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A Community Conversation: compassion after hate

A Community Conversation: how compassion can be built even in the most radical minds.

SPARK, the local effort of The Avielle Foundation invites you to join a duo of speakers on Hate and Compassion to Newtown on Sunday, October 29th at 6 pm.

WHERE: Newtown Parent Connection, 2 Washington Square on the Fairfield Hills Campus
WHEN: Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 6 pm
Light refreshments and beer and wine will be available.

Click to RSVP this is a free event with limited seating

This limited attendance free event is a preface to next years Brain Storm Experience, connecting our community through a deeper understanding of brain health. This conversation will delve into hate in a community and how compassion can be built even in the most radical minds.

We welcome Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis to our community to provoke growth and understanding. 

Pardeep Kaleka:
Pardeep is the eldest son of Satwant Singh Kaleka – the president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, who was gunned down during the attacks of August 5th, 2012. Pardeep grew up in Milwaukee and graduated from Marquette University.

Being a former Milwaukee Police Officer and a current teacher in the inner city – Pardeep is no stranger to the never-ending battle against racism, bigotry, and ignorance. He firmly believes that the lamp of knowledge and truth will outshine all the darkness in the world, and does his best to profess this through his work with Serve 2 Unite.

Arno Michaelis:
In the late 1980′s and early 1990′s, Arno Michaelis was a founding member of what went on to become the largest racist skinhead organization on Earth, a reverend of a self-declared “Racial Holy War,” and lead singer of the hate-metal band Centurion, which sold 20,000 CDs by the mid-nineties and is still popular with racists today.
Single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shown by the people he once hated all helped to turn Arno’s life around, bringing him to embrace diversity and practice gratitude for all life. Today Arno is a speaker, author of My Life After Hate, and very fortunate to be able to share his ongoing process of character development working with Serve 2 Unite.

Arno enjoys spending time with his daughter, art, music, and all forms of fearless creative expression, along with climbing things, being underwater, and the wonderful natural beauty of our planet Earth. Learn more at