In a letter to the Sikh Activist Network from Ontario Leadership contender Gerard Kennedy, while expressing his regrets for being unable to attend Tears and Ashes , the former federal MP and leadership candidate has taken a very passionate, principled and commendable step.
In his letter to the Sikh Activist Network, while commending the organizers for their work in pursuit of justice, Gerard Kennedy has explicitly referenced the events of 1984 as “genocidal massacres” stating:
It is vitally important we continue to remember the victims of the genocidal massacre of Sikhs in 1984 in India, just as it is to foster growing awareness to all human rights contraventions wherever they arise in the world.
I want to commend your organization for constructively engaging youth in the promotion both of Sikh values and the universal values of human rights. This involvement is one path to experiencing true equality, where in all are accorded equal value and equal respect for themselves as individuals and for their own heritage, irrespective of culture, ethnicity or religion.
Gerard Kennedy’s statement has distinctly set him a part from other leadership candidates. No other Liberal leadership candidate federally or provincially has yet mentioned or taken a position on the 1984 Sikh Genocide.
The position taken by Kennedy has illustrated how grassroots activism from Sikh youth, has allowed the Sikh community to make large strides in aspirations of seeking justice and recognition for the 1984 Sikh Genocide, by prioritizing truth and reconciliation.
To show your support and appreciation for Gerard Kennedy’s comments please call/email Gerard Kennedy and thank him for his recognition of the 1984 as Genocide, in his letter to the Sikh Activist Network.