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July 29, 2014

Two years, almost to the day, after the tragedy that rocked Oak Creek, Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) will broadcast THE SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTINGS: WAKING IN OAK CREEK. This inspiring look at the community's reaction airs on Monday, August 4 at 8:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.

The first half of the program features the broadcast premiere of the documentary WAKING IN OAK CREEK, which focuses on the events of August 5, 2012, when a white supremacist shot and killed six worshipers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, and the year following the attack. It tells the story of the mayor and police chief who led the community to forge new bonds with their Sikh neighbors. Young temple members and a police lieutenant, who was shot 15 times by the assailant, inspired thousands to gather for events and honor the victims. The documentary was produced by Not in Our Town, a national effort to connect people who are taking action against hate and creating safe, inclusive communities.

MPTV produced the last half-hour of the special, which features reactions to the documentary from Lt. Brian Murphy (retired) of the Oak Creek Police Department; Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi; and Pardeep Kaleka, whose father was the president of the temple and was gunned down in the rampage. The discussion is moderated by INTERCHANGE host Dan Jones.

Viewers can participate in a live, online discussion with key community leaders and those who were involved in the events of 2012, and in making WAKING IN OAK CREEK. This online conversation will be held immediately following the on-air and online broadcasts - at 9:00 p.m. Participants can join the discussion at and ask questions or make comments via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter. Moderated by MPTV's Denise Callaway, online panelists include Patrice O'Neill, filmmaker and executive director of Not in Our Town; Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, member of the Sikh Temple and a nephew to one of the victims; Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi; Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards; Tom Heinen, Executive Director of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee; Rev. Nancy Lanman, United Methodist deacon; and Dr. Irfan Omar, Ph.D., Marquette University theology professor.

About MPTV
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 644,300 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. For more information, visit

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. Launched by The Working Group in 1995, Not In Our Town began with a PBS documentary that told the story of how people in Billings, Montana joined together to respond to a series of hate crimes in their town. This simple, powerful story of citizens banding together struck a chord with audiences, and created a model that inspired viewers around the country to hold their own campaigns against intolerance. For more information, visit


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