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Author: Pardeep Kaleka

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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Saaya Unveiled: Milwaukee author offers insight into the mental health issues of the South Asian diaspora

The month of May is both “Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month” and “National Mental Health Awareness Month.” In recognition of the many layers and complexities that show up in the South Asian experience, I’m reviewing the work of author, Mrinal Gokhale in her first published book, Saaya Unveiled: South Asian Mental Health Spotlighted. As a clinician myself, I am always in search for great resources that could help inform the many diverse mental health treatment modalities, planning, and goals for my clients. Gokhale, in her book, intimately explored the lives of 11 South Asians with upbringings connected...

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