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Author: Pardeep Kaleka

Pardeep Kaleka: The dangers of Kanye West’s antisemitic rants four years after Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy

Four years ago, on October 27, 2018, the country and the world saw the traumatic consequences that the spread of antisemitic hate speech can have on a community. Eleven worshipper were killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue, in the deadliest hate crime in history that was committed against American Jews. The gunman, Robert Bowers, who is still awaiting trial, was radicalized online and proclaimed on his social media that his hatred of Jews stemmed from his anti-immigrant fervor and what he felt was an imminent immigrant invasion caused by Jews in America. Just the year before this hate...

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Heal, Unite, Act: Pardeep Singh Kaleka on restoring hope 10 years after the Sikh Temple tragedy

On the morning of August 5, 2012, a White Supremacist gunman assaulted the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, a gurdwara located in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. This violent attack was the deadliest mass shooting of Sikhs in U.S. history, and at the time, was one of the deadliest attacks on a U.S. house of worship in decades. Six worshippers – Paramjit Kaur Saini, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Prakash Singh, Suveg Singh Khattra, and Satwant Singh Kaleka – were killed on that horrific day. An additional community member, Baba Punjab Singh, was severely paralyzed and ultimately passed away from complications related to...

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Pardeep Kaleka: The connections of our Sacred Faiths are calling us to embrace mutuality

There are no shortage of discussions that highlight how we are more disconnected now than ever before. We hear it endlessly in conversations regarding politics and contemporary social issues. The landscape of America seems to constantly reinforce our divisions. However, are we really all that divided? Are we really all that different? And, are we really all that disconnected? Admittedly, my imagination has always longed for relationship and interconnection rather than disconnection and division. Therefore, when I am bombarded with information that informs me that there is constant strife and disunion, it takes a spiritual toll on me. I...

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Pardeep Kaleka: Understanding our moral obligation for delivering humanitarian relief to Afghanistan

“President Biden’s decision to set aside half of Afghanistan’s frozen reserves to 9/11 families is short-sighted, cruel, and will worsen a catastrophe in progress, affecting millions of Afghans, many of whom are on the verge of starvation.” – Lida Azim According to the most recent data collected by the United Nations, “about 90% of the Afghan people live on less then $2 dollars per day, and nearly half of the population is currently facing starvation.” That is nearly 23 million people. This is one of the most severe forms of a humanitarian crisis today, and there should be no...

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Year In Review 2021: Finding a strategy for giving up our confinement to fear

2021 began a second year with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, and the near collapse of American Democracy. Even with a vaccination for COVID-19, much of the turbulence from 2020 continued because of weaponized politics. That social trauma aggravated the public health crisis, and the economy’s struggle to recover. While the year did not present the same risks of physical injury for journalism as the previous, the editorial staff of Milwaukee Independent experienced many difficult challenges in the process of reporting the news and preserving those conditions with images. The Year In Review (YIR) series has evolved from a simple...

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America’s vitriol after 9/11: Remembering the innocent victims of our misguided patriotism

It can be said that it is one thing to remember, but yet another thing entirely to understand and reflect on. Undoubtably, September 11, 2001 has been seared into the collective psyche of America yet headlines still remind us that we must remember. For example, yesterday’s USA Today front page read, “America Doesn’t Forget,” and lots of other publications have echoed this same sentiment over the years. A collective demand of unified Nationalism. If you are old enough to remember that terrible day, then these headlines certainly back many of your feelings associated with that time period. If you...

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