A recent program in which we showed a film and followed with discussion, about a shooting at a Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek WI, was very well attended – 70+ people! The program was co-sponsored by TIG affiliated organizations: Troy Area Alliance Against Crimes, Troy Police Dept, and Know Your Neighbor Daily (KYND) and the hope is that we can schedule follow-up programs on what we can do individually and as a community to combat bias and hate crimes.
A disturbing statistic from the Troy Police is that they were called to respond 35,000 times (no typo!) in 2017 to incidents regarding negative comments or voiced threats based on racial, religious or sexual orientation bias, so we have a long way to go even in our town deemed one of the “safest in the country”!
The next TIG program will be an opportunity to learn more about the Church of the Latter-Day Saints, commonly called Mormon faith. The history, traditions, outreach efforts and some of the unique perspectives of this Christian faith will be explored.
The meeting will be 7:00 pm at the Troy LDS Meetinghouse, 2784 Square Lake Rd. in Troy on Tuesday February 6 (Meetinghouse isn’t open Mondays).
KYND will host a night with Dr. Michelle Johnson, who will explore the times and experiences in Michigan and the Caribbean countries that were the center of Black culture. She will discuss how these connections contributed to the philosophy and efforts of Malcolm X. This presentation will be at the Troy Public Library Wed. Jan. 31 from 7-8:30 pm. This will be followed up by a discussion of the book written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, X: A Novel. That event will be Thur. Feb. 22 7-8:30 pm at the Troy Community Center.