Balbir Singh Sodhi

‘People Saw Only A Turban And A Beard’: Reflecting On A Post-Sept. 11 Death.


On Sept. 15, 2001, Balbir Singh Sodhi was outside of the Chevron gas station he owned in Mesa, Ariz., when he was shot and killed.

Balbir was Sikh and wore a turban. In one of the first hate crime murders following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a man, assuming Balbir was Muslim, shot and killed him as retaliation.



You can contribute to the memorial fund by sending contributions to the following address:

Balbir Singh Sodhi Memorial Fund
Bank One, Arizona
Mail Code AZ1-1285
241 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004 (USA)
Account #1308-8566

The Sikh Coalition

The Problem

On August 5, 2012, a neo-Nazi walked into a Gurdwara (Sikh house of worship) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and massacred worshippers inside, killing six and permanently altering the lives of many others. Since then, additional Sikh gurdwaras and other American houses of worship have been actively targeted through vandalism, arson, bomb threats, bioterrorism, and mass shootings. Members of the Sikh American community and Sikh gurdwaras continue to be targets for acts of hate.

Sikhs have a long tradition of defending gurdwaras against attacks. However, many are not necessarily aware of how to obtain free security consultations and safety checks that will better protect their gurdwaras.

The Solution

Since 2017, the Sikh Coalition has been sharing free security preparedness resources with over 250 gurdwaras across the United States. Using existing guidance from the federal government, we have been sharing authoritative guidance on improving security with gurdwaras of all sizes. The expertise, knowledge, and recommendations shared by these security experts is some of the best in the country.

The US National Guard and the Sikh Coalition

For your convenience, we have enclosed the following informational resources (please click download above):

  • Protecting Houses of Worship Against Arson – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Potential Indicators, Common Vulnerabilities, and Protective Measures: Houses of Worship – Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • How to Respond When An Active Shooter is In Your Vicinity – Department of Homeland Security (DHS/Punjabi)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also offers free security consulting through its Protective Service Advisor Program. Consultants can visit your gurdwara and provide advice for improving security, such as installing alarm systems and video cameras, improving locks and lighting, and creating an emergency response plan. Some gurdwaras may also be eligible for federal grants to improve their physical security. Before contacting DHS about this program, please note that this agency is responsible for immigration enforcement. Although government officials have assured us that their security consultants do not collect or share information that could lead to immigration raids and deportation orders, we cannot know for certain whether this is true. We encourage you to keep this in mind when considering whether this program is right for your sangat.

Oak Creek Sikh temple Shootings

August 5th 2020

Neo-Nazi shooter who gunned down six at Sikh temple was former soldier who was leader of racist white-power band

Wade Michael Page worked in psychological operations in Fort Bliss and Fort Bragg

Was previously a missile repair man and was kicked out of the army in 1998

Alleged to have broken up with girlfriend Misty – who was student at University of Milwaukee and has an autistic son

Page’s mother is ‘devastated’ but said she has had no contact with her son ‘for some time’
Was killed by police officer after he shot six people at Sikh temple

Page said to be a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band

Victims include temple president Satwant Kaleka, 65, who tried to stop him

FBI looking for another ‘person of interest’

Priest Parkash Singh, in his thirties, also killed

epa03344295 Indian people pass burning tyres set on fire by members of Sikh community during a demonstration against the shooting at the Wisconsin Sikh temple, in the northern Indian city of Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir on 06 August 2012. Reports state that at least seven people dead, including gunman and around thirty critically wounded when a gunman opened fire during the morning services on 05 August 2012 at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA. EPA/JAIPAL SINGH
Activists from National Akali Dal, a regional Sikh political party, hold swords and shout slogans in New Delhi Aug. 6 during a protest against Sunday’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

In the northern city of Jammu, dozens of Sikhs gathered to protest the shooting, shouting slogans and carrying placards that read, “Ban open sale of weapons in U.S.A.” and “Shame Shame Shame.”

Wisconsin has some of the most permissive gun laws in the country and had passed a law in 2011 allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

Jagjit Singh Kaleka, the brother of the president of the temple, who was among the six Sikhs killed, said he had no idea what the motive was for the attack.

“But we know the more assault weapons we distribute the more situations like this we will have,” he said. The U.S. had a ban on certain assault weapons but it expired in 2004.

American Sikhs said they have often been singled out for harassment, and occasionally violent attack, since the September 11, 2001 attacks because of their colorful turbans and beards.

Office for Victims of Crime Announces $512,730 Grant to Support Victims of the Sikh Temple Attack in Oak Creek, Wis.

Temple members say this isn’t the first attack on the Sikh community since 9/11, but the largest concern right now is for the estimated 10 children who witnessed the shooting on Sunday.

On August 9, United States Attorney James Santelle and the Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice organized a community-wide gathering with representatives of the Sikh Temples in Oak Creek and Brookfield, leaders of the local, regional, and national Sikh organizations and associations, officials of federal, state, and local government, including law enforcement, and others.

Azana Spa active shooting

Seventy-seven days after the attack at the Oak Creek Sikh temple, some temple members traveled to Brookfield Sunday to help console victims of the shooting at the Azana Spa.

Radcliffe Haughton (Active Shooter)

On Monday, October 21st, there were two types of observances going on. A memorial to the victims of the spa shooting is set to be held at Milwaukee’s City Hall at 6 p.m.


Earlier in the day, there was a “Call to Action” event — also to remember the shooting victims. Nine women were seen laying on the ground at the corner of Wisconsin and Jackson in downtown Milwaukee.


Active Shooter Drills and Exercises

Iranians burn flag: Americans burn flag: World burns flag


This is the same acts that are taking place in America, across the Country. The protesters in America, acting much in the same mob like mentality that we are used to seeing in Muslim Country’s.  The protesters in America, carrying out these protest at every move our leader makes without ever even giving him a chance to lead.

Protesters outside the RNC.


It is amazing that in protest all across the world, there is always a swarm of reporters present to spread the hatred shown to the populace of the world. I have to wonder as in America, who organizes these protest, who informs the media, and why these are the stories that the media chooses to report.

Protesters in Montreal


The protesters gathered to oppose Trump, who was scheduled to speak at the California GOP Convention on Friday afternoon. Protesters also gathered the night before in Costa Mesa, California where Trump held a campaign rally.


Protesters burn a U.S. flag and a mock flag with pictures of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump outside the U.S. embassy in metro Manila, Philippines, Jan. 20, 2017.

Protesters burn a U.S. flag and a mock flag with pictures of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump outside the U.S. embassy in metro Manila

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