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Using Film to Fight Hate

The film "Waking in Oak Creek" shows how a Wisconsin community came together after a tragic shooting at Sikh Temple.

The film “Waking in Oak Creek” shows how a Wisconsin community came together after a tragic shooting at Sikh Temple.

White supremacist Wade Michael Page in 2012 opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six people before being gunned down by police.

Despite the tragedy members of the Sikh Temple held peace rallies to foster connection with the community and the Oak Creek Police Department sought to improve their ties with the Sikh population

The community’s quest to turn tragedy into hope is recorded in the 30-minute documentary “Waking in Oak Creek” from the Not in Our Town project.

Not in Our Town, which is based in Oakland, Calif., uses film, educational materials, and engagement campaigns to help everyday people work to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.

“Waking in Oak Creek”  is being presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services as part of the Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

Staff at Not in Our Town says social workers can use the films and educational materials the organization offers to fight racism and other social injustices by bringing audiences together to discuss them and find solutions.

Social workers can request free DVD of “Waking in Oak Creek” for a community screening or training workshop. For more information visit https://www.niot.org/cops/wakinginoakcreek.

 

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