Congressman Crowley Strongly Condemns Vicious Attack on Sikh Gurdwara

Aug 5, 2012

Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), a leader on Sikh-American issues in the U.S. Congress, released the following statement in response to the tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin:

“I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families and community of those injured and killed in today’s tragic shooting, and I join the people of Wisconsin and the entire Sikh-American community in mourning. There is no room in any society for such violence.

“While we do not yet know the motivations of this senseless act and it’s important to wait for more information from law enforcement, we do know that Sikh-Americans are too often the victims of intolerance and hate. Today we all grieve for those lost in this tragic event.”

Rep. Joe Crowley has actively worked to promote efforts protecting the Sikh-American community from crimes and encouraging recognition of Sikh history and culture.  Over the last year, Sikh-Americans have been targeted for attack in New York, Michigan and California.  In April, Crowley led a letter signed by 93 members of Congress urging the FBI to document and quantify the commission of hate crimes against Sikh-Americans. 

Congressman Crowley is a seven-term representative from the 7th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and is a chief deputy whip in the Democratic leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives.