On Wednesday, January 27 at 6pm, community action group BRIDGES is hosting a screening and discussion of the film Waking in Oak Creek at the Depot in Lexington Center. This is a community action event and will be attended by community leaders, government officials, and the general public. This event will include a panel discussion to follow, facilitated by Patrice O’Neill, Executive Producer and CEO of Not In Our Town Productions. Film subjects Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis will be in attendance.

RSVP is requested but not required: http://www.myvillage.us/my/BRIDGES

About the Film:

As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives, but not their resilience. After six worshipers are killed by a white supremacist, the local community finds inspiration in the Sikh tradition of forgiveness and faith. Lieutenant Murphy, shot 15 times in the attack, joins the mayor and police chief as they forge new bonds with the Sikh community. Young temple members, still grieving, emerge as leaders in the quest to end the violence. In the year following the tragedy, thousands gather for vigils and community events to honor the victims and seek connection. Together, a community rocked by hate is awakened and transformed by the Sikh spirit of relentless optimism.

This film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not in Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

About Not In Our Town:

Not in Our Town is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. Not in Our Town films, new media, and organizing tools help local leaders build vibrant, diverse cities and towns, where everyone can participate. For more information, visit www.niot.org


Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity

The mission of Bridges is to provide a civil forum for relationship building, two-way communication, facilitating mutual education, and promoting resolution of systemic concerns between interested law enforcement agencies and interested segments of the community, with the overall goal of ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all of society without the unlawful targeting, profiling, or curtailing of rights of any individual or community. For more information, visit www.mabridges.org