Statement on the Shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh
Posted by Christopher Hundley, Public and Government Relations Director
on October 27, 2018
SEIU Local 668 condemns, in the strongest possible terms, yesterday’s hateful attack in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and all those affected, as well as with those first responders who were called into action yesterday.
Believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community on U.S. soil in our nation’s history, yesterday’s shooting is a reminder to all that we must be vigilant against not only deliberate displays of hatred but also against hatred in all of its forms, no matter how minor or insignificant-seeming. We must reject the rhetoric and politics of divisiveness in our nation. We must demand that we hold ourselves, our neighbors, our family members, and our elected officials to a higher standard: one that uplifts rather than divides. We cannot sit quietly in the wake of yet another tragedy and not advocate fiercely for change.
We stand with the Tree of Life synagogue, Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, and the Jewish community in this moment and in the days ahead. #WeRise