate crimes policy to combat hate in America. We could not have succeeded without the Groundswell team’s powerful digital support, media savvy, and extraordinary commitment to interfaith solidarity.
– Valarie Kaur
Groundswell founder and Sikh-American Activist