For Immediate Release
Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director
Craig Tomiyoshi, Vice President- Public Affairs
Tom Hayashi, Executive Director
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and OCA have established a joint fund to raise money to support the victims of the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
The two organizations will work with their national partners in the Sikh American community, including South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and Sikh American Education and Legal Defense Fund (SALDEF), to establish the fund. The leadership of the JACL and OCA, in conjunction with Sikh American partner organizations, will work collectively to determine one or more nonprofit organizations to allocate the funds to, based on need and potential impact.
Contributions to the fund will be used to support the victims of the shooting, the injured police officer and their families. All contributions are tax-deductible, based on need and input from the partner organizations, and will be used to defray the costs of medical bills, funeral expenses, psychological counseling and sustaining the lives of the family members left behind.
To contribute to the fund, visit www.jacl.org or www.ocanational.org. Donations for this fund will be collected until August 31, 2012.
"In the past several days, our members from across the country have expressed a desire to show their support for the victims of the shooting," said Priscilla Ouchida, Executive Director of the JACL. "We're thrilled to be able to partner with and OCA as well as the Sikh American community leadership to provide our members and supporters with a way to show our support for all of those affected by this tragedy."
"This fund reflects our collective value to ensure that all members of the Asian Pacific American community is supported especially in times of tragedy," affirms Ken Lee, President of OCA.
"As a pan-Asian civil rights organization, out of this very unfortunate incident, we draw inspiration to continue our fight against all forms of hate crimes and to stand by our Sikh sisters and brothers in this very difficult time," stated Tom Hayashi, Executive Director of OCA.
In addition to donating to the fund, members and supporters of JACL and OCA can also show their support by participating in the national Moment of Reflection on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Participants wishing to send a message of support to the Sikh American community can do so on-line by clicking this link. We encourage allies to the Sikh American community to broadly share this information with your friends and colleagues to help educate them about Sikhs.