On Aug. 5, 2012, a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, rocked the community and the country. The shooter, 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, was reportedly a member of the Hammerskin Nation, the skinhead gang Arno helped create. Feeling driven to do respond in a positive way, Arno connected with Pardeep Kaleka, whose father was the last person murdered in the shooting. They were both members of the Against Violent Extremism network, and they decided to meet in person.
"When we first met, he asked me a simple question. Why? and I replied: Practice. When you practice violence you become familiar with it and things like love, compassion and kindness become uncomfortable so you reject them, you find yourself literally running away from every situation in which you experience humanity"
Today they are the closest of friends, and co-founders of Serve 2 Unite, an organisation centred around youth of all backgrounds mentoring and peacebuilding, in an effort to steer vulnerable kids away from all forms of extremist ideology and cultivate a society where all people are valued and included.